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A Stanford Family: Groundskeeper Dad Cultivates His Son's Classroom Dream
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Nearing Life's End, A Mother Reflects On 'The Most Important Thing I Did'
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Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls
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Vito de la Cruz once worked the fields as a migrant worker with his family. Now, he's a civil rights attorney. And through it all, he has recalled a day of fear on the fields where he worked as a child. StoryCorps hide caption

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'I Can Smell The Dirt And The Fear': Up From Soil, The Soul Of A Law Career
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Now Hiring: Low Pay, Terrible Benefits And An Unmatched View On Life
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For Decades, He Carried Guilt For Another Soldier's Death
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The 'Larger Than Life' Legend Of The Ballpark Beer Guy
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The True Story Of A Fake Presidential Candidate
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Eva Vega-Olds on her wedding day in May 2009 with her father, Leonardo Vega. As he walked her down the aisle, he cracked a joke in their family's characteristic sarcasm, telling her: "It's my day. I finally get rid of you." Courtesy of Eva Vega-Olds hide caption

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Just Days Before Her Father Died, She Told Him What He Meant To Her
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'If You Don't Fight For Yourself, Ain't Nobody Else Gonna Do It For You'
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Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers, reprising their 1969 foot bath more than two decades later, during their final scene together in 1993. (c) The Fred Rogers Company hide caption

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Walking The Beat In Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Where A New Day Began Together
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In 1975 Small-Town Arkansas, Gay Couple Stayed In The Closet
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'I'm A Female And I'm A Veteran ... Those 2 Things Are Not Mutually Exclusive'
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For 2 Black Stuntmen Breaking Into Hollywood, 'You Were Subject To Get Hurt'
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Susan Kaphammer and her son, Joshua Myers, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Mom, A Son With Down Syndrome — And The Love That Made A 'Curse' A Gift
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Even Seizures Can't Slow This Sixth-Grader: 'Nothing Can Stop Me!'
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Sean Smith, 10, with his sister Erin, 8, at home on June 4, 1989,” the day before her death. Courtesy of Lee Smith hide caption

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Gone With A Gunshot, His Little Sister Remains 'Eternally 8'
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Amid A Lost Love, A Son And Father Finally Speak The Secret Between Them
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Encore: In Wake Of War, Former Homeless Vet Found Hope In Treatment
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The Accidental Wheelman Of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Mary Reed and her daughter, Emma McMahon, at the Safeway where Mary was shot along with 18 others on Jan. 8, 2011. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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Out Of Tucson Carnage, A Family Emerges Unbroken — And 'Grown Up'
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When The Closest Thing To Home Was A Hospital Bed
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Octavius Humphries, 32, (left) Seth Smiley, 51, and Seth's mom, Carole Smiley, 81, visited StoryCorps in Atlanta. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Couple's Love Blooms At Christmas
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