"I've got pictures of you in the shop when you were in the bassinet."

Phil and Philip Mortillaro, a father-and-son locksmith team, talk about the family business.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Phil and Philip Mortillaro, a father-and-son locksmith team, talk about the family business.
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Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

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Angels & Mentors
Family

"You told me you were so tired that you had fallen asleep at a red light."

Sonia Vasquez and her daughter, Tina Vasquez, talk about what it was like to grow up broke in the 1990s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Sonia Vasquez and her daughter, Tina Vasquez, talk about what it was like to grow up broke in the 1990s.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Historias
Struggle

"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people..."

Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
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Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

In Partnership with
Brooklyn Museum

Themes
Military
Struggle
Witness

"When Moises Rivas was hired, I was assigned to train him."

Sekou Siby, a former kitchen worker at Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, remembers losing his coworker Moises Rivas along with many others on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Sekou Siby, a former kitchen worker at Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, remembers losing his ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Friendship
September 11
Work

"I see a group of boys walking towards me, and I knew something was going to happen."

Darnell Moore (R) tells his friend Bryan Epps (L) about an incident that shaped his youth.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Darnell Moore (R) tells his friend Bryan Epps (L) about an incident that shaped his youth.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I said, 'This is not telephone discussion.'"

Rita Fischer (90) and Jay Fischer (65) recall the moment that Jay came out as gay.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Rita Fischer (90) and Jay Fischer (65) recall the moment that Jay came out as gay.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah

Themes
Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance

"We didn't know he was sick..."

Elisa Seeger and her husband, Bobby Seeger, Jr. remember their son, Aidan, who died in 2012 from a genetic disorder called adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. He is the inspiration behind "Aidan's Law", which requires mandatory newborn screening for ALD in the state of New York.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Elisa Seeger and her husband, Bobby Seeger, Jr. remember their son, Aidan, who died in 2012 from a genetic disorder called ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall, John White

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Legacy
Struggle
Witness

"We were wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."

New York City Firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen remember their first Valentine's Day together.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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New York City Firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen remember their first Valentine's Day together.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Romance
Work

"I can't believe it's been 10 years."

Kathleen Russo and Marissa Maier, widow and stepdaughter of the writer and monologist Spalding Gray, remember the day he disappeared.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Kathleen Russo and Marissa Maier, widow and stepdaughter of the writer and monologist Spalding Gray, remember the day he disappeared.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda with Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

Themes
Struggle

"If you need me to hold your hand, I'm there."

New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
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New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Griot
Work

"Being married is like having a color television set..."

Danny and Annie Perasa first came to StoryCorps in 2004 to share their love story. Two years later, Danny was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A week before he died, Danny and Annie sat down for one last interview.

Recently we spoke with Annie about her life today. Hear all three interviews below.
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Danny and Annie Perasa first came to StoryCorps in 2004 to share their love story. Two years later, Danny was diagnosed ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo with Sarah Kramer

Facilitated by
Katie Simon, Sarah Kramer, Nick Yulman

Themes
Romance

"It was very easy to be patient with him."

For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories.

In 2006, Priya Morganstern (L) and her sister, Bhavani Jaroff (R), interviewed their dad, Ken Morganstern, who had Alzheimer's disease.

Ken died in 2007, and his daughters recently came back to remember him.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories. In 2006, Priya Morganstern (L) and her sister, Bhavani Jaroff (R), interviewed ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo, Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Carolyn Bancroft, Yasmina Guerda

Themes
Growing Up
Memory Loss

"My partners and I would come to the hospital every chance we got. "

Paramedic Rowan Allen (R) talks to Bryan Lindsay (L) about the day he saved his life.
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Paramedic Rowan Allen (R) talks to Bryan Lindsay (L) about the day he saved his life.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Eve Claxton

Themes
Growing Up
Work

"We used to go up to the torch."

Paul Bizzaro (R) and his brother James (L) remember growing up on Liberty Island--home of the Statue of Liberty.
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Paul Bizzaro (R) and his brother James (L) remember growing up on Liberty Island--home of the Statue of Liberty.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Anita Rao with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Growing Up
Witness

"He's the reason I'm here. "

Constance Labetti remembers her boss, Ron Fazio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
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Constance Labetti remembers her boss, Ron Fazio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
September 11
Struggle
Witness
Work

"We walked everyday from sunup to sunset."

Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn CORE for the March on Washington in 1963.
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Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes
Griot
Witness

"I remember feeling helpless."

Nicholas Peart (L) talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Nicholas Peart (L) talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Dan Collison, Michael Garofalo and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Atlantic Philanthropies

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle

"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.
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U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Witness
Work

"When I was growing up, the emphasis was on being able to get a job."

Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
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Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"At three years of age, you just started playing..."

Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a pianist in order to join the Marine Corps.
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Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

Themes
Military
Work