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Sharing And Preserving The Stories Of Our Lives

After Samuel Taylor came out to his mother, Connie Casey, the pair had several very difficult years. But in time, Connie realized she had to re-examine her feelings about homosexuality. StoryCorps hide caption

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On a visit to StoryCorps in Phoenix, Gilbert Zermeno told his wife, Pat Powers-Zermeno, about what it was like to grow up poor while yearning to join the school band. StoryCorps hide caption

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Robert Stokely and his son, Michael, who died on deployment in Iraq in 2005. Courtesy of Robert Stokely hide caption

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Adrian Hawkins (left) with his foster father, Horace Atwater Jr., at a visit to StoryCorps in Atlanta. Horace took in Adrian when he was 14 years old. StoryCorps hide caption

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Shengqiao Chen spent two and a half years at York County prison while his asylum case was pending. He has been living in the United States for longer than he lived in China, and has no immediate family left in his native Fujian Province. Few people call him by his Chinese given name any longer — his wife and children know him only as Sean. Diptych by Katja Heinemann for NPR hide caption

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Finding An Anchor For A Life Set Adrift By A Shipwreck

Shengqiao Chen and Zehao Zhou met 20 years ago after a ship that was smuggling Chinese immigrants into the U.S. ran aground just outside New York City.

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Peter Obetz (left) and Jeff Jarrett met in 1998 and are still close friends. Peter was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in 2004. He was declared cancer-free in 2009. They visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo. StoryCorps hide caption

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In 2005, Lance Cpl. Travis Williams lost his squad to an IED. He was the only survivor. StoryCorps hide caption

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Sally Edwards (left), 80, and Lue Hutchinson, 71, visited StoryCorps in Cincinnati. Their sons, Jack Edwards and Tom Butts, are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. StoryCorps hide caption

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Six years ago, Rick Bounds was told he would die without a kidney and liver transplant. Today he is a triathlete, thanks to donor organs from Dorothy Biernack's late husband, Marty. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Gift Of Life And Friendship After A Family's Loss

In February 2007, Rick Bounds was diagnosed with a serious liver disease and given eight months to live.

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Carol Kirsch and her daughter, Rebecca Posamentier, visited StoryCorps in 2008. Posamentier visited again recently. StoryCorps hide caption

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Alexis Martinez (left) worried that coming out to daughter Lesley as transgender would mean giving up any relationship with her grandchildren. But she needn't have worried. StoryCorps hide caption

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Herman Blake, left, and Sidney Blake at StoryCorps in New York. StoryCorps hide caption

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Hodd on deployment in Anbar Province, Iraq, 2008. Courtesy of Daniel Hodd hide caption

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John Curtis with his 11-year-old son, John Wikiera. StoryCorps hide caption

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Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

John Curtis never thought he would be able to be a dad. But in 1998 he held his son against his chest. It was "like we fit," he says.

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