"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

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle

"A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there."

Barbara Moore (R) tells her daughter, Olivia Fite (L), about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.
Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
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Barbara Moore (R) tells her daughter, Olivia Fite (L), about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.
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Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

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Angels & Mentors
Family
Identity
Work

"He wasn't the biggest guy, but people reacted to him like he was giant."

Thompson Williams talks about his father's legacy with his son, Kiamichi-tet Williams.
Recorded in Colorado, Denver
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Thompson Williams talks about his father's legacy with his son, Kiamichi-tet Williams.
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Recorded in Denver, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

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Angels & Mentors
Family
Growing Up
Identity
Wisdom

"I guess it's my turn, now."

Eddie Lanier, Jr., who first came to StoryCorps in 2006 to talk about being homeless and alcoholic, returns to speak with his friend, David Wright, about the end of his life.
Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
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Eddie Lanier, Jr., who first came to StoryCorps in 2006 to talk about being homeless and alcoholic, returns to speak with ...
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Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Struggle

"What made you want to go to college with me?"

Collin Smith (23), who became quadriplegic after a car accident in high school, talks with Ernest Greene (72) who volunteered to go to college with Collin as his full-time caregiver.
Recorded in Asheboro, North Carolina
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Collin Smith (23), who became quadriplegic after a car accident in high school, talks with Ernest Greene (72) who volunteered to go ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty Kendall

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle
Work

"I had nightmares for years..."

LJ Evans (R) and Suzanne Bishop (L) remember working at an animal rescue clinic following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
Recorded in Alaska, Fairbanks
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LJ Evans (R) and Suzanne Bishop (L) remember working at an animal rescue clinic following the Exxon Valdez oil spill ...
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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Katie Miles

In Partnership with
KUAC FM

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle
Witness
Work

"I didn't think I would ever tell a teacher..."

Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Alicia Williams

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle
Teachers

"I'm always perfectly free to be me."

Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection with her grandson Aaron.
Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection ...
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Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Kate Brown

In Partnership with
The University of Michigan Geriatric Center's Silver Club

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Angels & Mentors
Wisdom

"When I asked him what I owed him, he said, 'You just pass it on.' "

Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
Recorded in California, San Diego
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Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

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Angels & Mentors

"We're scarier than the person that's abusing them."

Happy Dodson (L) and Taz Roman (R), members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, talk about their work.
Recorded in Connecticut, Norwich
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Happy Dodson (L) and Taz Roman (R), members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, talk about their work.
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Recorded in Norwich, Connecticut
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship

"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."

Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head in Iraq.
Recorded in New Mexico, Rio Rancho
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Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head ...
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Recorded in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Military
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.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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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

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"I've never seen you turn anybody away."

Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza (R), who calls himself "Dreamer," about the free haircuts he gives in a VA Hospital parking lot.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
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Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza (R), who calls himself "Dreamer," about the ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Eloise Melzer

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Military
Work

"Mother told me we would be spending the summer in the South."

72-year-old Ellaraino (R) tells her friend Baki AnNur (L) about meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
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72-year-old Ellaraino (R) tells her friend Baki AnNur (L) about meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Marquita James

In Partnership with
KPCC

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"He's always been on my mind ever since then..."

Former NYPD lieutenant Bill Cosgrove remembers carrying Father Mychal Judge, the first official victim of September 11th, out of the World Trade Center.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Former NYPD lieutenant Bill Cosgrove remembers carrying Father Mychal Judge, the first official victim of September 11th, out of the ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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Angels & Mentors
September 11

"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

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Angels & Mentors
September 11

"I remember waking up from the surgery and seeing this beautiful nurse."

Howell Graham, one of the longest-surviving double-lung transplant patients, tells his mother, Nan, about the days after his surgery.
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Howell Graham, one of the longest-surviving double-lung transplant patients, tells his mother, Nan, about the days after his surgery.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Elena Cohen

In Partnership with
WHQR

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Angels & Mentors

"As an old man, he still had scars..."

75-year-old Julian Walker tells his daughter, Julia Walker Jewell, about an accident his father had as a young boy.
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75-year-old Julian Walker tells his daughter, Julia Walker Jewell, about an accident his father had as a young boy.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Beatriz Colonia

In Partnership with
WHQR

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"He was a meticulous man."

Betsy Brooks tells her boyfriend, John Grecsek, about her father.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Betsy Brooks tells her boyfriend, John Grecsek, about her father.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Nzingah Garner

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"What made you decide you wanted to adopt a child?"

Aimee Gerold speaks with her father, Bob, about her adoption from China.
Recorded in Florida, Pensacola
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Aimee Gerold speaks with her father, Bob, about her adoption from China.
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Recorded in Pensacola, Florida
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Sara Culver

In Partnership with
WUWF

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up