"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

"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, New York City
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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

"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, New York City
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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, New York City
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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

"It was the first time I met openly gay people."

Clela Rorex (R), a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson (L) about issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 1975.
Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
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Clela Rorex (R), a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson (L) about issuing marriage licenses ...
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Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Work

"It felt like I had a knife stuck in the middle of my brain. "

Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Joining Forces

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Memory Loss
Struggle

"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
Struggle

"I had to get myself straightened out before I could be your dad again."

Frank Tempone apologizes to his 12-year-old son, Jack for leaving the family after suffering from severe depression.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Frank Tempone apologizes to his 12-year-old son, Jack for leaving the family after suffering from severe depression.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Lara Levitan

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle

"I met you the day before John died."

Megan Smith and Lisa Garzone talk about how their friendship developed after the death of Lisa's ex-husband and Megan's partner, John Joyce.
Recorded in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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Megan Smith and Lisa Garzone talk about how their friendship developed after the death of Lisa's ex-husband and Megan's partner, ...
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Recorded in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton

Themes
Discovery
Friendship

"I'm very proud that he was my son."

Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 years old.
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Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 ...
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Eliza Bettinger

Themes
Friendship
Struggle

"We were given fictitious names."

Mary Moran Murphy (R) and Susan Mello Souza were both teenage mothers. They met in 1968 at Saint Mary's Home for Unwed Mothers in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where they had been sent to hide their pregnancies.
Recorded in Acushnet, Massachusetts
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Mary Moran Murphy (R) and Susan Mello Souza were both teenage mothers. They met in 1968 at Saint Mary's Home for ...
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Recorded in Acushnet, Massachusetts
Produced by
Nadia Reiman, Katie Simon and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Eve Claxton

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle

"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

"Ever since I was 10, I knew that I needed to be a dad."

Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
Recorded in California, Santa Monica
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Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Soo Na Pak

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
LGBTQ

"We really are two sides of the same heart."

Starr Cookman (L) and Kylee Moreland Fenton (R) talk about being best friends for more than 30 years.
Recorded in Connecticut, Hartford
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Starr Cookman (L) and Kylee Moreland Fenton (R) talk about being best friends for more than 30 years.
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Recorded in Hartford, Connecticut
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Sarah Geis

Themes
Friendship

"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

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship

"I remember saying, 'I'm toast.'"

Peter Obetz (L) talks to his best friend, Jeff Jarrett (R), about being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri
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Peter Obetz (L) talks to his best friend, Jeff Jarrett (R), about being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
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Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Mitra Bonshahi

Themes
Friendship
Struggle

"The last 22 years would have been hell without you."

Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
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Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Cincinnati Public Radio

Themes
Friendship
Military

"It's not just a tattoo."

Dawn Maestas, who removes tattoos for survivors of domestic violence, talks to a client about her work.
Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Dawn Maestas, who removes tattoos for survivors of domestic violence, talks to a client about her work.
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Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Friendship
Struggle
Work

"You said, 'Well, I have a medical condition that I probably should share with you.'"

Penny Ingram and her husband, Jeff, talk about living with his rare form of amnesia.
Recorded in Olympia, Washington
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Penny Ingram and her husband, Jeff, talk about living with his rare form of amnesia.
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Recorded in Olympia, Washington
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Luis Gallo

Themes
Friendship
Memory Loss

"You want to go over to your ex-husband's for Thanksgiving?"

Best friends Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk about how their unlikely friendship began.
Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Best friends Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk ...
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Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro

Themes
Friendship