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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, 23 Jun 2017 04:33:00 -0400

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His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered For What Might Have Been

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:33:00 -0400

The Detroit resident's violent death become a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Thirty-five years later, his friend Gary Koivu recalls their final night together.

2 Dads And Their Experience With Foster Fatherhood

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

After caring for drug-addicted infants, two men became foster parents. It was hard saying goodbye to the first child, but when offered the chance to do it again they said, "How can you say no?"

What One Family Lost In Pulse Nightclub A Year Ago

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:40:00 -0400

Emily Addison remembers the last time she saw Deonka Drayton, who was killed by a gunman during the mass shooting in Orlando. "I feel like I wasn't there for her when she needed me the most."

Protect, Serve And Take Care Of The Bees

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:24:00 -0400

Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis spent nearly 20 years as the New York Police Department's unofficial beekeeper. He says the bees have taught him patience, respect, and a particular work ethic.

Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:38:00 -0400

George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes remember their son, Diego, an Iraqi war veteran who was killed in action in 2003. The family came to the U.S. in 1989 as immigrants from Colombia.

A Trip To Vietnam Helped This Son Make Peace With His Dad's Death

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:10:59 -0400

Robert Howard II grew up in Norwich, Conn., in the shadow of his father — a larger-than-life character in town — who fought in Vietnam, and was killed in action there in 1969.

A Mother-Daughter Bond: 'We Have One Heart, You And I'

Fri, 12 May 2017 04:49:00 -0400

Ahead of Mother's Day, Yomi Wrong, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, thanks her mother for not giving up on her and providing her with a lifetime of love and support.

'Why Can't We Own A Roller Coaster?' And Other Queries, Answered By A Dad

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:29:00 -0400

When two boys get to interview their dad they start with some basic questions about his life history, but quickly get to the tough ones: "Why can't I be in charge?"

One Soldier's Lasting Memories Of Exposure To Sarin Gas

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:54:00 -0400

In 2004, Michael Yandell was a U.S. Army bomb tech during Operation Iraqi Freedom when he and his partner were exposed to sarin. Almost 13 years later, he talks about the experience with his wife.

Teenager Opens Up To Her Dad About Her Experiences With Racism

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:08:25 -0400

Calvin Burns' daughter Stepheni Bellamy, 15, is usually reticent. At StoryCorps, she tells him about dealing with racism at her high school. Burns says he faced similar issues when he was growing up.

10 Years Later, Virginia Tech Instructor Recalls Her Students' Response To Tragedy

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Jane Vance and Lucinda Roy were both teachers at Virginia Tech 10 years ago when the deadly campus shooting occurred. They talk about coming back to campus afterward and moving on since that day.

Sisters Find Home In Utah After Somali Civil War Made Them Refugees

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:07:00 -0400

Annie and Randall Johnson have two teenage daughters who came to the U.S. as refugees from the Somali civil war. Since meeting, they've learned about both cultures, all while becoming a family.

This Country Music Tailor Is Known As 'The Rhinestone Rembrandt'

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:07:00 -0400

Manuel Cuevas of Manuel Couture crafted iconic outfits for Hank Williams and Gram Parsons, and turned Johnny Cash into "the Man in Black."

A 'Tough' Metzmama: Lasting Memories Of One Armenian Grandmother

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

In Armenian, the word for grandmother is metzmama. Isabel Kouyoumjian became a metzmama after her family fled from the Armenian Genocide. For her granddaughter Joanne Nucho, she was more than that.

The Happiness One Lucky Leprechaun Created In Yonkers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:20:00 -0400

Jess Buzzutto was known as "The Leprechaun of Yonkers." Every day he wore green from head to toe and with a bit of luck, brought happiness to those around him.