"He threw his car keys, his credit card, and all the cash he had on hand at my feet. And that's the last I saw him."

Donna Orolin remembers the disappearance of her husband, Private First Class Brian Orolin, and the day he came home from Afghanistan.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Donna Orolin remembers the disappearance of her husband, Private First Class Brian Orolin, and the day he came home from ...
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Gautam Srikishan

Themes
Family
Military
Struggle

"I never said a word to anybody about Bambi."

Retired Marine Corps Major Donnie Dunagan, who was the voice of Bambi in the 1942 Disney film, tells his wife, Dana, about hiding his acting credits during his military career.
Recorded in San Angelo, Texas
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Retired Marine Corps Major Donnie Dunagan, who was the voice of Bambi in the 1942 Disney film, tells his wife, Dana, ...
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Recorded in San Angelo, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Gautam Srikishan

Themes
Growing Up
Military

"The injuries were so severe they thought he was dead."

Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember her father, Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Medal of Honor recipient who spearheaded a daring rescue, saving eight fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Recorded in El Campo, Texas
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Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember her father, Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Medal of Honor ...
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Recorded in El Campo, Texas
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Alletta Cooper

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Family
Historias
Military

"You gave up your life to give me a life. "

Sean Carter was severely injured in a drunk driving accident in 2005. He cannot walk or talk, but speaks with the help of a computer. Sean interviewed his mother and caretaker, Jenny Carter.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
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Sean Carter was severely injured in a drunk driving accident in 2005. He cannot walk or talk, but speaks with the ...
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Emily Janssen and Adriana Gallardo

Themes
Family
Struggle

"I can tell you what was in your husband's mind, because it was in mine."

Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael Pelkey came home from Iraq.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael ...
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Lone Star Veterans Association

Themes
Family
Historias
Military
Struggle

"We go to cemeteries along the border..."

Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.
Recorded in Waco, Texas
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Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while ...
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Recorded in Waco, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar

Themes
Work

"I always walk them through the lunch line..."

Kenny Thompson, a volunteer mentor, tells students Gary Barber and Dakota Gibson about discovering that some kids he works with couldn't afford school lunch.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Kenny Thompson, a volunteer mentor, tells students Gary Barber and Dakota Gibson about discovering that some kids he works with ...
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle

"I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."

Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
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Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
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Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

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Discovery
Growing Up
Wisdom
Work

"You showed me that I'm not alone."

Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
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Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Friendship
Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"The Secret Service told him not to leave."

Glenda Rike tells her son, Larry, how his father, Aubrey Rike, came to be one of the few present when President John F. Kennedy received his last rites on November 22, 1963.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
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Glenda Rike tells her son, Larry, how his father, Aubrey Rike, came to be one of the few present when ...
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Witness
Work

"I didn't even recognize myself."

Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.
Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
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Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed ...
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Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Historias
Military
Struggle
Work

"My brothers were like my soul mates..."

Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist Andrew Velez.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
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Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist ...
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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

In Partnership with
The Homecoming Project

Themes
Growing Up
Military
Struggle

"He was trying extremely hard to get back on track."

Judy and Randy Pilgrim remember their son and Iraq war veteran, Army Specialist Lance Pilgrim.
Recorded in Daingerfield, Texas
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Judy and Randy Pilgrim remember their son and Iraq war veteran, Army Specialist Lance Pilgrim.
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Recorded in Daingerfield, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jackie Sojico

Themes
Military
Struggle
Work

"They asked me to blow 'Taps' for all who died in the war."

Harrison Wright tells his grandson, Sean Guess, about serving in the Army at the end of World War II.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
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Harrison Wright tells his grandson, Sean Guess, about serving in the Army at the end of World War II.
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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Simone Wilson-Millaud

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Military
Witness
Work

"When he was growing up, he was living in South Texas..."

Ricardo Isais Zavala remembers his grandfather, Vicente Domingo Villa, in an interview with his son, Ricardo Javier Zavala.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
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Ricardo Isais Zavala remembers his grandfather, Vicente Domingo Villa, in an interview with his son, Ricardo Javier Zavala.
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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Anaid Reyes

In Partnership with
Southeast Austin Community Branch of the Austin Public Library

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Growing Up
Historias
Identity

"I was looking at everyone else, going, 'Why aren't we like that?'"

Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nina Porzucki

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ

"I saw a flash of ankle and I went smack dab into the wall."

Henry Flores and his wife, Gwendolyn Diaz, talk about the first time they met.
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas
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Henry Flores and his wife, Gwendolyn Diaz, talk about the first time they met.
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Recorded in San Antonio, Texas
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Rose Gorman

Themes
Romance
Work

"What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul."

88-year-old Frank Curre remembers serving on the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Recorded in Waco, Texas
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88-year-old Frank Curre remembers serving on the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
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Recorded in Waco, Texas
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

In Partnership with
Waco History Project

Themes
Military
Witness
Work

"My coworker sent you that email by mistake."

Rachel Salazar and her husband, Ruben, remember how their romance started with a typo.
Recorded in Waco, Texas
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Rachel Salazar and her husband, Ruben, remember how their romance started with a typo.
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Recorded in Waco, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
KWBU

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Historias
Romance

"He'd go into the kitchen and get this big, ugly, brown bottle..."

Lee Mottern tells his girlfriend, Linda Eldredge, a story about his Uncle Abe.
Recorded in Waco, Texas
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Lee Mottern tells his girlfriend, Linda Eldredge, a story about his Uncle Abe.
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Recorded in Waco, Texas
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

Themes
Growing Up