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

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

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Savannah Phelan, 8, and her mom, Kellie, in front of a 77-foot mural they helped paint, which reflects the experiences of children and teenagers affected by incarceration. Emily Martinez for StoryCorps hide caption

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

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For Dad And Daughter Fighting Breast Cancer, Grit Runs In The Family

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Jim Saint Germain and Carlos Walton, on the night before Walton's wedding just last weekend. Saint Germain was one of Walton's groomsmen. Courtesy of Jim Saint Germain hide caption

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To Save A Failing Student, This Dean Offered Not Just Help — But 'Family'

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From Father To Father, A Few Words Of Wisdom On Raising Kids With Autism

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A Fitting Tribute For A Stargazing Love: A Trip To The Moon

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'A Little Piece Of Mommy On Earth': The Gifts Their Late Mom Left Behind

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A view inside the UpStairs Lounge after the fire that killed 32 people on June 25, 1973. Many of the victims were there for a meeting of the Metropolitan Community Church, an LGBT-affirmative church founded by the Rev. Troy Perry. Jack Thornell/AP hide caption

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Out Of Ashes, An Unwavering Resolve: 'That's The Legacy. We Never Ran Away'

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Ernesto Rodriguez and his son, Sebastian, when Sebastian was 2 years old. Courtesy of Ernesto Rodriguez hide caption

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After Deployment, Marine Returns To Find His 'Most Important Thing': Fatherhood

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Hans Walters and his wife, Martha Hiatt, rock out with a sea lion named Bruiser. Alletta Cooper for StoryCorps hide caption

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This '80s Rock Frontman Knows: What Could Be More Metal Than Sharks?

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Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

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Donna Engeman, Survivor Outreach Services manager at the Installation Management Command, rode her Harley Davidson from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., to ride in Rolling Thunder Memorial Day, 2012. She rides again this year to help raise awarenes about the significance and meaning behind the Gold Star Pins. Rob Mcilvaine(AR News)/U.S. Army /Rob Mcilvaine(AR News)/U.S. Army hide caption

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Army Love: A Fallen Soldier's Widow Tells Their Daughter How It All Began

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Jim Stockdale greets his father, Navy pilot and then-Capt. James B. Stockdale, at Miramar Naval Air Station on Feb. 15, 1973. Courtesy of Jim Stockdale hide caption

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A POW Dad And His Family's Fierce, Loving Allegiance

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Marie Sayenga recognized a need for improvement in her local government, and decided to run for office. Courtesy of Louise Randolph hide caption

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When Her Town Needed Fixing, This Single Mom Stepped Up

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Francisco and Frankie at one of the fountains on the Stanford campus that Francisco cared for over the years. Courtesy of the Preciado family hide caption

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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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A pretty compelling fringe benefit: the view from the Ortega River Bridge. Courtesy of Barb Abelhauser hide caption

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Now Hiring: Low Pay, Terrible Benefits And An Unmatched View On Life

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Andy Alaniz was killed in friendly fire in Iraq in 1991. Courtesy of Catherine Alaniz-Simonds hide caption

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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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