"I didn't think I would ever tell a teacher..."

Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Alicia Williams

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle
Teachers

"I'm always perfectly free to be me."

Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection with her grandson Aaron.
Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection ...
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Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Kate Brown

In Partnership with
The University of Michigan Geriatric Center's Silver Club

Topics
Angels & Mentors
Wisdom

"When I asked him what I owed him, he said, 'You just pass it on.' "

Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
Recorded in California, San Diego
Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

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Angels & Mentors

"We're scarier than the person that's abusing them."

Happy Dodson (L) and Taz Roman (R), members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, talk about their work.
Recorded in Connecticut, Norwich
Happy Dodson (L) and Taz Roman (R), members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, talk about their work.
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Recorded in Norwich, Connecticut
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship

"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."

Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head in Iraq.
Recorded in New Mexico, Rio Rancho
Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head ...
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Recorded in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Angels & Mentors
Military
Work

"When I was growing up, the emphasis was on being able to get a job."

Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"I've never seen you turn anybody away."

Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza (R), who calls himself "Dreamer," about the free haircuts he gives in a VA Hospital parking lot.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza (R), who calls himself "Dreamer," about the ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Eloise Melzer

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Military
Work

"Mother told me we would be spending the summer in the South."

72-year-old Ellaraino (R) tells her friend Baki AnNur (L) about meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
72-year-old Ellaraino (R) tells her friend Baki AnNur (L) about meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Marquita James

In Partnership with
KPCC

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"He's always been on my mind ever since then..."

Former NYPD lieutenant Bill Cosgrove remembers carrying Father Mychal Judge, the first official victim of September 11th, out of the World Trade Center.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Former NYPD lieutenant Bill Cosgrove remembers carrying Father Mychal Judge, the first official victim of September 11th, out of the ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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Angels & Mentors
September 11

"There's a form we fill out and it's called 'On My Death.'"

Father Michael Duffy talks about how he came to give the homily at the funeral of his friend, Father Mychal Judge, the first official victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Father Michael Duffy talks about how he came to give the homily at the funeral of his friend, Father Mychal ...
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Produced by
Michael Garofalo with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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Angels & Mentors
September 11

"I remember waking up from the surgery and seeing this beautiful nurse."

Howell Graham, one of the longest-surviving double-lung transplant patients, tells his mother, Nan, about the days after his surgery.
Howell Graham, one of the longest-surviving double-lung transplant patients, tells his mother, Nan, about the days after his surgery.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Elena Cohen

In Partnership with
WHQR

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Angels & Mentors

"As an old man, he still had scars..."

75-year-old Julian Walker tells his daughter, Julia Walker Jewell, about an accident his father had as a young boy.
75-year-old Julian Walker tells his daughter, Julia Walker Jewell, about an accident his father had as a young boy.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Beatriz Colonia

In Partnership with
WHQR

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"He was a meticulous man."

Betsy Brooks tells her boyfriend, John Grecsek, about her father.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Betsy Brooks tells her boyfriend, John Grecsek, about her father.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Nzingah Garner

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"What made you decide you wanted to adopt a child?"

Aimee Gerold speaks with her father, Bob, about her adoption from China.
Recorded in Florida, Pensacola
Aimee Gerold speaks with her father, Bob, about her adoption from China.
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Recorded in Pensacola, Florida
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Sara Culver

In Partnership with
WUWF

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"All of my friends know me to be outspoken..."

William Anthony Cobb tells his mother, Mary, about the influence she had on him. William Anthony also talks with his sister, Valerie Foster, about their mother.
Recorded in New York, New York City
William Anthony Cobb tells his mother, Mary, about the influence she had on him. William Anthony also talks with his ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood and Tomas Rios

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"I was scared to death."

Steven Wells tells his daughter, Jennifer, how it felt to become a dad.
Recorded in Georgia, Macon
Steven Wells tells his daughter, Jennifer, how it felt to become a dad.
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Recorded in Macon, Georgia
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jackie Sojico

In Partnership with
GPB

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up

"I wasn't like other kids."

Nineteen-year-old Noe Rueda (R) talks to his high school economics teacher, Alex Fernandez (L), about growing up poor in Chicago.
Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin
Nineteen-year-old Noe Rueda (R) talks to his high school economics teacher, Alex Fernandez (L), about growing up poor in Chicago.
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Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood

In Partnership with
WPR

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"There was no doubt in my mind, I was going to work along side of my dad, my granddad, my uncles."

Retired teacher George Lengel remembers growing up in the company town of Roebling, NJ.
Recorded in New Jersey, Trenton
Retired teacher George Lengel remembers growing up in the company town of Roebling, NJ.
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Recorded in Trenton, New Jersey
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
New Jersey State Museum

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Work

"He was so busy that he would schedule surgeries for three and four in the morning."

Linda Kenney (R) Miller and her sister Diane Kenney (L) remember their grandfather, Dr. John A. Kenney, who founded the first hospital for African Americans in Newark, NJ.
Recorded in Alabama, Montgomery
Linda Kenney (R) Miller and her sister Diane Kenney (L) remember their grandfather, Dr. John A. Kenney, who founded the ...
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Recorded in Montgomery, Alabama
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Marquita James

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle

"My dad in Cuba said, 'When you go there you're going to ask for George.'"

Jose "Pepe" Noriega , one of over 14,000 children who came to the U.S. as part of Operation Pedro Pan, speaks with Lynn Guarch Pardo about the role her father, Jorge "George" Guarch, played in the historic airlift.
Recorded in Coral Gables, Florida
Jose "Pepe" Noriega , one of over 14,000 children who came to the U.S. as part of Operation Pedro Pan, speaks ...
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Recorded in Coral Gables, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Nadia Reiman

Topics
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Historias