"It's been almost ten years and people still rave about him. "

Tyra Treadway and her daughter, Ardyn, remember their husband and father, Dr. James Kent Treadway, a beloved pediatrician in New Orleans. Dr. Treadway committed suicide three months after Hurricane Katrina.
Recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Tyra Treadway and her daughter, Ardyn, remember their husband and father, Dr. James Kent Treadway, a beloved pediatrician in New ...
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Recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Hurricane Katrina
Struggle
Work

"When I first bought the building, everybody thought that I was crazy."

Burnell Cotlon owns and operates the only grocery store in the Lower Ninth Ward. When it opened in 2014, it was the first grocery store to serve that neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina. Here, he speaks with his mother, Lillie.
Recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Burnell Cotlon owns and operates the only grocery store in the Lower Ninth Ward. When it opened in 2014, it was ...
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Recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Erika Romero and Danielle Andersen

In Partnership with
WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Themes
Griot
Hurricane Katrina
Struggle
Work

"Nobody wanted to work with me."

Monica Harwell talks to her daughter, Andrea Cleveland, about being the first woman to climb electric utility poles for ConEd in New York.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Monica Harwell talks to her daughter, Andrea Cleveland, about being the first woman to climb electric utility poles for ConEd ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Erika Romero

Themes
Family
Griot
Identity
Struggle
Work

"The beatings? Humiliations? I remember them every day."

Roberto Olivera tells his wife, Debra, about growing up with an abusive stepfather and how his mother helped him escape.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Roberto Olivera tells his wife, Debra, about growing up with an abusive stepfather and how his mother helped him escape.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton and Jenn Stanley

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle

"It seemed like a really long flight."

Flight nurses Wilson Matthews and Jeanne Yeatman talk about their work aboard emergency response helicopters and their attempts to save a child who was severely injured in a bicycle accident.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
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Flight nurses Wilson Matthews and Jeanne Yeatman talk about their work aboard emergency response helicopters and their attempts to save ...
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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Gautam Srikishan

In Partnership with
National Institutes of Health and Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle
Work

"I just hugged the man who murdered my son."

This week, President Obama called for reform of the criminal justice system, and became the first sitting President to visit a federal prison. So, we're revisiting the story of former inmate Oshea Israel, who speaks to, Mary Johnson, the mother of the man he killed.
Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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This week, President Obama called for reform of the criminal justice system, and became the first sitting President to visit ...
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Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro

Themes
Griot
Struggle

"You had to pay to go in and the babies would be all lined up."

Lucille Horn, 95, tells her daughter, Barbara, about the baby incubator exhibit at Coney Island that saved her life.
Recorded in Long Beach, New York
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Lucille Horn, 95, tells her daughter, Barbara, about the baby incubator exhibit at Coney Island that saved her life.
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Recorded in Long Beach, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Growing Up
Struggle

"Maybe if I had come back the same, things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did."

Retired Marines Anny and Jonny Pena talk about the challenges they faced as military spouses, and what it was like when Jonny came home from Afghanistan in 2012.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Retired Marines Anny and Jonny Pena talk about the challenges they faced as military spouses, and what it was like ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

In Partnership with
Goodwill of NY and Northern Jersey.

Themes
Family
Military
Struggle

"Denise and I went everywhere together."

Gwen Moten remembers her childhood best friend, Denise McNair, who was killed in the 1963 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.
Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
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Gwen Moten remembers her childhood best friend, Denise McNair, who was killed in the 1963 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, ...
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Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

"I remember seeing you and thinking, 'Don't trust anything he says.'"

Sean Fitzpatrick and Officer John Gately remember the day back in 2003 when Sean came to school with a gun.
Recorded in Spokane, Washington
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Sean Fitzpatrick and Officer John Gately remember the day back in 2003 when Sean came to school with a gun.
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Recorded in Spokane, Washington
Produced by
John White

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton and Gautam Srikishan

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle

"What made you decide that you were going to be gay?"

Patrick Kreifels and his older sister, Michelle, discuss how their differences have brought them together.
Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska
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Patrick Kreifels and his older sister, Michelle, discuss how their differences have brought them together.
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Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Erika Romero

Themes
Family
LGBTQ
Struggle

"Having CF is like being in a boat with a hole in it."

Barbra Hendricks and her son, Brent discuss what it's like to live with Cystic Fibrosis, and remember Brent's sister Tiffany, who died from the disease.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Barbra Hendricks and her son, Brent discuss what it's like to live with Cystic Fibrosis, and remember Brent's sister Tiffany, ...
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Hillery Rink

Themes
Family
Identity
Legacy
Struggle
Wisdom

"The pain has actually gotten deeper for me."

Nicholas Heyward Sr. remembers his son, Nicholas Jr., a 13-year-old who was playing with a toy gun when he was killed by a police officer in Brooklyn, New York in 1994.
Recorded in New York City, Georgia
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Nicholas Heyward Sr. remembers his son, Nicholas Jr., a 13-year-old who was playing with a toy gun when he was ...
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Recorded in New York City,
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall with Emily Martinez

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Struggle

"What a gun does, it talks to you."

Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the 1970s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Griot
Struggle
Wisdom

"It is difficult to watch anyone let go of hope, but when it's your son, it's excruciating."

Scott Skiles speaks with his son, Marine Corporal Zach Skiles, about Zach's homelessness after returning home from Iraq.
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Scott Skiles speaks with his son, Marine Corporal Zach Skiles, about Zach's homelessness after returning home from Iraq.
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Family
Military
Struggle

"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

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

"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

"Do you remember when I first told you that I wore women's clothes?"

Sissy Goodwin speaks with his wife of more than four decades, Vickie, about being a man who wears women's clothing.
Recorded in Laramie, Wyoming
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Sissy Goodwin speaks with his wife of more than four decades, Vickie, about being a man who wears women's clothing.
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Recorded in Laramie, Wyoming
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo and Maya Millett

Themes
Family
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle
Teachers
Work

"It kinda threw me for a whammy."

Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to him.
Recorded in Homewood, Alabama
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Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to ...
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Recorded in Homewood, Alabama
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

Themes
Family
Griot
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"It's the kind of thing most people don't have to learn to cope with."

Rick Abath tells his wife, Diana, about being the night security guard at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the biggest art heist in U.S. history.
Recorded in Windham County, Vermont
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Rick Abath tells his wife, Diana, about being the night security guard at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the ...
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Recorded in Windham County, Vermont
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Morgan Feigal-Stickles

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work