"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

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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

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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

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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

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Identity
Military
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"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

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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

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Witness
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"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

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Griot
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"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

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Historias
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"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

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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

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Military
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"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

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Military
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"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

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September 11
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"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

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Military
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"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

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Identity
Military
Witness
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"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

Topics
Angels & Mentors
Military
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"I had a pretty severe accident at work..."

Jack Richmond tells his daughter, Reagan, about being an amputee.
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Jack Richmond tells his daughter, Reagan, about being an amputee.
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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jorge Rios

In Partnership with
Amputee Coalition of America

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Identity
Struggle
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"At three years of age, you just started playing..."

Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a pianist in order to join the Marine Corps.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

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Military
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"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
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
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"I wanted to own a restaurant ever since I was a kid."

Tim Harris, who has Down Syndrome, and his father, Keith, talk about starting their restaurant, Tim's Place.
Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tim Harris, who has Down Syndrome, and his father, Keith, talk about starting their restaurant, Tim's Place.
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Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Struggle
Work