StoryCorps: Danny and Annie on WXXI-TV

StoryCorps: Danny and Annie on WXXI-TV

Tue, 08/17/2010 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Danny and Annie

The renowned oral-history project brings stories to visual life in six documentary shorts. Danny and Annie kick off the series Tuesday, August 17, and airs during POV's Salt.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has been recording and preserving the voices of everyday people, one conversation at a time. For the past five years, the producers have shared one of these stories each week on NPR. Now, StoryCorps brings its Peabody Award-winning storytelling to WXXI-TV in collaboration with POV. StoryCorps’ new animated shorts feature some of the series’ best-loved radio stories.

Animated by Mike and Tim Rauch and using original StoryCorps audio recordings, these short films capture the intimate and emotionally resonant conversations that have become renowned as NPR’s quintessential “driveway moments.” The series of six documentary shorts will take viewers from an intimate conversation between a boy with Asperger’s syndrome and his mom, to a Brooklyn couple remembering how they fell in love and recognizing that they now must learn to let go, and to several other memorable places in between.

The StoryCorps animated shorts premiere on Tuesday, August 17 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11) with Danny and Annie.
Airing during POV's Salt, part 1 of the short introduces viewers to Brooklyn natives Danny and Annie Perasa, who reminisce about their 27-year love affair. Though he may not look the part, when Danny talks about his love for Annie, it’s obvious that he is one of the world’s great romantics. Part 2 tells of their nearly three decades of marriage and the fatal illness that dashed Danny and Annie’s hopes for a long life together. In an intimate and heartbreaking glimpse into a marriage, this animated short witnesses true love as it braves the finality of loss.

Additional StoryCorps animated shorts on POV include:

Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 10 p.m., airing with “The Edge of Dreaming”:
·      Q&A – Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua's unique questions and Sarah’s loving, unguarded answers reveal a relationship that reminds us of the best — and the most challenging — parts of being a mother.

Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m., airing with “Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy”:
·      Germans in the Woods – Joseph Robertson was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, and he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The stark black and white images in this short haunt the viewer — just as Robertson is haunted still by his memories of that battle.

To learn more about the Storycorps short films, visit

About StoryCorps:
StoryCorps, , one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, reaches out to record history, hopes, and common humanity —and illuminate the true character of this nation.The first StoryBooth opened on Oct. 23, 2003, in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Since then almost 30,000 everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends in StoryCorps recording booth. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress.

In July 2009 StoryCorps came to Rochester during the City’s 175th anniversary celebration to record more than 200 people who shared their personal stories. Over the past year public radio listeners have heard these stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. This StoryCorps Rochester special series brings the regional stories together for one last re-telling. To learn more about StoryCorps Rochester, and to listen to the stories online, visit