"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

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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, New York City
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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

"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people..."

Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

In Partnership with
Brooklyn Museum

Themes
Military
Struggle
Witness

"I was the preacher's wife..."

Marcia Sutton talks to her partner, Sandra Sowder, about what happened after she came out.
Recorded in Alabama, Huntsville
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Marcia Sutton talks to her partner, Sandra Sowder, about what happened after she came out.
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Recorded in Huntsville, Alabama
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

In Partnership with
Huntsville Public Radio

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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

"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, New York City
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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

"This is one thing, as a mom, I didn't expect I'd have to fix."

Kris Kalberer and her teenage daughter, Erika, talk about being homeless.
Recorded in Seattle, Washington
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Kris Kalberer and her teenage daughter, Erika, talk about being homeless.
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Recorded in Seattle, Washington
Produced by
Liyna Anwar and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Whitney Henry-Lester

In Partnership with
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness

Themes
Family
Struggle

"I just wanted the pain to stop."

Former Baltimore police officer Mytokia Fair remembers the day she shot and killed her abusive husband in 1987. She told the story to her current husband, Thomas Fair.
Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
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Former Baltimore police officer Mytokia Fair remembers the day she shot and killed her abusive husband in 1987. She told the ...
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Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

Themes
Struggle

"I'm curious how I could have reached out to you better?"

Antero Garcia (R) talks to his former student Roger Alvarez (L) who dropped out during his senior year of high school.
Recorded in California, Culver City
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Antero Garcia (R) talks to his former student Roger Alvarez (L) who dropped out during his senior year of high ...
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Recorded in Culver City, California
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Themes
Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"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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Family
Griot
Struggle

"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

"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

"It felt like I had a knife stuck in the middle of my brain. "

Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Joining Forces

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Memory Loss
Struggle

"I thought it was karma for what I had done. "

Carlos Rocha, an inmate at Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, talks about a murder he committed in 1998.
Recorded in Danville, Illinois
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Carlos Rocha, an inmate at Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, talks about a murder he committed in 1998.
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Recorded in Danville, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Alicia Williams

In Partnership with
Danville Correctional Center

Themes
Historias
Struggle
Wisdom

"I guess it's my turn, now."

Eddie Lanier, Jr., who first came to StoryCorps in 2006 to talk about being homeless and alcoholic, returns to speak with his friend, David Wright, about the end of his life.
Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
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Eddie Lanier, Jr., who first came to StoryCorps in 2006 to talk about being homeless and alcoholic, returns to speak with ...
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Recorded in Durham, North Carolina
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship
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

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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 ...
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Historias
Romance
Struggle

"What made you want to go to college with me?"

Collin Smith (23), who became quadriplegic after a car accident in high school, talks with Ernest Greene (72) who volunteered to go to college with Collin as his full-time caregiver.
Recorded in Asheboro, North Carolina
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Collin Smith (23), who became quadriplegic after a car accident in high school, talks with Ernest Greene (72) who volunteered to go ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty Kendall

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

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Angels & Mentors
Struggle
Work

"We didn't know he was sick..."

Elisa Seeger and her husband, Bobby Seeger, Jr. remember their son, Aidan, who died in 2012 from a genetic disorder called adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. He is the inspiration behind "Aidan's Law", which requires mandatory newborn screening for ALD in the state of New York.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Elisa Seeger and her husband, Bobby Seeger, Jr. remember their son, Aidan, who died in 2012 from a genetic disorder called ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall, John White

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Legacy
Struggle
Witness