"I'm very proud that he was my son."

Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 years old.
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Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 ...
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Eliza Bettinger

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Friendship
Struggle

"We were given fictitious names."

Mary Moran Murphy (R) and Susan Mello Souza were both teenage mothers. They met in 1968 at Saint Mary's Home for Unwed Mothers in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where they had been sent to hide their pregnancies.
Recorded in Acushnet, Massachusetts
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Mary Moran Murphy (R) and Susan Mello Souza were both teenage mothers. They met in 1968 at Saint Mary's Home for ...
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Recorded in Acushnet, Massachusetts
Produced by
Nadia Reiman, Katie Simon and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Eve Claxton

Topics
Friendship
Growing Up
Struggle

"You showed me that I'm not alone."

Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
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Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

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Friendship
Historias
Teachers

"Ever since I was 10, I knew that I needed to be a dad."

Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
Recorded in California, Santa Monica
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Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Soo Na Pak

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Friendship
Growing Up

"We really are two sides of the same heart."

Starr Cookman (L) and Kylee Moreland Fenton (R) talk about being best friends for more than 30 years.
Recorded in Connecticut, Hartford
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Starr Cookman (L) and Kylee Moreland Fenton (R) talk about being best friends for more than 30 years.
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Recorded in Hartford, Connecticut
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Sarah Geis

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Friendship

"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
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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

Topics
Angels & Mentors
Friendship

"I remember saying, 'I'm toast.'"

Peter Obetz (L) talks to his best friend, Jeff Jarrett (R), about being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri
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Peter Obetz (L) talks to his best friend, Jeff Jarrett (R), about being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
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Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Mitra Bonshahi

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Friendship
Struggle

"The last 22 years would have been hell without you."

Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
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Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Cincinnati Public Radio

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Friendship
Military

"It's not just a tattoo."

Dawn Maestas, who removes tattoos for survivors of domestic violence, talks to a client about her work.
Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Dawn Maestas, who removes tattoos for survivors of domestic violence, talks to a client about her work.
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Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Friendship
Struggle
Work

"You said, 'Well, I have a medical condition that I probably should share with you.'"

Penny Ingram and her husband, Jeff, talk about living with his rare form of amnesia.
Recorded in Olympia, Washington
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Penny Ingram and her husband, Jeff, talk about living with his rare form of amnesia.
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Recorded in Olympia, Washington
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Luis Gallo

Topics
Alzheimer's & Memory Loss
Friendship

"You want to go over to your ex-husband's for Thanksgiving?"

Best friends Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk about how their unlikely friendship began.
Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Best friends Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk ...
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Recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro

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Friendship

"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

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Friendship
Military
Witness
Work

"Every scar in my leg has something to do with you."

Marcela Gaviria speaks with Dr. Dempsey Springfield, who has been her surgeon for more than 30 years.
Recorded in Boston, Massachusetts
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Marcela Gaviria speaks with Dr. Dempsey Springfield, who has been her surgeon for more than 30 years.
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Recorded in Boston, Massachusetts
Produced by
Michael Garofalo with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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Friendship
Work

"As if high school is not hard enough..."

Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when they first met.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

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Friendship
Growing Up
Teachers

"We saw, on the side of the road, a guy with a prosthetic leg."

Jake Bainter talks to "Boston" Bill Hansbury about their chance meeting on the day Jake got his leg amputated.
Recorded in Florida, St. Petersburg
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Jake Bainter talks to "Boston" Bill Hansbury about their chance meeting on the day Jake got his leg amputated.
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Recorded in St. Petersburg, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

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Friendship

"This medal was very precious to my parents."

Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike speaks with Adeline Rockko about returning her brother's lost Purple Heart medal.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike speaks with Adeline Rockko about returning her brother's lost Purple Heart medal.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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Friendship
Military
Work

"I worked harder than I have ever thought of working."

Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
Recorded in California, Pasadena
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Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
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Recorded in Pasadena, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher, Jud Esty-Kendall, Anita Rao, Brian Reed & Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher

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Friendship
Historias
Teachers

"I started playing basketball and opportunities just opened up for me."

Jose Rodriguez tells his former coach Charles Zelinsky how he got involved in the Special Olympics.
Recorded in New Jersey, Trenton
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Jose Rodriguez tells his former coach Charles Zelinsky how he got involved in the Special Olympics.
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Recorded in Trenton, New Jersey
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
Special Olympics New Jersey

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Friendship
Growing Up
Historias

"There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you."

Two stories about teachers who went beyond the classroom to help their kids.
Recorded in Hampton, Virginia
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro and Kevin Oliver

In Partnership with
WHRO and PBS SoCal

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Friendship
Growing Up
Historias
Teachers
Work

"I was looking at everyone else, going, 'Why aren't we like that?'"

Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nina Porzucki

Topics
Friendship
Identity