"I wasn't very nice..."

87-year-old Kay Wang tells her granddaughter, Chen, and her son, Cheng, about her childhood.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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87-year-old Kay Wang tells her granddaughter, Chen, and her son, Cheng, about her childhood.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Growing Up
Staff Picks
Work

"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

"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

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Discovery
Friendship
Growing Up
Historias
Work

"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

"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
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle
Wisdom

"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
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Struggle

"When I first saw him, I turned him down."

Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his son, Aaron.
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Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his ...
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Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

In Partnership with
LGBTQ Historic Context Stories

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Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"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

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Friendship
Growing Up
Teachers

"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

"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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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