On this season of the StoryCorps podcast, we’re bringing you stories about reuniting with people and places from our past. Sometimes those moments of connection are so extraordinary it can be hard to describe the feelings that surround them — the takeaways are intangible.

But often, it’s the tangible things that allow us to reconnect in the first place.

In this week’s episode, two stories about people reuniting with long-lost family treasures.


From an Army Major who tracks down and returns military medals, to a son who finds his father’s beloved electric guitar 25 years after his death; we explore the ways that objects can live on after a person is gone, preserving, and sometimes restoring, their legacy.


Top photo: Artwork by Eleanor Davis.
Middle photo: Army Major Zachariah Fike with Adeline Rockko at StoryCorps in April 2012.
Bottom photo: Rodger McDaniel with his son-in-law Josh Jacobsen in Denver, Colorado after their StoryCorps conversation in December 2018. 

Released on January 1, 2019.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“We’re from near and far” by Ending Satellites from the album And so sing the black birds
Untitled #4″ & Untitled #9″by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying in the Dark
“Vittoro” by Blue Dot Sessions from the album Aeronaut
“Alina’s Place” by Fredrik from the album Na Na Ni

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