Welcome to Motus Monologues podcast!

When have you been invited to sit on the porch with an undocumented person, and hear a personal story from their lives?

Listen to Motus Monologues: Stories from the front lines and front porches of your Undocumented neighbors… because an enemy is someone whose story you have not heard.

While the Shoebox Stories podcast invites prominent Americans to read the stories of undocumented youth, in this companion podcast, undocumented youth read their own autobiographical stories. These DACA-mented leaders courageously tell their stories, representing the pain, struggles, and resilience of so many undocumented Americans.

Story themes include the threat of deportation; the injustice of being sent into exile from the country in which you were raised; border patrol; the current human and civil rights threats to immigrants; racial profiling.

This platform invites people who are not woven into the immigrant community to get to know undocumented people through powerful stories from their lives. Listeners will be inspired by the courage of these stories, while also learning about the threats undocumented immigrants face.

This podcast was made possible with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.



Episode 1: The Meaning of Courage

Read by Cristian Solano-Córdova
Musical guests Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott respond

Cristian tells his personal story of strategizing to protect his eight-year-old sister, who is an American citizen, in the event his mother gets deported.


You can listen to prominent Americans such as Jorge Ramos, Gloria Steinem and others “step into the shoes” of these monologists and read their stories in a companion podcast at Shoeboxstories.org.