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Stories of Why You Care

(create your own custom badge like the one above)

In advance of the 2012 political conventions, WNYC is gathering stories of how you came to care about the issue that matters the most to you in a series we’re calling That’s My Issue. Tell us the story of how a particular experience shaped your opinions about something originally, or changed an opinion you used to hold.

→ Participate: Submit Your Story, Create Your Badge | Record | Slideshow | Essays

It can be from the last four years, or from early in your life. Your experience could have clarified an issue, or made it more complicated. Did you grow up poor? Become rich? See your parents get married or divorced? Grow a business? Become uninsured? Move to this country or get away?

Whether it’s cultural, economic, environmental, or whatever – tell us a story. If you care about it, we want to hear about why. You'll be able to create a custom badge like the one above, record your stories directly from your computer, and read guest posts about a whole host of issues. We’ll be featuring your stories on-air at WNYC, and online at It’s A Free Country. We're listening.

          SUBMIT, CREATE YOUR BADGE                           RECORD YOUR STORY

Recently in That's My Issue

That's My Issue: People Have Become Obsolete

Friday, August 17, 2012

I’ve recently wondered if that hotel still has an elevator operator.

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That's My Issue: Ending Rape

Friday, August 17, 2012

This woman’s story became the springboard for what has become my life’s work: documenting and sharing stories of sexualized violence in conflict.

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Under 30s

Thursday, August 16, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's new election-year project to gather stories of how personal experience has shaped your politics. Yesterday we got a call from a woman who had an experience when she was young that shaped her life. Today, calls from young people about their notable political awakenings.

→ Want To Share Your Story? Visit the That's My Issues Homepage

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That's My Issue: Abortion Rights

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I’ve always been pro-choice, but never thought I’d have to make the choice myself. My family would disown me if they knew.

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That's My Issue: the Criminal Justice System

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I saw the flashing lights of the police car turn on, but no siren. The moment that four of five more police cars screeched up, our criminal justice system became my issue.

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That's My Issue: Fixing Insurance

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two guys, the same illness, the same treatment - two very different results.

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Open Phones: That's My Issue

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

As part of our election-year project That's My Issue (launching today), we're gathering stories of an experience in your life that helped shape your politics. You'll be able to share your story, create a custom badge, record directly from your computer, and do lots more.

Below, some of the calls and stories that came in during the segment. Be sure to add yours at the That's My Issue homepage, and stay tuned for more open phones on the Brian Lehrer Show.

That's My Issue: Foster Care

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I was a foster kid... temporarily, I guess that's when it became my issue.

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That's My Issue: Story Archive

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's project to gather stories of how life experiences have shaped your politics. Below, a slideshow of some of the stories and custom badges that have been created. Be sure to check out the entire project, tell your story, and create your badge, here.

WNYC reserves the right to remove duplicate and innapropriate submissions.

That's My Issue: Record Your Story

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

That's My Issue is gathering stories of how life experience has shaped your politics. You can create a custom badge when you write us about your story, and see lots of other stories, and now you can also record your story directly from your computer. Just use the Soundcloud tool below -- and your story may be used online and on-air at WNYC.

  • Read detailed instructions on how to use the widget
  • Be sure to tell us your full name and where you're from before you tell us your story
  • Make sure you name your track - put your name and then your issue (eg "Brian Lehrer - Great Radio")
  • Remember, we're looking for personal stories about an experience in your life that shaped your politics
  • The widget below only displays the most recent stories. See the full archive here
  • Good luck!

That's My Issue: Tell Your Story, Create Your Badge

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's election-year project to collect stories of experiences that helped shape your politics. Read more about the project and see more here, or just tell us your story and create your interactive badge below. You can then share it on twitter, facebook, your website, tumblr, or wherever! It will also appear in the That's My Issue slideshow on our website.

Disclaimer: WNYC reserves the right to remove duplicate or inappropriate entries.

That's My Issue: Paul Ryan's Life-Changing Moment

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's project to gather stories of how your life experience has shaped your politics. Ryan Lizza's recent New Yorker profile of Congressman Paul Ryan - now Mitt Romney's GOP running mate - contains a classic "That's My Issue" moment. Here's the story of how the sudden death of Ryan's father shaped him.

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Video: That's My Issue

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's election-year project to collect stories of experiences that helped shape your politics. Read more about the project and see more here.

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That's My Issue: Gay Rights

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I myself took for granted this basic acceptance until I started to tell the story of my sister and our family.

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