"My American soldier became my Iraqi brother."

Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, Sgt. Braun and Philip are roommates in the U.S., but Philip recently returned to Iraq in hopes of bringing back his wife and children.
Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
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Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, ...
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Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"You want to go over to your ex-husband's for Thanksgiving?"

Best friends Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk about how their unlikely friendship began.
Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Best friends Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk ...
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Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro

Themes
Friendship

"He put his hands on my face like he was trying to feel was I really his son."

George Robinson tells his daughter, Katie, about meeting his biological father after searching for more than 40 years.
Recorded in Edina, Minnesota
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George Robinson tells his daughter, Katie, about meeting his biological father after searching for more than 40 years.
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Recorded in Edina, Minnesota
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

In Partnership with
Hennepin County Library

Themes
Discovery
Griot
Growing Up

"I just hugged the man who murdered my son."

Mary Johnson speaks with Oshea Israel, who killed her son in 1993.
Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Mary Johnson speaks with Oshea Israel, who killed her son in 1993.
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Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro

Themes
Griot
Struggle

"When I was growing up, I didn't think I was going to live long."

Tyondra Newton to her youth counselor, Sally Nixon.
Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Tyondra Newton to her youth counselor, Sally Nixon.
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Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Identity