"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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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

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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

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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

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Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work

"You told me to keep pushing through and we got into an argument."

Lance Corporal Erik Galvan (R) speaks with his squad leader, Sgt. Daniel Wheeler (L) about the day that war tore their friendship apart.
Recorded in Carlsbad, California
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Lance Corporal Erik Galvan (R) speaks with his squad leader, Sgt. Daniel Wheeler (L) about the day that war tore ...
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Recorded in Carlsbad, California
Produced by
Andres Caballero

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

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Friendship
Historias
Military
Struggle

"I just got on that rail and turned around..."

Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

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Angels & Mentors
Family
Friendship
Griot
Struggle
Work

"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

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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Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

In Partnership with
LGBTQ Historic Context Stories

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Friendship
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