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StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories.

Last Build Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:48:00 -0500

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In Prison And Outside, He Found His 'Iota Of Light': A Mentor Named Fred

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:48:00 -0500

"What is life without hope? Even an iota of light can go a long way," says Robert Sanchez, a social worker who served 15 years in prison. He found that guiding light when he met minister Fred Davie.

Once Unwelcome News, Her Daughter's Outing Opened Door For A New Love

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:00 -0500

When Leslye Huff first told Mary Ostendorf's mother about their relationship, she took it badly. But things didn't end there. Over a decade, friendship — and even love — bloomed between the three.

From Afghanistan To U.S., A Lesson In Love — One Thanksgiving At A Time

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:41:00 -0500

When Saboor Sahely left Afghanistan for the U.S. in 1978, he bore a lesson with him: love for his community. Now a restaurant owner in Utah, he has given out free Thanksgiving meals for 26 years.

To Survive A Post-Election Thanksgiving, Try StoryCorps' Oral History Project

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:43:00 -0500

Ditch the political conversation this weekend and try StoryCorps' Great Thanksgiving Listen project, where kids interview their elders about their lives.

'The Great Thanksgiving Listen': StoryCorps Asks Listeners To Record Conversations

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:21:08 -0500

StoryCorps has a mission to collect audio conversations. Founder Dave Isay is asking younger listeners to record Thanksgiving conversations with their elders using the StoryCorps app.

In A Family's First House, A Lasting Lesson: You Can Always Give

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:36:00 -0500

When her mom gave her bed to a family less fortunate than theirs, Alicia Beltrán-Castañeda was upset. But the moment offered a lesson — one that, decades later, she's passing on to her own daughter.

Watcher At The Wall: One Veteran Finds A Lifeline In All That's Left Behind

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:40:13 -0500

Since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened, visitors have left hundreds of thousands of items there. Meet the veteran who collects and catalogs them — and finds in them a chance to salvage the past.

The Pain Of 'Perfectly Normal': A Vietnam Vet's Long-Silent Torment

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 04:43:00 -0500

For veteran Hartmut Lau, getting through the Vietnam War depended on a clear directive: "You perform the mission that you're given." But finally, after decades, he opens up about a devastating moment.

Just In Time For The Election, It's Time For Some Family Political Therapy

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:46:00 -0400

It's a tale as old as time: Father is conservative, daughter is liberal — and family gatherings almost always descend into bickering. Cue StoryCorps for a little election-season family therapy.

Out Of The 'Wreckage Of The Past,' A Family Salvaged By Love

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:28:00 -0400

Carmen Pacheco-Jones lost custody of her children due to her drug addiction. But she resolved to "let them know they're worth fighting for." Now clean, she recalls those dark days with her daughter.

They Came To America And Found Love. But First, They Found 'Love' In A Dictionary

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

When he asked her out, she needed a pocket dictionary — and two whole days — to respond in English, on a napkin: "Yes, OK." Decades later, the two immigrants are still together — and still in love.

In A Jail Sentence, A Veteran's Redemption — With Help From A Fellow Vet

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:41:00 -0400

Two veterans met in court last year: a man who violated his probation and the judge who sentenced him. But it was the judge's decision to visit his fellow veteran's cell that changed them both.

Years After Police Shooting, Woodcarver's Brother Remembers The Man He Lost

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 04:30:00 -0400

A Native American woodcarver, crossing the street with his carving knife, was killed when an officer mistook him for a threat. "I want them to know him the way I did," his brother says.

A Decade After Amish School Shooting, Gunman's Mother Talks Of Forgiveness

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:38:00 -0400

When Charles Roberts shot and killed five Amish girls in Lancaster, Pa., 10 years ago, his parents were devastated. But the Amish community forgave their son and has since embraced the Robertses.

On The Road For Decades — And Not Stopping Anytime Soon

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:29:00 -0400

When Idella Hansen and Sandi Talbott got started in trucking, women were a rarity in big rigs. Now they've got nearly 9 million miles in the rearview mirror, and they won't hear of retirement.