Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast



Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast features conversations with those who tell veterans’ stories in creative and interesting ways, such as oral historians, authors, poets, playwrights, and photographers.

This podcast is a production of The Social Voice Project, Inc., dedicated to understanding the voices and stories of our lives through the first-hand, authentic accounts of lived experiences we call oral histories. The podcast was formerly produced by the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, a veteran-run, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Veterans Stories




Episode 8 | 2013 Year In Review

Episode 7 | Mary Caparosa | Veteran Photography

Episode 6 | Kathleen Short & Joe Zablotny | Veteran Stories

Episode 5 | Jean Ann Barsotti | Carnegie Free Library, Beaver Falls

Episode 4 | Jesse Mercure | US Army (ret.)

Episode 3 | Alex Sopka, George Priatko, Joe Capone | Veterans Stories

Episode 2 | Veterans Stories

Episode 1 | Veterans Stories


Kevin Farkas is an independent multimedia producer specializing in creative audiography, sound design, and audio engineering.  He has produced several audiobooks, radio dramas, live storytelling events, a podcast network, videos, as well as print and digital media publications.

Kevin also founded the nonprofit Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative—a leading regional multimedia project working closely with the Veterans Breakfast Club, StoryCorps, and the Senator John Heinz History Center/Smithsonian Institution to capture, preserve, and share the stories of veterans with a Western Pennsylvania connection.





4 months ago
The Social Voice Project

"One of the saddest things we can do to our WWII veterans is to fetishize them as 'heroic bad-asses,'" says Kevin Farkas, award winning veterans oral historian and founder of The Social Voice ... See more

5 months ago
Guy Prestia: In My Own Words


True story: Not long ago the French Consulate to the United States contacted us at The Social Voice Project, asking if we could help verify that Mr. Prestia had served in ... See more

During WWII, Guy Prestia of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania was among the first Army troops to reach Europe through North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio. From...

6 months ago
Firepower (It Was Brutal)

Anthony “Dino” Marcione of Monaca, Pennsylvania was drafted into the Korean War at age 20. Sent to the front lines, he manned a machine gun against invading Chinese nationals pushing south into ... See more

6 months ago
Veterans Describe Killing during Wartime (in order)

"What the horrors of war are," wrote Civil War nurse Florence Nightingale, "no one can imagine."

In mainstream veterans oral history work, there is an unwritten precept that the topic of killing is ... See more

Original: This video is NOT monetized. The purpose for uploading is to get the stories without the cuts.

7 months ago
Bob Rupert: In My Own Words

Bob Rupert’s experienced combat pilot turned to him as they flew low over the jungle and shouted, “I want you to listen for beeps on the headset.” “What’s it mean if I hear them?” Bob ... See more

Bob Rupert of Clinton, Pennsylvania was working as an aircraft mechanic for a major airline when he was called up during the Vietnam War. It was a good job. ...

8 months ago
The Social Voice Project

From one of our favorite conversations with veterans . . . Mr. Rose was remarkably thoughtful and humble about his experiences during the war.

On this 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, we remember the stories of those who were there.


On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran ... See more

8 months ago
The Social Voice Project

"They knew the Chinese would work them to death and then eat them.” ~Al Armandariz

On episode 25 of the Argot Podcast--Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History ... See more

8 months ago
Alex Dyga: In My Own Words

“The Congress has designated December 7 of each year as ‘National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day’ . . . . Today, we honor those who perished 77 years ago at Pearl Harbor, and we salute every ... See more

Alex Dyga of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He joined the Army just months prior to the Japanese attack on the islands. When the attack...

9 months ago
Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative - Veterans Oral Histories


Please don't take this living history for granted. Time is not on our side.

Since 2010, The Social Voice Project's Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative has ... See more

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