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“The injuries were so severe they thought he was dead.”

Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember her father, Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Congressional Medal of... more.
Recorded in El Campo, Texas by our Door-to-door team.
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Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember her father, Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Congressional Medal of ...
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Recorded in El Campo, Texas
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Alletta Cooper

Themes
Family
Historias
Military

“That was the only thing we could do to legalize our relationship.”

Walter Naegle tells his niece, Ericka, about the unconventional decision that he and his partner, Bayard Rustin, made to protect... more.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Walter Naegle tells his niece, Ericka, about the unconventional decision that he and his partner, Bayard Rustin, made to protect ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Matt Wolf. Matt Wolf is a filmmaker in New York City.

Facilitated by
Nadia Reiman

Themes
Family
Griot
Identity
LGBTQ

“Denise and I went everywhere together.”

Gwen Moten remembers her childhood best friend, Denise McNair, who was killed in the 1963 16th Street Church bombing in... more.
Recorded in Newark, New Jersey by our Door-to-door team.
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Gwen Moten remembers her childhood best friend, Denise McNair, who was killed in the 1963 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, ...
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Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

“I will do four, five, ten, a hundred jobs for your education.”

Mario Loiseau talks with his 9-year-old daughter, Mabou, about why he works so hard to provide for her education.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Mario Loiseau talks with his 9-year-old daughter, Mabou, about why he works so hard to provide for her education.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz and Emily Martinez

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Griot
Work

“I remember seeing you and thinking, 'Don't trust anything he says.'”

Sean Fitzpatrick and Officer John Gately remember the day back in 2003 when Sean came to school with a gun.... more.
Recorded in Spokane, Washington by our Door-to-door team.
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Sean Fitzpatrick and Officer John Gately remember the day back in 2003 when Sean came to school with a gun.
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Recorded in Spokane, Washington
Produced by
John White

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton and Gautam Srikishan

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle

“What made you decide that you were going to be gay?”

Patrick Kreifels and his older sister, Michelle, discuss how their differences have brought them together.
Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska at our Mobile StoryBooth.
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Patrick Kreifels and his older sister, Michelle, discuss how their differences have brought them together.
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Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Erika Romero

Themes
Family
LGBTQ
Struggle

“I didn't really have any lox slicing credentials.”

Len Berk talks to his friend, Joshua Gubitz, about becoming a salmon slicer after retiring from a long career in... more.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Len Berk talks to his friend, Joshua Gubitz, about becoming a salmon slicer after retiring from a long career in ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Wisdom
Work

“His hands were those of someone who worked since the age of six.”

Santiago Arredondo and his wife, Aimee, remember the most influential person in his life--his grandfather, Jose Guadalupe Enrique Sanchez.
Recorded in Hawthorne, California by our Door-to-door team.
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Santiago Arredondo and his wife, Aimee, remember the most influential person in his life--his grandfather, Jose Guadalupe Enrique Sanchez.
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Recorded in Hawthorne, California
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Alletta Cooper

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Historias
Wisdom
Work

“I wanted to be exactly like him.”

Sgt. Major Lisa Torello remembers her father, Sgt 1st Class Carl Torello, who was killed in Vietnam in 1965, with... more.
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Sgt. Major Lisa Torello remembers her father, Sgt 1st Class Carl Torello, who was killed in Vietnam in 1965, with Tony ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Veronica Ordaz

In Partnership with
Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation

Themes
Discovery
Family
Friendship
Military

“She looked at me and she said, "Not my son."”

Leslie Hurd, a Navy CACO, remembers notifying a family that their son had committed suicide.
Recorded in Cypress, California by our Door-to-door team.
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Leslie Hurd, a Navy CACO, remembers notifying a family that their son had committed suicide.
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Recorded in Cypress, California
Produced by
Von Diaz and Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Andrés Caballero

Themes
Military
Work

“Having CF is like being in a boat with a hole in it.”

Barbra Hendricks and her son, Brent discuss what it's like to live with Cystic Fibrosis, and remember Brent's sister... more.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia at our Atlanta StoryBooth.
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Barbra Hendricks and her son, Brent discuss what it's like to live with Cystic Fibrosis, and remember Brent's sister Tiffany, ...
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Hillery Rink

Themes
Family
Identity
Legacy
Struggle
Wisdom

“I wasn't very nice...”

87-year-old Kay Wang tells her granddaughter, Chen, and her son, Cheng, about her childhood.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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87-year-old Kay Wang tells her granddaughter, Chen, and her son, Cheng, about her childhood.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Growing Up
Staff Picks
Work

“The pain has actually gotten deeper for me.”

Nicholas Heyward Sr. remembers his son, Nicholas Jr., a 13-year-old who was playing with a toy gun when he was... more.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Nicholas Heyward Sr. remembers his son, Nicholas Jr., a 13-year-old who was playing with a toy gun when he was ...
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Recorded in New York City,
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall with Emily Martinez

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Struggle

“What a gun does, it talks to you.”

Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge,... more.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Griot
Struggle
Wisdom

“It is difficult to watch anyone let go of hope, but when it's your son, it's excruciating.”

Scott Skiles speaks with his son, Marine Corporal Zach Skiles, about Zach's homelessness after returning home from Iraq.
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Scott Skiles speaks with his son, Marine Corporal Zach Skiles, about Zach's homelessness after returning home from Iraq.
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Family
Military
Struggle

“That day left a scar in our life. It's not going to go away.”

Phuong Nguyen talks to her son, Christopher, one of only six children at the day care center in the Alfred... more.
Recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Phuong Nguyen talks to her son, Christopher, one of only six children at the day care center in the Alfred ...
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Recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Alex Lyon

Themes

“After all these years, this is the first time we've sat down and actually talked about the bombing.”

Willie Watson talks to his son, PJ Allen, one of only six children at the day care center in the... more.
Recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Willie Watson talks to his son, PJ Allen, one of only six children at the day care center in the ...
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Recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Alex Lyon

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

“I couldn't get myself to work right.”

Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp speaks with his father, Kirk Sharp, about feeling off after coming home from Iraq.
Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp speaks with his father, Kirk Sharp, about feeling off after coming home from Iraq.
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Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

Themes
Family
Memory Loss
Military
Struggle

“Do you remember when I first told you that I wore women's clothes?”

Sissy Goodwin speaks with his wife of more than four decades, Vickie, about being a man who wears women's clothing.... more.
Recorded in Laramie, Wyoming
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Sissy Goodwin speaks with his wife of more than four decades, Vickie, about being a man who wears women's clothing.
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Recorded in Laramie, Wyoming
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo and Maya Millett

Themes
Family
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle
Teachers
Work

“It kinda threw me for a whammy.”

Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to... more.
Recorded in Homewood, Alabama
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Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to ...
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Recorded in Homewood, Alabama
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

Themes
Family
Griot
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle