Meliza Arellano (right) is now an 11th grader at Democracy Prep in New York City. Her seventh-grade teacher, Sarah Benko, inspired her to want to become a teacher. StoryCorps hide caption

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Teacher Pushed Struggling Student To Honors
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English Teacher Reaches Through Student's Haze
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Joshua Littman and his mother, Sarah, visited StoryCorps for the second time to talk about their evolving relationship. Their first visit was in 2006. StoryCorps hide caption

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The Parenting Dance: Hold Tight While Letting Go
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Battleships USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.The attack initiated U.S. participation in World War II. National Archives hide caption

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Living To Tell The Horrible Tale Of Pearl Harbor
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Memory Loss Sparks A Plan For Running, And Living
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Ayodeji Ogunniyi and his father, Abimbola "Yinka" Ogunniyi, at their first American home in South Holland, Ill., in 1993.

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From Pre-Med To Teacher: A New Kind Of Healing
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It took 14 years for stone carvers to create the Mount Rushmore monument, seen here in 1995. Gloria Del Bianco's father, Luigi, led the carving team.

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A Stone Carver's Daughter Tells Of Mount Rushmore
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A.P. Tureaud Jr. (right) talked with Steven Walkley at StoryCorps in New York.

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Life As A 'Symbol Of Integration' In College
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John Klein, 60, and Bernice Flournoy, 60, visited StoryCorps in Oakland, Calif.

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A Love That Turned Difference Into Intimacy
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Mary says she knew Thomas was the one for her by the way he treated his mother.

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Remembering A Man And A Marriage
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The New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hits a home run at the Polo Grounds to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in their playoff game, Oct. 3, 1951. It remains a painful memory for Harvey Sherman. AP hide caption

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The 'Shot Heard 'Round The World' Echoes Once More
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After a patient told neurosurgeon Lee Buono to thank the teacher who inspired him, he called up Al Siedlecki. StoryCorps hide caption

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Al Siedlecki (left) and Lee Buono speak at the launch of StoryCorps' National Teachers Initiative at the White House. AJ Chavar /StoryCorps hide caption

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Life Lessons Learned: The National Teachers Initiative
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Earl B. Reynolds spoke with his daughter, Ashley Reynolds, in Roanoke, Va., about how a chance encounter with singer James Brown helped prod him into a new plan for his life. StoryCorps hide caption

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Soul Singer Helps Shoeshiner 'Get On The Good Foot'
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Ellaraino (right), spoke about her late grandmother with her friend Baki AnNur at StoryCorps in Los Angeles. StoryCorps hide caption

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Memories Of Grandma Silvia, And Slavery's Legacy
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