"What a gun does, it talks to you."

Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the 1970s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

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Family
Griot
Struggle
Wisdom

"After all these years, this is the first time we've sat down and actually talked about the bombing."

Willie Watson talks to his son, PJ Allen, one of only six children at the day care center in the Alfred P Murrah federal building to survive the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995. This is one of two interviews we’re featuring from survivors for the 20th anniversary of the bombing.
Recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Willie Watson talks to his son, PJ Allen, one of only six children at the day care center in the ...
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Recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Alex Lyon

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Family
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

"It kinda threw me for a whammy."

Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to him.
Recorded in Homewood, Alabama
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Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to ...
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Recorded in Homewood, Alabama
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

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Family
Griot
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"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

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Angels & Mentors
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
Wisdom

"It's the kind of thing most people don't have to learn to cope with."

Rick Abath tells his wife, Diana, about being the night security guard at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the biggest art heist in U.S. history.
Recorded in Windham County, Vermont
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Rick Abath tells his wife, Diana, about being the night security guard at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the ...
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Recorded in Windham County, Vermont
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Morgan Feigal-Stickles

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Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work

"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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Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

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Angels & Mentors
Family
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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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Michael Garofalo and John White

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John White

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Angels & Mentors
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Growing Up
Identity
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"My basketball teammates were my first babysitters."

Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of this interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.
Recorded in Sheffield, Massachusetts
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Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. ...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

"It was like Picasso, a great artist doing his work. When he was in that car, he was doing his work."

Frank Scott remembers his father, Wendell Scott, who will become the first African American driver in the NASCAR Hall of Fame when he is inducted today.
Recorded in Danville, Virginia
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Frank Scott remembers his father, Wendell Scott, who will become the first African American driver in the NASCAR Hall of ...
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Recorded in Danville, Virginia
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall and John White

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
The Danville Regional Foundation

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Family
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle
Work

"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

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Angels & Mentors
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Work

"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

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Family
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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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Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

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"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

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Discovery
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I remember going to REI and looking at tents that will hold a family of five."

Franklin Gilliard and his wife, Sherry, reflect upon their time in a homeless shelter after the economic crash of 2008. 
Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
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Franklin Gilliard and his wife, Sherry, reflect upon their time in a homeless shelter after the economic crash of 2008. 
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Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
Produced by
Allison Davis and Eve Claxon

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

In Partnership with
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Family
Griot
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
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Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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Family
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Historias
Struggle

"It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall."

Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.
Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
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Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the ...
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Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

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Family
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Growing Up
Military
Work

"I was just another black face in the streets."

Alex Landau, who is African American, and his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, who is white, talk about how Alex's race has influenced his life and what happened in 2009 when he was beaten by Denver Police after a traffic stop.
Recorded in Aurora, Colorado
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Alex Landau, who is African American, and his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, who is white, talk about how Alex's race ...
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Recorded in Aurora, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

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"Someone was shooting in our direction..."

Aja David and her younger sister, Kai Leigh Harriott, remember the night Kai was hit by a stray bullet and paralyzed from the chest down. They spoke with their mother Tonya David.
Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island
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Aja David and her younger sister, Kai Leigh Harriott, remember the night Kai was hit by a stray bullet and ...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton

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"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."

Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of work.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Andre Perez and Alicia Williams

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Family
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Growing Up
Work

"I'm not so sure the Civil Rights Act would have been passed had there not been a St. Augustine"

J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo remember having acid thrown on them after jumping into a whites only swimming pool in St. Augustine, Florida in June of 1964.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo remember having acid thrown on them after jumping into a whites only swimming pool ...
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton, Amanda Plumb and John White

Themes
Griot
Identity
Legacy
Struggle
Witness