"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."

Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of work.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Andre Perez and Alicia Williams

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Work

"I thought it was karma for what I had done. "

Carlos Rocha, an inmate at Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, talks about a murder he committed in 1998.
Recorded in Danville, Illinois
Carlos Rocha, an inmate at Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, talks about a murder he committed in 1998.
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Recorded in Danville, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Alicia Williams

In Partnership with
Danville Correctional Center

Themes
Historias
Struggle
Wisdom

"I had to get myself straightened out before I could be your dad again."

Frank Tempone apologizes to his 12-year-old son, Jack for leaving the family after suffering from severe depression.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Frank Tempone apologizes to his 12-year-old son, Jack for leaving the family after suffering from severe depression.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Lara Levitan

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle

"I didn't think I would ever tell a teacher..."

Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Alicia Williams

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle
Teachers

"She attracted people wherever she went."

Adrienne D'Luna Directo interviews her parents, Debra and Lionel D'Luna, about her sister Alexis who died from complications of CHARGE syndrome in 2012.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Adrienne D'Luna Directo interviews her parents, Debra and Lionel D'Luna, about her sister Alexis who died from complications of CHARGE ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
André Pérez

Themes
Struggle
Wisdom

"I remember counting the empty beer bottles."

Dan Miller grew up in a family of nine children in Wisconsin. His family was poor, and his father supported them by working at a local paper mill. At StoryCorps, Dan talked to his wife, Celeste, about his father's legacy and what it meant for him as a parent.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Dan Miller grew up in a family of nine children in Wisconsin. His family was poor, and his father supported ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Lara Levitan

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle

"You moved into the hospital with me."

Ondelee Perteet talks to his mother, Deetreena, about getting shot when he was 14 years old.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Ondelee Perteet talks to his mother, Deetreena, about getting shot when he was 14 years old.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
André Pérez

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle

"It's been a beautiful journey knowing you."

Patricia Lyons Simon Newman speaks with her son Scott Simon. Ms. Newman passed away on July 29, 2013.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Patricia Lyons Simon Newman speaks with her son Scott Simon. Ms. Newman passed away on July 29, 2013.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Dave Isay

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"I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. "

Alexis Martinez (L) tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez (R), about being a transgender woman.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Alexis Martinez (L) tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez (R), about being a transgender woman.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ

"I grew up when that happened."

Ruben Aguilar tells his friend Bill Luna about his family's deportation as part of the Mexican Repatriation Program in 1933.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Ruben Aguilar tells his friend Bill Luna about his family's deportation as part of the Mexican Repatriation Program in 1933.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda.

Special thanks to Marlen Garcia

Themes
Growing Up
Historias
Identity

"As if high school is not hard enough..."

Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when they first met.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle
Teachers

"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"

Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

In Partnership with
New Teacher Project - Chicago

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Teachers
Work

"I felt like a walking star in the hallway."

Raul Bravo tells his former high school automotive teacher, Clairene Terry, how she inspired him to stay in school.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Raul Bravo tells his former high school automotive teacher, Clairene Terry, how she inspired him to stay in school.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Anita Rao and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

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Struggle
Teachers
Work

"At the time, I was tutoring at an after-school program..."

Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Teachers
Work

"Thomas woke me up and said that something was really wrong."

Mary Morris remembers her husband, Thomas, one of two Washington D.C. postal workers who died from exposure to anthrax in October, 2001.
Recorded in Beach Park, Illinois
Mary Morris remembers her husband, Thomas, one of two Washington D.C. postal workers who died from exposure to anthrax ...
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Recorded in Beach Park, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Yazmín Peña

Themes
Griot
Witness
Work

"I think in our marriage, it was all about you."

Pepper and Ron Miller talk about what led to their divorce.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Pepper and Ron Miller talk about what led to their divorce.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

Themes
Griot
Romance

"When I was younger I didn't like you much."

Bryan Echols (R) and his father, Lindberg (L), talk about how their relationship has changed over time.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Bryan Echols (R) and his father, Lindberg (L), talk about how their relationship has changed over time.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
Radio Arte

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"They wanted me to stop seeing Daddy..."

Willa and Brad Guidi tell their daughter Tasha about meeting at college in 1970.
Recorded in Illinois, Peoria
Willa and Brad Guidi tell their daughter Tasha about meeting at college in 1970.
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Recorded in Peoria, Illinois
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Carl Scott

Themes
Identity
Romance
Struggle

"What has happened to the human voice?"

Studs Terkel, the late oral historian, from a 2005 interview recorded when a StoryCorps MobileBooth visited his home.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Studs Terkel, the late oral historian, from a 2005 interview recorded when a StoryCorps MobileBooth visited his home.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Kayvon Bahramian, Nick Yulman and Rani Shankar

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Staff Picks
Wisdom

"I can still hear him hollering and coaching..."

William Haley (L) and his brother Glen remember their father, Joseph Howard Haley, founder of Jackie Robinson West Little League in Chicago.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
William Haley (L) and his brother Glen remember their father, Joseph Howard Haley, founder of Jackie Robinson West Little League ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Becky Homann

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot