"When you came home, if it's not best day ever, it's top five."

Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.
Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Nina Porzucki

In Partnership with
The Service Project

Themes
Military
Work

"She said, 'Stacy, I've gotta go,' and she hung up on me."

Stacy Thedans remembers the last phone conversation she had with her mother on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Stacy Thedans remembers the last phone conversation she had with her mother on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Justina Mejias

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Military
September 11

"My dad had a fair amount of self-confidence and bravado."

Erin Ryan remembers her father, Congressman Leo Ryan, who was assassinated in 1978 while on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown, Guyana.
Erin Ryan remembers her father, Congressman Leo Ryan, who was assassinated in 1978 while on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown, Guyana.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by


In Partnership with
NPR

Themes
Struggle
Witness

"He had long eyelashes that any woman would die for."

Andrea Doctor remembers her husband, Johnny Doctor Jr., who was killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Doctor was an information systems technician first class in the United States Navy.
Andrea Doctor remembers her husband, Johnny Doctor Jr., who was killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Doctor was an information ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

In Partnership with
the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Military
September 11

"She didn't speak English but she understood 'A.'"

Congressman Raul Grijalva talks to his daughter Marisa about his mother's influence on his education.
Congressman Raul Grijalva talks to his daughter Marisa about his mother's influence on his education.
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Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Historias

"We couldn't afford to buy toys."

Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar (R) and his brother, Congressman John Salazar (L), talk about growing up in a family of eight children.
Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar (R) and his brother, Congressman John Salazar (L), talk about growing up in a ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Yasmín Peña

Themes
Growing Up
Historias

"One thing that I do remember, very vividly and clearly, is the impact."

Racquel Kelley talks about working at the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001. At the time, Kelley was the mother of an 8-month-old son.
Racquel Kelley talks about working at the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001. At the time, Kelley was the mother ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Justina Mejias

In Partnership with
the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
September 11

"Everything I touched burned my hands."

John Yates was working at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. His office sustained a near-direct hit from American Airlines Flight 77, and Yates suffered burns on almost 40 percent of his body.
John Yates was working at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. His office sustained a near-direct hit from American Airlines Flight 77, and ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Rose Gorman

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
September 11

"It was one of those miracles at The Wall."

Allen Hoe remembers meeting Major Paula Couglin, an Army nurse, at the 2005 Memorial Day services in Washington, D.C. Hoe's son, First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe, was killed in Iraq earlier that year.
Allen Hoe remembers meeting Major Paula Couglin, an Army nurse, at the 2005 Memorial Day services in Washington, D.C. Hoe's ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

Themes
Discovery
Military

"Jimmy, tell me how it all started."

Tim Russert interviews fellow Buffalo-native, James T. Molloy, retired doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Tim Russert interviews fellow Buffalo-native, James T. Molloy, retired doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Kayvon Bahramian

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Work

"The strangest thing is that I don't have a separate memory from her."

Caroline Satchel and her sister Janice Morris talk about being identical twins.
Caroline Satchel and her sister Janice Morris talk about being identical twins.
Recorded in
Produced by


Facilitated by
Justina Mejias

Themes
Growing Up
Identity

"I was typing, and he kept looking at my legs."

Peggy Edwards to her granddaughter, Cinema Wood.
Produced by


Facilitated by


Themes
Griot
Romance
Wisdom

"Opening day, 1956. It was the Yankees versus the Senators..."

Charlie Brotman tells his friend Tom Wiener about his first day as a baseball announcer.
Charlie Brotman tells his friend Tom Wiener about his first day as a baseball announcer.
Recorded in
Produced by


Facilitated by
Laura Spero

Themes
Discovery
Work

"People ask me, 'How come he's not an American and he invent a hot dog vending machine?'"

Ukrainian immigrants Slava Leykin and her husband, Leon, talk about their business.
Ukrainian immigrants Slava Leykin and her husband, Leon, talk about their business.
Recorded in
Produced by


Facilitated by
Laura Spero

Themes
Work

"What was the saddest moment of your life?"

Ezra Awumey to his grandfather, Sam Harmon.
Produced by


Facilitated by
Brett Meyers

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness