"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
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
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 Alaska, Fairbanks
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
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 Alaska, Fairbanks
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
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, New York City
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 Alabama, Birmingham
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 North Carolina, Raeford
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
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

Themes
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
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, New York City
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
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

"Someone said it's like the Taj Mahal for rats."

Dawn Burke talks to her husband, Don, about the rat sanctuary they've run out of their home for the past five years.
Recorded in Boise, Idaho
Dawn Burke talks to her husband, Don, about the rat sanctuary they've run out of their home for the past ...
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Recorded in Boise, Idaho
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Lisa Polito

In Partnership with
The Rat Retreat

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Work

"My partners and I would come to the hospital every chance we got. "

Paramedic Rowan Allen (R) talks to Bryan Lindsay (L) about the day he saved his life.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Paramedic Rowan Allen (R) talks to Bryan Lindsay (L) about the day he saved his life.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Eve Claxton

Themes
Growing Up
Work

"Next thing I know, I hear the loudest explosion..."

Iraq war Veteran Travis Williams, sole survivor of his 12-man squad, remembers the explosion that took the lives of his 11 teammates.
Recorded in Missoula, Montana
Iraq war Veteran Travis Williams, sole survivor of his 12-man squad, remembers the explosion that took the lives of his 11 ...
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Recorded in Missoula, Montana
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jorge Rojas

Themes
Military
Struggle
Work

"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."

Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
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Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

Themes
Military
Work

"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
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

"The disconnect is huge."

Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting to civilian life after their combat deployments.
Recorded in California, San Diego
Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting ...
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Military
Work

"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
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