"What was going through your head when you first saw me?"

Nine-year-old Aidan Sykes interviews his father, Albert Sykes, about being a dad.
Recorded in Jackson, Mississippi
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Nine-year-old Aidan Sykes interviews his father, Albert Sykes, about being a dad.
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Recorded in Jackson, Mississippi
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Vanessa Gonzalez-Block and Danielle Andersen

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
Wisdom

"I just got on that rail and turned around..."

Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Friendship
Griot
Struggle
Work

"At the age of 18, I didn't know what I was going to be doing with my life."

President Barack Obama speaks with 18-year-old Noah McQueen, a mentee in the White House Mentorship Program. Just a couple of years ago, Noah was in trouble with the law, but today he is part of My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative for young men of color. Noah recently visited the White House where he was interviewed by the President.

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President Barack Obama speaks with 18-year-old Noah McQueen, a mentee in the White House Mentorship Program. Just a couple of ...
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Produced by

Michael Garofalo and John White

Facilitated by

John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle
Wisdom

"How hard was it for you to find a job?"

Darlene Lewis, who helps former inmates find employment, interviews James Taylor about his life after prison.
Recorded in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Darlene Lewis, who helps former inmates find employment, interviews James Taylor about his life after prison.
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Recorded in Little Rock, Arkansas
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle
Work

"You can hear the shopping cart coming down the sidewalk."

Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
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Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Griot
Work

"I’ve buried over forty people in my family’s cemetery..."

Ruth Coker Burks tells her friend Paul Wineland about caring for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic, when no one else would.
Recorded in Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Ruth Coker Burks tells her friend Paul Wineland about caring for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic, ...
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Recorded in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Friendship
LGBTQ
Struggle

"My American soldier became my Iraqi brother."

Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, Sgt. Braun and Philip are roommates in the U.S., but Philip recently returned to Iraq in hopes of bringing back his wife and children.
Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
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Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, ...
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Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"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

"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

"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

Themes
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 Denver, Colorado
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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

Themes
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

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Legacy
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 Fairbanks, Alaska
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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

Themes
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

Themes
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 San Diego, California
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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

Themes
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 Norwich, Connecticut
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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

Themes
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 Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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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 City, New York
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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