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Q&A StoryCorps Shorts

PBS Premiere: August 24, 2010

Online: May 6, 2010 – Nov. 28, 2017


The groundbreaking public radio project StoryCorps will enter into the world of television for the first time with a series of animated shorts that will air on POV later this summer. Q&A is a three-minute film featuring the audio recording of Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, interviewing his mother, Sarah. Joshua's unique questions and Sarah's loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best — and the most challenging — parts of being a mother. (4 minutes)


TAGS: animation, asperger's syndrome, aspergers, autism, family history, growing up, mother, motherhood, mothers, oral history, parenthood, parenting, parents, stories, storycorps

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Film Information

Q&A (4 min.)

Premiere Date: August 24, 2010

Streaming Dates: May 6, 2010 – Nov. 28, 2017

Filmmakers: Mike Rauch , Tim Rauch


Mike Rauch
Mike Rauch
Tim Rauch
Tim Rauch

StoryCorps grew out of a very simple idea: we wanted to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record their life stories.”

— Dave Isay, StoryCorps Founder and President


Critical Acclaim

Q&A is a 12-year-old autistic boy interviewing his mom about what it's like to raise him. We were struck by his perceptiveness, his mom's honesty, and the amazing relationship that comes through in just four minutes.”

The Huffington Post

Forget the flowers and brunches. David Isay has produced a four-minute video, Q&A, that is a bulls-eye to the heart of motherhood.”

— Karen R. Long
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[In Q&A], Joshua's direct and original questions, which are often typical of someone with Asperger's . . . and his mother's honest and insightful answers are sometimes funny and always deeply moving, saying a lot about how love works between a parent and child. . . . I wanted to bottle it and hand it out to everyone I know who doesn't have an unconditionally loving parent.”

— Elise Nakhnikian,
Slant magazine

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