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“My name is Noah McQueen.”

President Barack Obama interviews 18-year-old Noah McQueen, a mentee in the White House mentorship program.
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President Barack Obama interviews 18-year-old Noah McQueen, a mentee in the White House mentorship program.
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Michael Garofalo and John White

Facilitated by

John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle
Wisdom

“My basketball teammates were my first babysitters.”

Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college.... more.
Recorded in Sheffield, Massachusetts
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Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. ...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

“When I first saw him, I turned him down.”

Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his... more.
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Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his ...
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Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

In Partnership with
LGBTQ Historic Context Stories

Themes
Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

“Hello, my name is Yusor Abu-Salha.”

Yusor Abu-Salha (R), one of the victims of the tragic shooting in Chapel Hill, recorded a StoryCorps interview last year.... more.
Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
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Yusor Abu-Salha (R), one of the victims of the tragic shooting in Chapel Hill, recorded a StoryCorps interview last year. ...
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Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
Produced by
Liyna Anwar and Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Chaela Meyer

In Partnership with
WUNC and the Islamic Association of Raleigh

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Teachers

“You gave up your life to give me a life. ”

Sean Carter was severely injured in a drunk driving accident in 2005. He cannot walk or talk, but speaks with... more.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas at our Mobile StoryBooth.
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Sean Carter was severely injured in a drunk driving accident in 2005. He cannot walk or talk, but speaks with the ...
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Emily Janssen and Adriana Gallardo

Themes
Family
Struggle

“I can tell you what was in your husband's mind, because it was in mine.”

Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael... more.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael ...
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Lone Star Veterans Association

Themes
Family
Historias
Military
Struggle

“It was like Picasso, a great artist doing his work. When he was in that car, he was doing his work.”

Frank Scott remembers his father, Wendell Scott, who will become the first African American driver in the NASCAR Hall of... more.
Recorded in Danville, Virginia
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Frank Scott remembers his father, Wendell Scott, who will become the first African American driver in the NASCAR Hall of ...
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Recorded in Danville, Virginia
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall and John White

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
The Danville Regional Foundation

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle
Work

“She's the only person that treated me like I was me.”

Shane Fairchild remembers his late wife, Blue Bauer, with their mutual friend, Sayer Johnson.
Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri at our Mobile StoryBooth.
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Shane Fairchild remembers his late wife, Blue Bauer, with their mutual friend, Sayer Johnson.
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Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri
Produced by
Allison Davis and Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Adriana Gallardo

Themes
Family
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance
Struggle

“Tell me about the day Brian died.”

Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he... more.
Recorded in West Milford, New Jersey
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Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he ...
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Mike Dougherty

Themes
Family
Friendship
Military

“Here comes this guy into my office. Drop dead gorgeous.”

Colleen Kelly Starkloff (R) talks to her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein (L), about the day she met her late husband... more.
Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri
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Colleen Kelly Starkloff (R) talks to her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein (L), about the day she met her late husband ...
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Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Vanessa González-Block

In Partnership with
Disability Visibility Project

Themes
Family
Identity
Romance
Work

“How hard was it for you to find a job?”

Darlene Lewis, who helps former inmates find employment, interviews James Taylor about his life after prison.
Recorded in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Darlene Lewis, who helps former inmates find employment, interviews James Taylor about his life after prison.
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Recorded in Little Rock, Arkansas
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle
Work

“We love—that's how we roll.”

Raphael and Heidi Hameed (R) lost their son when he was struck by a speeding car. They spoke with Megiddëh Goldston... more.
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Raphael and Heidi Hameed (R) lost their son when he was struck by a speeding car. They spoke with Megiddë...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

Themes
Family
Friendship
Griot
Struggle

“You can hear the shopping cart coming down the sidewalk.”

Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
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Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Griot
Work

“He was an important guy, but this is the thing he's known for.”

Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday... more.
Recorded in Castle Rock, Colorado
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Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday ...
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Recorded in Castle Rock, Colorado
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

Themes
Family
Military

“I didn't know how to ask for a friendship.”

Doug Neville (L) and Ryan Johnson (R) talk about their three decades of friendship.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois at our Chicago StoryBooth.
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Doug Neville (L) and Ryan Johnson (R) talk about their three decades of friendship.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
André Pérez

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

“My brother asked me if I'd like to work on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge...”

Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the... more.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Witness
Work

“I’ve buried over forty people in my family’s cemetery...”

Ruth Coker Burks tells her friend Paul Wineland about caring for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic,... more.
Recorded in Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Ruth Coker Burks tells her friend Paul Wineland about caring for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic, ...
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Recorded in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Friendship
LGBTQ
Struggle

“In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice.”

Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.... more.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

“I remember going to REI and looking at tents that will hold a family of five.”

Franklin Gilliard and his wife, Sherry, reflect upon their time in a homeless shelter after the economic crash of 2008. 
Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
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Franklin Gilliard and his wife, Sherry, reflect upon their time in a homeless shelter after the economic crash of 2008. 
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Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
Produced by
Allison Davis and Eve Claxon

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

In Partnership with
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Themes
Family
Griot
Struggle

“If we left, they wouldn't have nobody.”

Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a... more.
Recorded in Hayward, California
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Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a ...
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Recorded in Hayward, California
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Friendship
Legacy
Struggle
Work