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From Poor Beginnings To A Wealth Of Knowledge

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Losing A Leg, But Gaining A Sense Of Purpose

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A Pianist's Ultimate Sacrifice: Giving It All To Go To War

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Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

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Drafted To Fight For The Country That Hurt Him

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Dawn Maestas has removed tattoos from women who have been branded as a result of domestic violence. She recorded an interview with one of her clients, who wanted to remain anonymous. StoryCorps hide caption

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Tattoo Removal Artist Helps Clients With Emotional Scars

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Living And Loving Through The Bubonic Plague

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A 'Good Enough' Dad And His Special Son

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Returning From Duty, Finding Families' Embrace

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Shaun Kaufman and Colleen Collins experienced a rough patch when they became private investigators, but the work ultimately helped strengthen their relationship. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Real-Life Nick And Nora Charles, Hot On Love's Trail

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Latina Sisters Aimed High, Defying Low Expectations

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Rowena Gore-Simmons and her daughter, Kenya, now 16, at StoryCorps in Baltimore. StoryCorps hide caption

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After Prison, A Second Chance To Be A Better Mother

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In Loving Memory Of A Wife, Daughter And Fallen Soldier

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A Husband And Wife Blessed Late In Life

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A Life Defined Not By Disability, But Love

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