"I'm always perfectly free to be me."

Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection with her grandson Aaron.
Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection ...
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Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Kate Brown

In Partnership with
The University of Michigan Geriatric Center's Silver Club

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Angels & Mentors
Wisdom

"He chose to volunteer and go back for a second tour."

Gordon Bolar tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay about his son, Army Specialist Matthew Bolar, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
Recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Gordon Bolar tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay about his son, Army Specialist Matthew Bolar, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
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Recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
NPR

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Military
Work

"I didn't have any idea as to what to expect..."

Colbert Williams (R) talks with Ralph Catania (L), his fifth grade math teacher who later became his legal guardian, about going to live with Ralph at the age of 15.
Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Colbert Williams (R) talks with Ralph Catania (L), his fifth grade math teacher who later became his legal guardian, about ...
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Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Vanara Taing

In Partnership with
WUOM

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot

"What were you thinking when I was born?"

Nathan Williams, 15, interviews his father, Colbert, 30, about being a single parent.
Recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Nathan Williams, 15, interviews his father, Colbert, 30, about being a single parent.
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Recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

In Partnership with
WGVU

Themes
Griot
Wisdom

"She brought a glimmer of hope..."

Andrew DeVries remembers the impact that a hospitalist's support had on his recovery from a serious motorcycle accident.
Recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Andrew DeVries remembers the impact that a hospitalist's support had on his recovery from a serious motorcycle accident.
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Recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

In Partnership with
Spectrum Health and WGVU

Themes
Angels & Mentors

"The Betsy Ross story intrigued me."

Bob Heft remembers designing the 50 star U.S. flag as a high school student in 1958. At the time there were only 48 states in the Union.
Recorded in Michigan, Saginaw
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Bob Heft remembers designing the 50 star U.S. flag as a high school student in 1958. At the time there were ...
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Recorded in Saginaw, Michigan
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Nadia Reima

Themes
Growing Up
Witness

"When the school blew up, the ink bottles on the desk flew clear to the ceiling."

97-year-old Willis Cressman, who survived the Bath School disaster of 1927, with Johanna Cushman-Balzer, the daughter of his younger sister, Wilma, who was also at the school that day.
Recorded in DeWitt, Michigan
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97-year-old Willis Cressman, who survived the Bath School disaster of 1927, with Johanna Cushman-Balzer, the daughter of his younger sister, Wilma, ...
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Recorded in DeWitt, Michigan
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Lily Percy

Themes
Growing Up
Witness

"Everybody was hard hit."

91-year-old Donald Huffman talks about surviving the Bath School disaster of 1927.

For images from the disaster, click here.

Recorded in Cedar Springs, Michigan
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91-year-old Donald Huffman talks about surviving the Bath School disaster of 1927. For images from the disaster, click here.
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Recorded in Cedar Springs, Michigan
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Lily Percy

Themes
Growing Up
Witness

"How did you get by?"

Jerry Johnson interviews his mother, Carrie Conley, about raising six children as a single mother.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Jerry Johnson interviews his mother, Carrie Conley, about raising six children as a single mother.
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Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
Produced by
Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Jonah Engle

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle

"We went down there in a Pullman..."

Leon May, who fought as a Marine in World War II, tells his daughter about leaving for basic training.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Leon May, who fought as a Marine in World War II, tells his daughter about leaving for basic training.
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Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
Produced by
Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Nadja Middleton

Themes
Griot
Military
Struggle
Witness

"I said, 'Is this going to actually be me?'"

Nzingha Masani tells her friend, Noah Hairston, about receiving her name at an African naming ceremony.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Nzingha Masani tells her friend, Noah Hairston, about receiving her name at an African naming ceremony.
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Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
Produced by
Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Nadja Middleton

Themes
Discovery
Griot
Identity

"None of us looked like our mom; but everybody knew we belonged to her husband."

Yvonne Logan Jones (L) and her sister Ola Mae Logan Allen remember their parents, who migrated north in the 1940s.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Yvonne Logan Jones (L) and her sister Ola Mae Logan Allen remember their parents, who migrated north in the 1940s.
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Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Griot
Growing Up

"He saw this country boy, took me over to the side—he didn't want to embarrass me."

Larry Young (L) tells his friend Clyde Cleveland about trying to register for college in the early 1940s.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Larry Young (L) tells his friend Clyde Cleveland about trying to register for college in the early 1940s.
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Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
Produced by


Facilitated by
Jonah Engle

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot