Since the beginning of StoryCorps, countless friends have sat down, one-on-one, to share the things that matter to them through the StoryCorps interview process. That’s why we’re celebrating stories of those people who matter to each other. Explore the collection to hear from friendships that have continually uplifted one another, ones that turned into decades-long love stories, and those who reconnected after years apart.
Celebrate one of your friends by inviting them to a StoryCorps interview! Just download the StoryCorps App to record your conversation and upload it directly to the Archive, housed at the Library of Congress. Or, if an in-person interview isn’t possible, use StoryCorps Connect to conduct it remotely.
“I’ve been very lucky because he’s been the best partner I ever had.” Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves remember a decade of working together as sanitation workers in New York City.
Even an Iota of Light
After being released from prison following a 15-year sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, Robert Sanchez met minister Fred Davie. They discuss the support that Fred offered Robert as he navigated re-entry.
“It’s Still Worth Celebrating”
Yennie Neal-Achigbu and Jamie Olivieri celebrate three decades of being there for each other, from dealing with grief to organizing Christmas sleepovers for their kids.
“We’re Stuck With Each Other”
Gary Bezucha and Greg Klatkiewicz met over 50 years ago and instantly became a dynamic duo. At StoryCorps, they recounted some memories that really stood out from decades of friendship.
“You’re My Forever Love”
Beau McCall and Julaina Glass didn’t get off on the right foot. 30 years later, they look back on the friendship of a lifetime.
No Hanky Panky
Julia and Joel Helfman met when they were just 12 and 13. Their friendship blossomed into a decades-long love story.
Love Lost, And Found
Sue McConnell and Kristyn Weed were disowned by their families after coming out. Then they found each other through a transgender veterans’ group.
“You Didn’t Elevate Me, But You Helped Me Elevate Myself”
Sean Lloyd was one of Raymond Blanks’s only Black teachers. After graduating college, Raymond became an educator himself. The two reflect on the impact they had on each other.
Longtime Friends Reconnect in a Homeless Shelter
“I don’t know where I would be if you and I didn’t run into each other at the shelter.” Barbara Parham and Jeanne Satterfield discuss the support they offered each other after experiencing homelessness.
Our Own Mountains to Climb
After coming out, 90-year-old Kenneth Felts talked with his trainer, David Smith, who is also gay, about Ken’s journey and the inspiration David provided.
Friends During the Vietnam War Reunite Almost 50 Years After
John Nordeen and Kay Lee served in the same platoon during the Vietnam War, but they lost touch when they returned to the U.S. Then, nearly 50 years later, John gave Kay a call.
See You In Antarctica
Friends and traveling companions Wydenia Perry and Essie Gregory have had quite a lot of adventures in their 37 years of traveling together. They talk about some of their favorites before setting off to their seventh continent, Antarctica.
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