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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, 28 Oct 2016 04:28:00 -0400

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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.

A Lightbulb Moment: All Her Practice Added Up To Triumph

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:37:00 -0400

Eileen Kushner strove — and strove, and strove — to overcome a learning disability diagnosed later in her life. But Kushner, who was inspired by Edison, found a crucible in her job at McDonald's.

On Sept. 11, He Checked Hijackers Onto Flight 77. It's Haunted Him Ever Since

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:32:00 -0400

Working the ticket counter on that terrible day, Vaughn Allex checked in families and a student group. But he also checked in their plane's hijackers. And because of that, "They were just all gone."

After Loss In Afghanistan, Vivid Memories Of A Loving, 'Goofball' Father And Husband

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 10:18:00 -0400

In this installment of StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative, Jenna Henderson remembers her late husband, Army Sgt. First Class Chris Henderson, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007.

In Visit With Seniors, This Boy Learned Lessons That Go Beyond The Classroom

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:01:00 -0400

As a chaplain, Ceceley Chambers often visits with seniors. Still, she was nervous the first time she brought along her 9-year-old son. But William says the visit left him changed — for the better.

When His Son Came Out As Gay, This Pastor Delivered A Sermon Of Support

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:57:32 -0400

Danny Cortez, once a Southern Baptist minister, did do more than accept his gay son: He decided to talk to his congregation about homosexuality, even though it ultimately meant his leaving the church.

When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:43:00 -0400

More than six decades since Frank Mutz's grandfather started in the air conditioning business, Frank runs the same company with his children. They've also passed down common sense and personal warmth.

Deaf And Blind, Her Father Still Knows How To Speak His Love

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:31:00 -0400

Through a TeleBraille machine, Melva Washington Toomer talked with her dad, John Carter Washington, for StoryCorps. "If I could help some person," he tells her, "then my living will not be in vain."

Computer Love: Their 1960s-Era Dating Strategy? Modern Technology!

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:29:00 -0400

Back in the early '60s a computer dating service decided these two people were compatible. That calculation was right. John and Carol Matlock will celebrate 52 years of marriage in December.

Born In Custody, A Girl Finds Answers With Someone Who Knows Best: Mom

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:58:00 -0400

Savannah Phelan, 8, recently discovered a video that revealed her mother had been in jail — all while still pregnant with her. So, well-equipped with questions, she took her mom to StoryCorps.