June 24, 2012 Learning Works charter school in California takes an unorthodox approach to getting young people to graduate. Students who had previously dropped out get mentors who help with everything from getting to class on time to staying up late studying. Now, some of those who graduated are helping others.
June 22, 2012 This weekend, gay pride celebrations will mark the first year since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the law that banned gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. Denny Meyer, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, describes what it was like to be both gay and a sailor.
June 15, 2012 In 1996, Wil Smith enrolled as a freshman at Bowdoin College. He was 27 and recently out of the Navy. So he set off for school with his one-year-old daughter, Olivia, in tow. Now that she's a teenager, Olivia sat down with her dad to look back on their "college days" together.
June 8, 2012 Jose Rodriguez first participated in the New Jersey Special Olympics back in 2003, when he was 13. Jose has trouble learning — mostly with reading and writing. At StoryCorps, Jose tells his former coach, Charles Zelinsky, what his life was like before he found the games.
May 18, 2012 Van Harris and his wife, Shirley, grew up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, about a block from each other. During a visit to StoryCorps, Van recalled the day he first noticed Shirley: "She was about 10 years old, and she was beating up a couple of guys. ... I said, 'Geez, I'd like to meet a girl like that.' "
May 4, 2012 Ricardo Isaias Zavala comes from a long line of cowboys who worked the ranches of South Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries. His grandfather grew up on those ranches — and late in his life, a story from those days took on special meaning for Ricardo.