"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 Sunday morning 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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Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
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

Themes
Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"You gave up your life to give me a life. "

Sean Carter was severely injured in a drunk driving accident in 2005. He cannot walk or talk, but speaks with the help of a computer. Sean interviewed his mother and caretaker, Jenny Carter.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
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Sean Carter was severely injured in a drunk driving accident in 2005. He cannot walk or talk, but speaks with the ...
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Emily Janssen and Adriana Gallardo

Themes
Family
Struggle

"I can tell you what was in your husband's mind, because it was in mine."

Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael Pelkey came home from Iraq.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael ...
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Lone Star Veterans Association

Themes
Family
Historias
Military
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

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle
Work

"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

"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

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle
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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Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

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Family
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Griot
Struggle

"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

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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

"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

Themes
Family
Griot
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 couldn't get myself to work right."

Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp speaks with his father, Kirk Sharp, about feeling off after coming home from Iraq.
Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp speaks with his father, Kirk Sharp, about feeling off after coming home from Iraq.
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Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

Themes
Family
Memory Loss
Military
Struggle

"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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Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

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Family
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Military
Struggle

"I used to say when I put my uniform on, I was in my superwoman suit."

Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the Navy.
Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota
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Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the ...
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Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota
Produced by
Andres Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

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Family
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

"By the time we arrived, more than 20 nurses had died from Ebola."

Epidemiologists Anne Purfield (L) and Michelle Dynes (R) talk about responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Epidemiologists Anne Purfield (L) and Michelle Dynes (R) talk about responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Brittany Bromfield

Themes
Struggle