"I was in a pretty dark spot at the time."

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz, who died in Iraq while disarming an IED. He recently returned to StoryCorps with his friend and fellow retired bomb tech, Sgt Mary Dague, who lost her arms in Iraq. Hear both interviews below.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz, who died ...
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Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

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Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

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Family
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"You were only 18 years old..."

Shengqiao Chen (L) tells his friend Zehao Zhou (R) about being smuggled to the U.S. aboard the Golden Venture in 1993.
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Shengqiao Chen (L) tells his friend Zehao Zhou (R) about being smuggled to the U.S. aboard the Golden Venture ...
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Jasmyn Belcher with Matt Martin

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Katie Simon

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Struggle

"When I was a kid, I didn't realize that you were different."

Myra Brown speaks with her mother, Bonnie Mae Brown, who has an intellectual disability.
Recorded in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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Myra Brown speaks with her mother, Bonnie Mae Brown, who has an intellectual disability.
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Recorded in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

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Growing Up
Identity

"My first question was, 'Do you have the right guy?'"

Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (R) talks with Craig Williams (L) about how they became unlikely business partners.
Recorded in Norristown, Pennsylvania
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Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (R) talks with Craig Williams (L) about how they became unlikely business partners.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Mariel Gruszko

Themes
Griot
Military
Work

"Everybody would come to the house to see my mama..."

Penelope Simmons remembers her mother, Cora Lee "Sug" Collins, in an interview with her daughter Suzanne Wayne.
Recorded in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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Penelope Simmons remembers her mother, Cora Lee "Sug" Collins, in an interview with her daughter Suzanne Wayne.
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Michael Garofalo

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Marquita James

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Growing Up

"There's a form we fill out and it's called 'On My Death.'"

Father Michael Duffy talks about how he came to give the homily at the funeral of his friend, Father Mychal Judge, the first official victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Father Michael Duffy talks about how he came to give the homily at the funeral of his friend, Father Mychal ...
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Michael Garofalo with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes
Angels & Mentors
September 11

"When I would get to a new town, everybody had to see who could whip the new boy."

Robert Stover tells his daughter, Valerie Anderson about growing up in the 1930's.
Recorded in Howard, Pennsylvania
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Robert Stover tells his daughter, Valerie Anderson about growing up in the 1930's.
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Recorded in Howard, Pennsylvania
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Jasmyn Belcher

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Marquita James

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Growing Up

"She didn't have very much warmth about her..."

Don Michaels tells his daughter Jennifer about his fifth grade teacher.
Recorded in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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Don Michaels tells his daughter Jennifer about his fifth grade teacher.
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Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jorge Rios

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"I wanted to ask you about a bonding moment you had..."

Alexis Buss talks with Roy Wilbur (L), her father Larry Buss' (R) partner, about being a grandparent.
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Alexis Buss talks with Roy Wilbur (L), her father Larry Buss' (R) partner, about being a grandparent.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Vanara Taing

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Angels & Mentors
LGBTQ

"The avenue was full of two things: bars and churches."

Betty Esper talks to her friend Mark Fallon about life in Homestead, before the U.S. Steel mill closed in the 1980s.
Recorded in Homestead, Pennsylvania
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Betty Esper talks to her friend Mark Fallon about life in Homestead, before the U.S. Steel mill closed in ...
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Struggle
Work

"I had heard all these horror stories about crooks and gangsters..."

Juliet Jegasothy, who is originally from Sri Lanka, tells her friend Sheena Jacob about adjusting to life in the United States.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Juliet Jegasothy, who is originally from Sri Lanka, tells her friend Sheena Jacob about adjusting to life in the United ...
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Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Michael Ramberg

Themes
Discovery

"Daddy would come home tired to the bone..."

Samuel Black tells his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father, who operated a boiler room.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Samuel Black tells his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father, who operated a boiler room.
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Produced by
Michael Garofalo

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Michael Ramberg

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Griot
Growing Up
Work

"He played always with a tux, always looking nice."

Joyce Kahkonen remembers her father, a professional accordionist, in an interview with her daughter, Gay.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Joyce Kahkonen remembers her father, a professional accordionist, in an interview with her daughter, Gay.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Veronica Ordaz

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Growing Up

"The mill was always in my life..."

Ken Kobus tells his friend Ron Barraf about his father, John Kobus, who worked at a steel mill for nearly 40 years.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Ken Kobus tells his friend Ron Barraf about his father, John Kobus, who worked at a steel mill for nearly 40 ...
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Katie Simon

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Piya Kochhar

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Work

"Well, I had a buddy and he used to dance up and down the docks..."

91-year-old Henry Belcher tells his friend Major A. Mason III about tap dancing in the 1930s.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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91-year-old Henry Belcher tells his friend Major A. Mason III about tap dancing in the 1930s.
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Griot
Work