Yesterday, Life Stories’ new documentary interview series, The Thread, premiered on YouTube! Each 30-minute episode is a personal journey into the life of an extraordinary individual who explores their life’s passion and purpose and shares the path they have taken to lead a meaningful life.


The first episode in Season One, “Singing Through Struggles,” features Gloria Estefan, the “Queen of Latin Pop.” In The Thread we hear another side of her life, her early years in Cuba, fleeing with her parents to America after Fidel Castro came to power, and the life they rebuilt in Miami. While never intending to pursue singing as a career, we learn how the artistic life she shares with her husband Emilio is a testament to perseverance and strength, tremendous talent and hard work, and the life-sustaining power of love.

Read more about this episode and The Thread series at

I would question, ‘Why would I get all this fame when really that wasn’t the point of making music?’ And I remember thinking, maybe this is the reason – to show people that you could go through terrible things, but it depends on how you deal with it and what you do with the cards that you’re dealt. We have power and a lot of control over our lives.

-Gloria Estefan, The Thread


Today, we also launch Teaching The Thread, the companion educational guide and series lessons rooted in examining the power of personal narratives. Students take the seat of the interviewer with “The Art of the Interview'' activity and can explore the choices a filmmaker and editor make with “A First Take” or reflect on life lessons shared with “A Closer Look.” Educators in ELA and Social Studies, or mentors supporting youth leadership and service learning, can use an episode as a centerpiece for a lesson or workshop and adapt the lesson into existing curriculum to deepen content knowledge, sharpen critical media literacy, and enrich social-emotional learning. 


Watch and share this week’s full episode on YouTube.

Catch the “Singing Through Struggles” trailer here.

Explore all the 16 episode lessons.

Listen to The Thread podcast.

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