First Days in America

First Days in America is a set of non-narrated audio and digital stories that highlight the experiences of immigrants in a changing America.

The Stories

The people featured in our stories came to America from around the globe. See where they’re from.

Diving in the deep … just like James Bond

A 1965 movie set John McFadden on a course for life in the water and took him on a journey around the world in the process.

Romanian doctor finds freedom through medicine

Dan Streja is a Jewish doctor who made his way from Romania to France then Canada and is now a successful doctor in Los Angeles. 

A journey from Senegal to Connecticut, all for soccer

When Papi Diouf moved to the U.S. to pursue sports, he realized family goes far beyond blood.

How new experiences led a Peruvian globetrotter to the San Fernando Valley

From his childhood, Orlando Olarte always knew he wanted more for his life. Coming from Lima, Peru, the 78-year-old man has found his home in the San Fernando Valley, where he runs World One Insurance Agency. 

From one way streets to four-lane freeways

Gabriela Linares was born in El Salvador and moved to Southern California at age 14. She is a California State University, Northridge student who is working toward her master’s degree.


Our students reflect on their experience with NextGenRadio.

Trust your gut

By Andrea Tanchez

My week in sound

By PJ Shahamat

Expanding my horizons

By Joelena Despard