"Nobody wanted to work with me."

Monica Harwell talks to her daughter, Andrea Cleveland, about being the first woman to climb electric utility poles for ConEd in New York.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Monica Harwell talks to her daughter, Andrea Cleveland, about being the first woman to climb electric utility poles for ConEd ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Erika Romero

Themes
Family
Griot
Identity
Struggle
Work

"You had to pay to go in and the babies would be all lined up."

Lucille Horn, 95, tells her daughter, Barbara, about the baby incubator exhibit at Coney Island that saved her life.
Recorded in Long Beach, New York
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Lucille Horn, 95, tells her daughter, Barbara, about the baby incubator exhibit at Coney Island that saved her life.
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Recorded in Long Beach, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

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Angels & Mentors
Family
Growing Up
Struggle

"Maybe if I had come back the same, things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did."

Retired Marines Anny and Jonny Pena talk about the challenges they faced as military spouses, and what it was like when Jonny came home from Afghanistan in 2012.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Retired Marines Anny and Jonny Pena talk about the challenges they faced as military spouses, and what it was like ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

In Partnership with
Goodwill of NY and Northern Jersey.

Themes
Family
Military
Struggle

"That was the only thing we could do to legalize our relationship."

Walter Naegle tells his niece, Ericka, about the unconventional decision that he and his partner, Bayard Rustin, made to protect their union in the early 1980s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Walter Naegle tells his niece, Ericka, about the unconventional decision that he and his partner, Bayard Rustin, made to protect ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Matt Wolf. Matt Wolf is a filmmaker in New York City.

Facilitated by
Nadia Reiman

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Family
Griot
Identity
LGBTQ

"I will do four, five, ten, a hundred jobs for your education."

Mario Loiseau talks with his 9-year-old daughter, Mabou, about why he works so hard to provide for her education.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Mario Loiseau talks with his 9-year-old daughter, Mabou, about why he works so hard to provide for her education.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz and Emily Martinez

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Griot
Work

"I didn't really have any lox slicing credentials."

Len Berk talks to his friend, Joshua Gubitz, about becoming a salmon slicer after retiring from a long career in accounting.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Len Berk talks to his friend, Joshua Gubitz, about becoming a salmon slicer after retiring from a long career in ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Wisdom
Work

"I wasn't very nice..."

87-year-old Kay Wang tells her granddaughter, Chen, and her son, Cheng, about her childhood.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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87-year-old Kay Wang tells her granddaughter, Chen, and her son, Cheng, about her childhood.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Growing Up
Staff Picks
Work

"The pain has actually gotten deeper for me."

Nicholas Heyward Sr. remembers his son, Nicholas Jr., a 13-year-old who was playing with a toy gun when he was killed by a police officer in Brooklyn, New York in 1994.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Nicholas Heyward Sr. remembers his son, Nicholas Jr., a 13-year-old who was playing with a toy gun when he was ...
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Recorded in New York City,
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall with Emily Martinez

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Struggle

"What a gun does, it talks to you."

Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the 1970s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Griot
Struggle
Wisdom

"My brother asked me if I'd like to work on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge..."

Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the country.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Witness
Work

"In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice."

Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I feel a responsibility. I better make sure that everybody knows who these guys were, what these guys did."

This Veterans Day, honor our men and women in uniform with "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special", a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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This Veterans Day, honor our men and women in uniform with "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special", a ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman, Edited by Michael Garofalo

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"I used to catch them and put them in jars."

Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, tells her father, Bob, about the childhood origins of her fascination with things that most people avoid, including black widow spiders.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, tells her father, Bob, about the childhood origins of her fascination with ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Growing Up

"I wanted to apologize to the people who were inside the bank."

Seventeen years after Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank at gunpoint, he came to StoryCorps with David Ned, one of the customers who was in the bank during the robbery.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Seventeen years after Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank at gunpoint, he came to StoryCorps with David Ned, one of ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

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

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
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 City, New York
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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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Recorded in New York City, New York
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.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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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 City, New York
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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 City, New York
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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 City, New York
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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