"Denise and I went everywhere together."

Gwen Moten remembers her childhood best friend, Denise McNair, who was killed in the 1963 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.
Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
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Gwen Moten remembers her childhood best friend, Denise McNair, who was killed in the 1963 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, ...
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Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

"I didn't really have any lox slicing credentials."

Len Berk talks to his friend, Joshua Gubitz, about becoming a salmon slicer after retiring from a long career in accounting.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Len Berk talks to his friend, Joshua Gubitz, about becoming a salmon slicer after retiring from a long career in ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Wisdom
Work

"I wanted to be exactly like him."

Sgt. Major Lisa Torello remembers her father, Sgt 1st Class Carl Torello, who was killed in Vietnam in 1965, with Tony Cistaro, who was with her father when he died.
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Sgt. Major Lisa Torello remembers her father, Sgt 1st Class Carl Torello, who was killed in Vietnam in 1965, with Tony ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Veronica Ordaz

In Partnership with
Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation

Themes
Discovery
Family
Friendship
Military

"I was absolutely sure that I had killed you."

Jeff Wilson sits down with his former high school classmate Tammie Baird to talk about when he accidentally hit her with his car in 1984.
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Jeff Wilson sits down with his former high school classmate Tammie Baird to talk about when he accidentally hit her ...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Growing Up
Historias
Work

"You told me to keep pushing through and we got into an argument."

Lance Corporal Erik Galvan (R) speaks with his squad leader, Sgt. Daniel Wheeler (L) about the day that war tore their friendship apart.
Recorded in Carlsbad, California
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Lance Corporal Erik Galvan (R) speaks with his squad leader, Sgt. Daniel Wheeler (L) about the day that war tore ...
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Recorded in Carlsbad, California
Produced by
Andres Caballero

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

Themes
Friendship
Historias
Military
Struggle

"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

"Hello, my name is Yusor Abu-Salha."

Yusor Abu-Salha (R), one of the victims of the tragic shooting in Chapel Hill, recorded a StoryCorps interview last year. Here, she talks with Mussarut Jabeen (L), her 3rd grade teacher.
Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
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Yusor Abu-Salha (R), one of the victims of the tragic shooting in Chapel Hill, recorded a StoryCorps interview last year. ...
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Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
Produced by
Liyna Anwar and Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Chaela Meyer

In Partnership with
WUNC and the Islamic Association of Raleigh

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Teachers

"She's the only person that treated me like I was me."

Shane Fairchild remembers his late wife, Blue Bauer, with their mutual friend, Sayer Johnson.
Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri
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Shane Fairchild remembers his late wife, Blue Bauer, with their mutual friend, Sayer Johnson.
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Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri
Produced by
Allison Davis and Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Adriana Gallardo

Themes
Family
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance
Struggle

"Tell me about the day Brian died."

Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in January 2005.
Recorded in West Milford, New Jersey
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Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he ...
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Mike Dougherty

Themes
Family
Friendship
Military

"We love—that's how we roll."

Raphael and Heidi Hameed (R) lost their son when he was struck by a speeding car. They spoke with Megiddëh Goldston (L), the driver's sister, about the relationship they've formed since the accident.
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Raphael and Heidi Hameed (R) lost their son when he was struck by a speeding car. They spoke with Megiddë...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

Themes
Family
Friendship
Griot
Struggle

"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 didn't know how to ask for a friendship."

Doug Neville (L) and Ryan Johnson (R) talk about their three decades of friendship.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Doug Neville (L) and Ryan Johnson (R) talk about their three decades of friendship.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
André Pérez

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"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

"In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice."

Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"If we left, they wouldn't have nobody."

Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a janitor and a cook, when it closed suddenly, leaving many elderly residents abandoned.
Recorded in Hayward, California
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Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a ...
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Recorded in Hayward, California
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Friendship
Legacy
Struggle
Work

"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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

Themes
Family
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"I wanted to apologize to the people who were inside the bank."

Seventeen years after Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank at gunpoint, he came to StoryCorps with David Ned, one of the customers who was in the bank during the robbery.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Seventeen years after Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank at gunpoint, he came to StoryCorps with David Ned, one of ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

"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 City, New York
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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