"My brother asked me if I'd like to work on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge..."

Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the country.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Family
Witness
Work

"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

"He never really spoke too much; but his love for my grandmother was amazing."

Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and grandfather -- a Korean War veteran -- who helped raise him.
Recorded in Concord, California
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Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and ...
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Recorded in Concord, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

In Partnership with
War Ink

Themes
Family
Military
Work

"We go to cemeteries along the border..."

Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.
Recorded in Waco, Texas
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Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while ...
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Recorded in Waco, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar

Themes
Work

"When Moises Rivas was hired, I was assigned to train him."

Sekou Siby, a former kitchen worker at Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, remembers losing his coworker Moises Rivas along with many others on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Sekou Siby, a former kitchen worker at Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, remembers losing his ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Friendship
September 11
Work

"It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall."

Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.
Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
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Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the ...
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Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Military
Work

"A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there."

Barbara Moore (R) tells her daughter, Olivia Fite (L), about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.
Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
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Barbara Moore (R) tells her daughter, Olivia Fite (L), about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.
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Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Identity
Work

"It was the first time I met openly gay people."

Clela Rorex (R), a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson (L) about issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 1975.
Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
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Clela Rorex (R), a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson (L) about issuing marriage licenses ...
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Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Work

"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."

Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of work.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Andre Perez and Alicia Williams

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Work

"I don't know how many I sent home..."

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while in Iraq.
Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to ...
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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

In Partnership with
Fort Wainwright

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Work

"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

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle
Work

"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 Fairbanks, Alaska
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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

"I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."

Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
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Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
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Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Wisdom
Work

"We were wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."

New York City Firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen remember their first Valentine's Day together.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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New York City Firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen remember their first Valentine's Day together.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Romance
Work

"I saw something that no one else could see, and that is me walking around with that big tall hat on."

Clayton Sherrod looks back to 1964, when at 19 years old he became executive chef at an all-white country club in Birmingham, Alabama.
Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama
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Clayton Sherrod looks back to 1964, when at 19 years old he became executive chef at an all-white country club in Birmingham, ...
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Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

In Partnership with
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group

Themes
Griot
Work

"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."

Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson.
Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
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Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant ...
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Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Work

"I didn't want to be the sole survivor."

Dennis Hale tells his wife, Barbara, about being the sole survivor of the Daniel J. Morrell shipwreck on Lake Huron in 1966.
Recorded in Austinburg, Ohio
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Dennis Hale tells his wife, Barbara, about being the sole survivor of the Daniel J. Morrell shipwreck on Lake Huron ...
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Recorded in Austinburg, Ohio
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Whitney Henry-Lester

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"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

"If you need me to hold your hand, I'm there."

New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Griot
Work

"I didn't even recognize myself."

Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.
Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
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Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed ...
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Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Historias
Military
Struggle
Work