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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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Andy Goodling, with his father, Scott, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Tom Houck, standing in front of a mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Todd Burandt/Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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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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Nick Hodges and Charlotte Wheelock, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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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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Akiva Johnson and Henry Jimenez, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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The cookbook, featuring those handprints left in beet juice. Courtesy of Chloe Longfellow hide caption

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John Graziano was adopted in the early '80s. Long beset by illness as a child, in 1986 he was discovered to have contracted HIV from his biological mother. Courtesy of Tom Graziano hide caption

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Claudia Anton, with her father, Roger Bessey, and sister, Diana Keough, at their home in 1978. After being diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, Bessey died in 1990. Courtesy of Diana Keough hide caption

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Carol Miller, 68, and Marge Klindera, 79, are here to help — and have been for many years now. "People say, 'You mean you've given up Thanksgiving for all these years?' " Miller remarks. "And I never feel like I've ever given anything up." StoryCorps hide caption

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Kara Masteller sits with her grandfather, James Kennicott, in a car in the parking lot of an Applebee's in Waterloo, Iowa. StoryCorps hide caption

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Teresa Valko and her mother, Evelyn Wilson, in 2011. Courtesy of Teresa Valko hide caption

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The Death That Ended His War: 'I Felt That ... I Failed My Family'

Practically brothers, both Barry Romo and his nephew served during the Vietnam War. But only Barry made it home.

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The body of Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich is buried at Congressional Cemetery on July 2, 1988. Matlovich, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam, became a gay rights figure during his five-year battle against the Air Force, which discharged him in 1975 for homosexuality. In 1980 Matlovich settled with the Air Force and received an honorable discharge. Ira Schwartz /AP hide caption

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The Fennell family, in a photograph taken in 1999, several years after their kidnapping — posing with the very car they were kidnapped in. Courtesy of Janette Fennell hide caption

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Erik and Jenna, in the classroom. "My advice to you is be brave," Erik tells her. StoryCorps hide caption

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This Thanksgiving, Listen To (And Interview) Your Elders

StoryCorps has an assignment as generations gather this Thanksgiving: Document the stories and voices of a grandparent or elder.

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Marilynn Hillerman with her daughter, Andrea Crook, on a visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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The aircraft hijacked by George Giffe, in Jacksonville, Fla., shortly after the hijacking occurred on Oct. 4, 1971. Courtesy of Andy Downs hide caption

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Noramay Cadena, with Chassitty at Cadena's first graduation from MIT in 2003. Courtesy of the Cardena family hide caption

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Elliott, who is a retired associate professor of counselor education, during her recent visit to StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Feliciano stands at the gravesite of his wife, Rosa. "She's buried here," he says. "So Green-Wood Cemetery is ground zero for me." Courtesy of Isaac Feliciano hide caption

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