At StoryCorps, people of all backgrounds and beliefs are having conversations that are about what matters most to them in life. If you’re getting to know us and considering recording your own conversation, check out these stories recorded with us and preserved for American history.

Stories about What Matters Most


A Second Chance

While serving time for robbing a bank, Darius Clark Monroe decided to apologize to the people who were inside the bank on that day, including customer David Ned. Seventeen years later, they sat down to talk about what David’s forgiveness has meant to both of them.
Read the full transcript here.


John and Joe

John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.
Read the full transcript here.


Miss Devine

Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson recall their fearsome Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine, the only woman who had more power than their grandmother.
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Albert and Aidan Sykes

In 2015, 9-year-old Aidan Sykes came to StoryCorps in Jackson, Mississippi, to ask his father, Albert, a few important questions.
Read the full transcript here.


Chloe Longfellow

After her father died, Chloe Longfellow started spending more time with her grandmother Doris. A remembrance of her best friend.
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