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StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that records the stories of everyday people and preserves them at the Library of Congress. Hosts Michael Garofalo and Nadia Reiman share stories and conversations from StoryCorps' recording booths. Updated weekly.More from StoryCorps »

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StoryCorps 411: The Ballad of Wendell Scott

On January 30, 2015 Wendell Scott became the first African American driver to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Scott started racing in 1952 toward the end of the Jim Crow era, and was the first African American to win at NASCAR’s elite major league level.Scott’s family served as his racing team. They traveled to speedways together from their home in Danville, Virginia, and his sons worked as his pit crew.Wendell Scott died in 1990. One of his sons, Frank, and his grandson Warrick, sat down to remember him for StoryCorps.On January 30, 2015 Wendell Scott became the first African American driver to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Scott started racing in 1952 toward the end of the Jim Crow era, and was the first African American to win at NASCAR’s elite major league level.Scott’s family served as his racing team. They traveled to speedways together from their home in Danville, Virginia, and his sons worked as his pit crew.Wendell Scott died in 1990. One of his sons, Frank, and his grandson Warrick, sat down to remember him for StoryCorps.Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the participants at podcast@storycorps.org. Tell us about someone you want to interview at characters@storycorps.org. And help support our work at StoryCorps.org/donate.Music in this episode:"Saunter" by Podington Bear http://podingtonbear.com/"Subotnick" by Caribou http://www.caribou.fm/ from the album "The Milk of Human Kindness"

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StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant

In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him. Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the participants at podcast@storycorps.org. Tell us about someone you want to interview at characters@storycorps.org. And help support our work at StoryCorps.org/donate.Music Info: "Jubilee" by Unwed Sailor"The Flowers are Still Standing" by Jahzzar

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StoryCorps 409: The Come Back

When Darlene Lewis' son was released from prison 20 years ago, he couldn't find work.

So, Darlene decided to do something about it. 

She runs an organization dedicated to helping former inmates find jobs. Darlene prepares them for interviews, places them with local businesses, and advocates for them in court. 

She's helped thousands of men and women — including James Taylor, who served seven years for weapons possession and drug charges. 

Today, James works as a videographer, youth mentor, and also volunteers for Darlene's organization.

They spoke at StoryCorps.

Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the participants at podcast@storycorps.org. Tell us about someone you want to interview at characters@storycorps.org. And help support our work at StoryCorps.org/donate. 

Music Info: 

"Filaments" and "Low Jack" by Podington Bear 

"Prelude 1" by Chris Zabriskie

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StoryCorps 408: How We Roll

In July 2014, Raphael Hameed was walking with his 5-year-old son, Ish, when they were hit by a speeding car. Raphael lost his leg. Ish, his only son, was killed.

While the driver is awaiting trial for vehicular homicide, her sister, Megiddëh Goldston, is trying to do right by the Hameed family.

They connected after the accident. And now she visits Raphael and his wife, Heidi, to help with their day-to day-life. They sat down for StoryCorps in Colorado Springs.

Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the participants at podcast@storycorps.org. Tell us about someone you want to interview at characters@storycorps.org. And help support our work at StoryCorps.org/donate.

Music in this episode:

"Rarified" by Podington Bear from the album "Yearning" http://podingtonbear.com/

 Vladimir's Blues by Max Richter from the album The Blue Notebooks 

 

 Keywords:  "StoryCorps"," NPR", "National Public Radio", "Morning Edition", "StoryCore", "Sound Portraits", "Dave Isay", "David Isay", "Documentary", "Oral History", "Interviews", "Colorado", "Car Accidents", "Forgiveness"

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StoryCorps 407: Top Secret Santa

Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955.

Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the participants at podcast@storycorps.org. Help support our work at StoryCorps.org/donate.


Music in this episode:

Sleigh Ride by The Ventures - http://www.theventures.com

Fives by Podington Bear- http://podingtonbear.com

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