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A Father And Daughter Reflect On Shared Wisdom And ‘Cool Genes’

Yusuf Ali has spent his adult life working hard to be a father and a provider. Long before family life he was known as “Joe Cool,” respected by friends and colleagues for his boundless style.

Yusuf Ali, his son Noble and Attyah Milton in the late 1980s. Photo courtesy of Attayah Milton.

Yusuf and his family moved from town to town as he followed work selling office furniture. No matter where they lived, he was always imparting life lessons and wisdom to everyone he mentored, including his two children, Attayah and Noble.

Noble Ali, Yusuf Ali, Attayah Milton and her children, November 2019. Photo courtesy of Attayah Milton.

Yusuf came to StoryCorps with his daughter Attayah to record some of their memories and share a few laughs in celebration of Yusuf’s 70th birthday.

Top Photo: Attayah Milton and Yusuf Ali at their StoryCorps interview in Philadelphia, PA on June 3, 2019. By Ava Ahmadbeigi for StoryCorps.

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Originally aired May 24, 2024, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The Phantom of the World’s Fair

In 1964, a 12-year-old paperboy from suburban Long Island spent nearly two weeks hiding among the gleaming attractions of the New York World’s Fair. His adventure caused a media sensation, but the world only learned half the story.

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Released May 20, 2024.

After Years in Foster Care, Two Sisters Found Home at the Morenos

Eight-year-old Linda Garcia entered the foster care system with her infant sister, Irene Montoya, after their mother was hospitalized for tuberculosis in 1953. Linda protected her sister from a series of neglectful families over the next few years, but they were malnourished when their social worker brought them to the home of Joe and Belen Moreno.

Joe Moreno, Belen Moreno, and Irene Montoya in Yuma, Arizona in 1964. Courtesy of Irene Montoya. 

An older couple, they took in the girls—who would come to call them Nino and Nina. At StoryCorps, Linda and Irene remembered the people who gave them the love and care they had been missing.


Top Photo: Linda Garcia and Irene Montoya at their StoryCorps interview in Yuma, Arizona on December 4, 2019. By Lea Zikmund for StoryCorps.

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Originally aired May 17, on NPR’s Morning Edition. 

Nothing Left Unsaid

Jackie Miller and her son, Scott Miller, always shared everything with each other, even if it was hard. Scott knew his mother wanted to live life on her own terms, but he wasn’t prepared for how she wanted to end it. 

To understand more about the topic of voluntary assisted death, see the following sources:

PBS: What is the Right to Die and Why Does It Matter?

Library of Congress: Regulation of Assisted Dying

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide or is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

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Released May 15, 2024.

“He’s A Rainbow Baby:” A Mother’s Lessons On Grief

Marilí Rodríguez García spent several years working as a doula in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was called to the profession after losing her first child, Adrián José, a few days after his birth, May 14, 2009.

Marilí Rodríguez García, pregnant with her first son, Adrián José, and standing with a friend in Cayey, Puerto Rico in 2009. Photo courtesy of Marilí Rodríguez García.

Several years later, her son Emil Gustavo was born.

Marilí recently came to StoryCorps to remember that time and reflect on the ways she was able to move on.

The Figueroa Rodríguez family in Carolina, Puerto Rico in 2019. Photo courtesy of Marilí Rodríguez García.

 

Top Photo: Marilí Rodríguez García at her StoryCorps interview in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 7, 2024. By Jo Corona for StoryCorps.

 

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Originally aired May 10, 2024, on NPR’s Morning Edition. 

Heart to Heart

“I used to always say, ’We have one heart, you and I.’”

Sarah Churchill & Yomi Young

Shortly after giving birth to her third daughter, doctors told Sarah Churchill that her baby had a rare genetic disorder that caused her bones to break under the slightest pressure. They gave Sarah a choice — she could try to raise a child who might not survive or leave her at the hospital. That child was Yomi.

Years later, Sarah and Yomi came to a StoryCorps recording booth to talk about that night.

Listen to Yomi and Sarah’s original StoryCorps interview.

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Peter the Wolf

Judd Esty-Kendall’s father was an animal lover who filled their house with raccoons, hawks, and critters of every size. At times it was more like a zoo than a home. But there was one creature Judd’s father treasured above the rest: A gray wolf.

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Released May 7, 2024.

A Blues Legend Reflects on 70 Years Of Ripping Up The Stage

Growing up in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, Peylia Balinton only remembers her mother playing classical piano at home. It wasn’t until she visited a friend’s house that she was exposed to Blues music. That was the start of a lifelong career on stage.

Concert posters featuring Sugar Pie DeSanto. Courtesy of Lorraine Balinton.

Peylia’s first performance was at an open mic at the historic Ellis Theater in San Francisco, where she soon became a regular. It was after one of these performances that she was approached by Johnny Otis, who immediately recognized her talent and asked her to record an album. Otis also gave her the stage name Sugar Pie DeSanto. 

Jim Moore and Sugar Pie DeSanto at their StoryCorps recording, on August 11, 2022, in Oakland, CA .
By Jo Corona for StoryCorps.

Sugar Pie came to StoryCorps in 2022 with Jim Moore—her manager of over 50 years—to remember how she got her start.

Top Photo: Sugar Pie DeSanto performs at the Apollo Theater in New York City, 1964. Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

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Originally aired May 3, 2024, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The Birds, the Bees, and My Dad

Howie Gordon starred in over a hundred porn films in the 70s and 80s under the name Richard Pacheco. But his greatest role was as a father. At StoryCorps, he talked with his son Bobby Gordon about sex, shame, and dirty movies.

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Released April 30, 2024.

Two Iraq War Veterans Reflect On A Day That Changed Their Lives

Nick Bennett always knew he was going to join the military. His grandfathers were World War II combat veterans, and he hoped to follow in their footsteps. He joined the Marines, and missed being assigned to a combat unit during his first deployment. Dan Miller also had had a family legacy, and was inspired by his uncle to join the Marine Corps. 

Two white men stand embracing. The taller one on the right has his chin on the shorter man's head, and his arm around his shoulder. The shorter man is holding a photo album. The shorter man on the left is wearing a red t-shirt and the taller man on the right is wearing a black polo short sleeve shirt. Both shirts have the logo of Wounded Warrior Project on them.
Nick Bennett and Dan Miller embracing with a photo album at Nick’s home in Franklin, Indiana in August 2021. Courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project.

In 2004, when the Iraq War was in full swing, Nick and Dan were both deployed to a region known as the ‘Triangle of Death’, which saw some of the highest levels of violence and casualties during the war. There, Dan was a Gunnery Sergeant, and Nick was in charge of the internet cafe.

Nick valued his role in keeping soldiers connected to  their families, but he felt called to fight. And so he requested to join Dan’s security team. They came to StoryCorps to remember what happened. 

Two white men stand together fishing in a lake. The taller one is wearing sneakers, blue jeans and a black shirt. The shorter one is wearing sandals, black shorts and a grey t-shirt.
Nick Bennett and Dan Miller fishing at Camp Allendale in Trafalgar, Indiana in August, 2021. Courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project.

 

Top Photo: Nick Bennett and Dan Miller at their StoryCorps interview in Lafayette, Indiana on April 7, 2024. By Rec Room Recording for StoryCorps.

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Originally aired on April 27, 2024 on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.