"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

"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

"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

Themes
Military
Struggle
Witness

"I had nightmares for years..."

LJ Evans (R) and Suzanne Bishop (L) remember working at an animal rescue clinic following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
Recorded in Alaska, Fairbanks
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LJ Evans (R) and Suzanne Bishop (L) remember working at an animal rescue clinic following the Exxon Valdez oil spill ...
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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Katie Miles

In Partnership with
KUAC FM

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle
Witness
Work

"The Secret Service told him not to leave."

Glenda Rike tells her son, Larry, how his father, Aubrey Rike, came to be one of the few present when President John F. Kennedy received his last rites on November 22, 1963.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
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Glenda Rike tells her son, Larry, how his father, Aubrey Rike, came to be one of the few present when ...
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Witness
Work

"We used to go up to the torch."

Paul Bizzaro (R) and his brother James (L) remember growing up on Liberty Island--home of the Statue of Liberty.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Paul Bizzaro (R) and his brother James (L) remember growing up on Liberty Island--home of the Statue of Liberty.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Anita Rao with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Growing Up
Witness

"He's the reason I'm here. "

Constance Labetti remembers her boss, Ron Fazio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Constance Labetti remembers her boss, Ron Fazio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
September 11
Struggle
Witness
Work

"We walked everyday from sunup to sunset."

Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn CORE for the March on Washington in 1963.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes
Griot
Witness

"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Witness
Work

"It was the first case of plague in New York City in over a hundred years."

Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, talk about being diagnosed with bubonic plague in 2002.
Recorded in New Mexico, Santa Fe
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Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, talk about being diagnosed with bubonic plague in 2002.
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Recorded in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Anna Berlanga

In Partnership with
KSFR

Themes
Struggle
Witness

"The lights went up, the music went off, and you could hear a pin drop."

Michael Levine (R), who witnessed the Stonewall Riots in 1969, speaks with his friend Matthew Merlin (L).
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Michael Levine (R), who witnessed the Stonewall Riots in 1969, speaks with his friend Matthew Merlin (L).
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah

Themes
LGBTQ
Witness

"We were about as close as people that don't speak the same language can be."

Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells his wife, Deanne, about Ali, the young Iraqi he befriended during his service in Iraq.
Recorded in Norman, Oklahoma
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Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells his wife, Deanne, about Ali, the young Iraqi he befriended during his service ...
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Recorded in Norman, Oklahoma
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood

Themes
Friendship
Military
Witness
Work

"I lost myself on Wall Street."

Robert Griffo remembers how his life changed after the "Black Monday" stock market crash of 1987.
Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
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Robert Griffo remembers how his life changed after the "Black Monday" stock market crash of 1987.
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Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo with Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

Themes
Witness
Work

"All I wanted to do was get revenge."

Charlie Morris (L) remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis (R).
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
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Charlie Morris (L) remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis (R).
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

Themes
Griot
Witness

"The last picture she saw was one of me."

Shelli Wright and her son, Graham Haggett, remember his grandmother Sandra Lee Wright, who was killed on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
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Shelli Wright and her son, Graham Haggett, remember his grandmother Sandra Lee Wright, who was killed on September 11, 2001.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Alejandro De La Cruz

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Growing Up
September 11
Witness

"I have spent a lot of years just hiding from it."

Julie Sanders talks about being a member of of a white supremacist group as a teenager.
Recorded in Oregon, Portland
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Julie Sanders talks about being a member of of a white supremacist group as a teenager.
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Recorded in Portland, Oregon
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
Witness

"I remember a private swim club..."

Robert Holmes talks about his family being among the first to integrate a neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey.
Recorded in New Jersey, Newark
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Robert Holmes talks about his family being among the first to integrate a neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey.
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Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nzingha Garner

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Witness

"They asked me to blow 'Taps' for all who died in the war."

Harrison Wright tells his grandson, Sean Guess, about serving in the Army at the end of World War II.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
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Harrison Wright tells his grandson, Sean Guess, about serving in the Army at the end of World War II.
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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Simone Wilson-Millaud

Themes
Military
Witness
Work

"We were prepared for people to be unhappy, but we couldn't believe our eyes."

Karen Slade, Eric "Rico" Reed, and Arthur "Sonny" Williams of radio station KJLH remember the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
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Karen Slade, Eric "Rico" Reed, and Arthur "Sonny" Williams of radio station KJLH remember the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Kevin Oliver. Special thanks to Dr. Phylis Johnson

Themes
Griot
Witness
Work

"The school buses were already lined up to take the kids home."

Kenneth Honeycutt tells his wife Gaye about witnessing the New London School Explosion of 1937.
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
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Kenneth Honeycutt tells his wife Gaye about witnessing the New London School Explosion of 1937.
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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Lily Sullivan

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness