"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

Themes
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 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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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

Themes
Family
Friendship
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

Themes
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

"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

"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 City, New York
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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 Huntsville, Alabama
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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

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
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 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

"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 Culver City, California
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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

Themes
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