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A Teenager In The 1950s, Extreme Sledding For The Air Force

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Darnell Moore (right) tells his friend Bryan Epps about growing up in Camden, N.J., where a group of boys once attacked him and attempted to light him on fire. Moore now mentors LGBTQ teens. StoryCorps hide caption

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An Outcast Teen Attacked With Slurs, Fists, Gasoline And A Match

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Erika Kalberer (left) and her mother, Kris. Their family has been living in their car. Kris tells her daughter, "I don't think sometimes you know how strong you are." StoryCorps hide caption

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When Living Out Of A Car, It's Hard To Feel At Home

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After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male'

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Mytokia Fair with her husband Thomas Fair. "I see you as a very powerful, beautiful woman," Thomas tells her. "I wish the men before me could have seen this." StoryCorps hide caption

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Finding A New Life, After An Abusive Marriage And A Prison Sentence

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More than four decades working as a bricklayer gave Barbara Moore calloused, aching hands — and these biceps. Courtesy of Olivia Fite hide caption

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Female Bricklayer Defied Doubters To Build Baltimore Landmarks

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Roger Alvarez (left) did not graduate from high school, despite the efforts of former teacher Antero Garcia. "I just wanted you to know," Alvarez tells him, "I always respected you. ... You looked at me and you paid attention." StoryCorps hide caption

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Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

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Clela Rorex (right) tells her friend Sue Larson that she doesn't regret her decision to grant the controversial marriage licenses. StoryCorps hide caption

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Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

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For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake

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Growing up, Dekalb Walcott III wanted to be just like his father, Dekalb Walcott Jr., a fire chief for the Chicago Fire Department. Dekalb Walcott Jr. retired in 2009, but not before the two had the opportunity to work alongside each other. StoryCorps hide caption

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Passing The Torch: A Firefighter Dad's Legacy

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Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend

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Patrick Haggerty dresses in drag in 1959. As a teen, Haggerty learned from his father never to "sneak" around his identity. Courtesy of Patrick Haggerty hide caption

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'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s

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On a visit to StoryCorps, Cheri Lindsay, 25, and Phillip Lindsay, 52, discussed a rare skin condition they share, and how they both have coped. StoryCorps hide caption

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Inheriting A Rare Skin Condition, And The Ability To Laugh About It

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In June 1964, James Brock dumped acid into the water at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla. He was trying to disrupt swimmers who were protesting the hotel's whites-only policy. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: 'It Was A Milestone'

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Thompson Williams with his son, Kiamichi-tet Williams. Thompson remembers his father, Melford Williams, as someone who "could swear with the best of them" but was never angry with anyone. StoryCorps hide caption

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From Father To Son, Life Lessons Passed Down Through Generations

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