November 16, 2012 For 18 years, Rocco Galasso was the owner and superintendent of a New York City apartment building where much of his family resided — until the day they were given notice that their building faced demolition. As his grandson remembers, that's when everything changed. See an animated video from StoryCorps.
November 10, 2012 Spc. Justin Cliburn was in his 20s when he trained Iraqi police in Baghdad. During his deployment, he made friends with a teenager that he says "made every day something I looked forward to." But even their friendship could not escape a violent reality.
November 9, 2012 Harvey Hilbert served in the Army infantry during the Vietnam War. He was injured in battle and saw a man in his unit killed. "You know, I'm 65 years old, and I can remember clearly that young man — the color of his skin, his face, his cries," Hilbert told StoryCorps.
November 2, 2012 Boyd Applegate, a 56-year-old trucker who lives in San Diego, has been a poll worker for nearly every election over the past 20 years. Many people in his precinct greet him by name. He says he enjoys the work because he is a representative of what's right in America.
October 19, 2012 Robert Griffo was working at an investment firm on Wall Street when the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987. As his wealth slipped away, so did his hold on his life — and his family. Griffo ended up homeless and found himself contemplating suicide.
October 5, 2012 Ken Rensink was 19 when he was disabled in a car accident. After 15 years out of the workforce, he decided to devote himself to teaching special education. He's now been at it for more than a decade. "I'm trying to help create folks who will not get rolled by life," he says.
September 28, 2012 After he was told his brother had been murdered, Charlie Morris was filled with hatred. When he sought medical help for mysterious medical symptoms 10 years later, he realized it was his rage that plagued his body. When he started to forgive, he says his nightmares stopped, and his ailments went away.
September 7, 2012 Graham Haggett was just 10 weeks old when his grandmother was killed in the World Trade Center attacks. But his mother has told him many stories about her — including how his face was one of the first things his grandmother saw when she got to the office that day.
August 31, 2012 Police officers often have to respond to tragic scenes. Mark Edens, a retired Michigan State Trooper, remembers one night in 1974 that was especially tough. He says breaking the news to a family that a family member has died is always hard, but something he was born to do.
August 24, 2012 In Wyoming, as in several Western states, many wildfires are fought by prison inmates. Daniel Ross, serving time in a Wyoming prison for assault, has spent two seasons fighting fires. He says he's been overwhelmed by the gratitude of the townspeople his team has helped.
August 17, 2012 At 40, Julie Sanders is a mother of three from Portland, Ore. But when she was 16, Sanders belonged to a white supremacist group — and one night in 1988, she found herself at the scene of a murder. Since then, she's kept the event a secret from most of her friends and family.