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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, 20 Jan 2017 04:37:00 -0500

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For A Garbage Man In Minnesota, 'Trash Tells A Story'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:37:00 -0500

When times were lean for Lutheran pastor John Marboe and his family, he took on shifts hauling trash. It's a job that reminds him that small and unnoticed things people do for others are valuable.

What One Family Sacrificed To Help Black People Vote In 1966

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:02:00 -0500

When Vernon Dahmer said publicly he would pay the poll tax for black people in Mississippi who wanted to vote, it started a chain of events that is still felt by his family today.

After Prison, A Mom Finds Her Way Back Into Her Daughter's Life

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:37:00 -0500

As a teenager, Kayla Wilson talked to her grandma about her mom's incarceration in 2006. Now an adult, she and her mom discuss those days and how the experience changed them.

For The Man With A Thousand Sorries, Apologizing Became Second Nature

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:42:00 -0500

For 15 years, Fred Taylor Jr. apologized for a living. It was a "sorry" job, but someone had to do it, and for Taylor it became a way of life.

Decades After Daring Rescue, 2 Tennesseans Relive Christmas Miracle

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:39:00 -0500

Sixty years ago on Christmas Eve, Judy Charest met Harold Hogue and his co-worker, Jack Knox, because the two men were in the right place at the right time.

He Followed His Parents To U.S. With One Order: 'Go Change The World'

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:27:00 -0500

A father talks to his daughter about growing up poor in Mexico and the challenges he overcame that make him able to provide her a life filled with opportunity.

A Lifelong Secret: Can You Help This Ailing 94-Year-Old Man Make Amends?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:37:00 -0500

An effort to cover up a schoolyard incident led to decades of regret for Joseph Linsk. "The event never left me," he says, as he reveals a secret he has been keeping since the 1930s.

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.