StoryCorps: Recording The Lives And Stories Of Everyday Americans StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories.

At a StoryCorps interview in New York City, Allan Fuks (right) tells his former middle school classmate Spencer Katzman what it was like to go through school with an awkward name. Mia Warren/StoryCorps hide caption

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He Grew Up With An Unfortunate Name He Hated — Now He's Owning It

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Juan Romero, 67, at his home in Modesto, Calif., holds a photo of himself and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, taken by The Los Angeles Times' Boris Yaro on June 5, 1968. Jud Esty-Kendall/StoryCorps hide caption

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The Busboy Who Cradled A Dying RFK Recalls Those Final Moments

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Cathy Sprigg (right) with her son, Army Spc. Robert Joseph Allen, at Tampa International Airport in 2010. Allen was headed back to Iraq after being on leave for the birth of his son. Courtesy of Cathy Sprigg hide caption

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'He Had A Very Sad Heart': This Memorial Day, Remembering The Overlooked Heroes

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In a StoryCorps conversation in 2016, Etaine Raphael (left) and Adele Levine reflected on their time as civilian physical therapists working with soldiers who had been severely injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. John White/StoryCorps hide caption

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'If I Only Had A Magic Wand': Reflecting On Years Spent Working With Wounded Soldiers

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Ginnie and Matt Peters on vacation in February 2011, a few months before he died by suicide. Courtesy of Ginnie Peters hide caption

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'He Was My Everything': A Farmer's Wife Reflects On Her Husband's Suicide

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Max Knauer and his mother, Kittie Weston-Knauer, at a StoryCorps conversation recorded in April. Grace Pauley/StoryCorps hide caption

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'Why Don't You Try It?': How The Oldest U.S. Female BMX Racer Broke Into The Sport

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In a StoryCorps conversation recorded in February, Patrick and Tracia Kraemer recall falling in love at a nudist park. Kelly Moffitt/StoryCorps hide caption

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This Love Story Started At A Nudist Park

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In a 2009 StoryCorps interview, Charisse Spencer (right) shares with her son Myles Spencer-Watson her memories of growing up in Virginia during the 1960s civil rights movement. Lilly Sullivan/StoryCorps hide caption

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'We Were Representing Our Whole Race': A Mom Passes On Her Civil Rights Story

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Ralph Gagliardo was incarcerated for much of his daughter Abby's childhood. At StoryCorps, they talk about their relationship while he was in prison and after he returned home. Daniel Sitts/StoryCorps hide caption

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'We Came A Long Way': After Prison, A New Chance For A Dad And His Daughter

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Dennis Simmonds, 57, and his wife Roxanne, 54, during a visit to StoryCorps. Kevin Oliver for StoryCorps hide caption

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'He Wasn't Really Afraid Of Anything': Boston Bombing Victim Remembered

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Davis, center, during his deployment to Afghanistan, where he served for nearly a year and a half as a human intelligence collector. Courtesy of Roman Coley Davis hide caption

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A Young Soldier Finds Comfort In An Unexpected Delivery

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Brothers Russell Wadsworth, 28, (left) and Remmick Wadsworth, 27, both have autism. "To have a brother who shares something that you have, the same kind of emotions ... it just means the world," Russell tells his younger brother during a StoryCorps interview. Kevin Oliver/Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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'You Would Always Have My Back': Brothers With Autism Navigate Life Together

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A 1950 photo of Kay (aka "Tubby") Johnston in her King's Dairy Little League team uniform hangs in a special exhibit honoring women in baseball, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Courtesy of Kay Johnston Massar hide caption

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A Little League Of Her Own: The First Girl In Little League Baseball

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At their StoryCorps interview in Houston, Tanai Benard, 34, and her son, Dezmond Floyd, 10, discuss what's become a grim yet routine topic at schools: active shooter drills. Alletta Cooper/StoryCorps hide caption

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'There Is No Handbook For This': A Mother And Son Talk About School Shootings

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Encore: A Son On The Lessons He Learned From His Cabdriver Dad

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Mohammad Ashraf Faridi (left) with his son, Muhammad Faridi, at a StoryCorps interview in New York City. Mia Warren/StoryCorps hide caption

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'Hey, Taxi Boy': A Son On The Lessons He Learned From His Cabdriver Dad

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Lora Koenig with her son in the field at Russell Glacier in Greenland in 2011. Courtesy of Marilyn Koenig hide caption

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'Mommy, You Can Do That': Navigating Work-Life Balance Thousands Of Miles From Home

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In November 1965, Joe Galloway snapped this photo of his childhood friend Vince Cantu during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, without realizing who was pictured. Vince was rushing to pick up the body of American soldier in Plei Me, South Vietnam, to transport him home. The photo would ultimately run in several magazines. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Childhood Friends Reunited — In The Middle Of The Vietnam War

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Actress Ashley Judd and her friend, Ted Klontz, outside Nashville, Tenn. Jill Glaser/StoryCorps hide caption

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Actress Ashley Judd's #MeToo Moment Was Driven By A 'Commitment' To Her Younger Self

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Joanna Wright, 58, and Tara Cummings, 47, spoke about their time at New Bethany Home for Girls during a StoryCorps conversation. Both women have testified that they were abused at the Louisiana school. Morgan Feigal-Stickles/StoryCorps hide caption

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Finding Strength In Shared Stories Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Cousins Cherie Johnson and James Ransom recorded their StoryCorps conversation in Sarasota, Fla. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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'Good Morning, Miss Devine': Cousins Remember Their Sunday School Teacher

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