"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

"I used to catch them and put them in jars."

Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, tells her father, Bob, about the childhood origins of her fascination with things that most people avoid, including black widow spiders.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, tells her father, Bob, about the childhood origins of her fascination with ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Growing Up

"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

"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

"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

"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

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Military
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 City, New York
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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

"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

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Work

"When I saw him coming, I ducked around the hall and hid from him."

70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being gay.
Recorded in Seattle, Washington
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70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being ...
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Recorded in Seattle, Washington
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

Themes
Discovery
Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ

"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 learned to fight with a knife long before I learned how to ride a bicycle. "

Storm Reyes tells her son, Jeremy Hagquist, about growing up in migrant farm worker camps during the early 1960s.
Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
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Storm Reyes tells her son, Jeremy Hagquist, about growing up in migrant farm worker camps during the early 1960s.
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Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
Produced by
Michael Garofalo with Dan Collison

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

In Partnership with
Institute of Museum and Library Services and Pierce County Library

Themes
Growing Up
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

"It's definitely forced us to grow up faster than we would have otherwise."

Cristina Peña and Chris Ondaatje, who have been dating since high school, remember when Cristina revealed she was born HIV positive.
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Cristina Peña and Chris Ondaatje, who have been dating since high school, remember when Cristina revealed she was born ...
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Historias
Romance
Struggle

"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'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."

Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
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Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
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Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Wisdom
Work

"I didn't know that there were other blind people except me and my brothers."

14-year-old triplets Leo, Nick and Steven Argel tell Ollie Cantos about growing up.
Recorded in Arlington, Virginia
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14-year-old triplets Leo, Nick and Steven Argel tell Ollie Cantos about growing up.
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Recorded in Arlington, Virginia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle

"I'm not ashamed of what happened to me anymore."

Barbara Amaya tells her daughter, Bianca Belteton, about falling into the hands of sex traffickers as a 12-year-old runaway.
Recorded in Arlington, Virginia
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Barbara Amaya tells her daughter, Bianca Belteton, about falling into the hands of sex traffickers as a 12-year-old runaway.
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Recorded in Arlington, Virginia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Growing Up
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

"I felt like I was on pause my whole childhood."

Two teenage sisters, whose names are withheld to respect their privacy, remember confiding in each other about being sexually abused by their uncle. They recorded this conversation just 10 days after he was sentenced.
Recorded in Denver, Colorado
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Two teenage sisters, whose names are withheld to respect their privacy, remember confiding in each other about being sexually abused ...
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Recorded in Denver, Colorado
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Beatriz Colon

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle

"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 Santa Monica, California
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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