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Army Maj. Ivan and Aileen Arreguin at their son's wedding in Sanford, N.C., in June. The Arreguins are stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. Courtesy of the Arreguin family hide caption

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A U.S. Army Chaplain, Deployed In His Own Country, Honors Pandemic Victims

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Scott Macaulay, left, told Loretta Saint-Louis last week during a StoryCorps conversation that he organizes an annual Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who, like him, doesn't want to spend the holiday alone. Courtesy of Scott Macaulay, Alanna Kouri and Loretta Saint-Louis hide caption

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'Brighten The Corner Where You Are': Finding A New Way To Be Thankful In A Pandemic

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Ellaraino, right, spoke about her late great-grandmother with her friend Baki AnNur at StoryCorps in Los Angeles, in 2011. StoryCorps hide caption

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Encore: Memories Of Great-Grandmother Silvia

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"I think in a lot of ways, we survived that deployment in Iraq by sharing humor with each other," said former Army Spc. Garett Reppenhagen, seen at home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Courtesy of Garett Reppenhagen hide caption

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Pulling Off A Halloween Prank During A Deployment In Iraq

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Cherie DeBrest, left, and daughter Naima are planning on working at the polls on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Courtesy of Naima DeBrest hide caption

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A Mother And Daughter Join Together As Poll Workers 'To Make A Difference'

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At left: Becky and Mike McKenney (right) visit VanSumeren while he was incarcerated. The couple are the parents of VanSumeren's former girlfriend, Jillian, who has also remained close to him. At right: The McKenneys join VanSumeren on the day of his swearing-in as a lawyer. Courtesy of Bob VanSumeren hide caption

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A High School Dropout Finds Support On Road From Prison To Law School

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Brian McConnell, right, spoke with his wife, Nora, during a StoryCorps interview in Atlanta in 2016, about his "calling": working with the Delta Honor Guard to greet the remains of a military service members killed in active duty. Morgan Feigal-Stickles/StoryCorps hide caption

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'This Is My Way Of Serving.' How An Airline Worker Honors Fallen Military Members

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Helen Merrill with her granddaughter, Elizabeth Hartley, in 2017. Courtesy of Andrea Hartley hide caption

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Her Mother Voted In The Wake Of The 1918 Pandemic. Now, Voting Is A 'Sacred' Ritual

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Jinny Savolainen has spent her time during the pandemic interviewing her neighbors in Leverett, Mass. "Just when things seemed so dark, I found some light in the words of the people all around me," she said. Courtesy of Jinny Savolainen hide caption

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She Found 'Light' In Interviewing Neighbors About Life During Lockdown

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Michelle Huston, left, and her daughter, Lauren Magaña, reflected on their careers as social workers during their first interview with StoryCorps in Atlanta in 2018. Hillery Rink for StoryCorps hide caption

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Together, Mother And Daughter Social Workers Face New Challenges In A Pandemic

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"I hear that all the time, 'The children come first, the children come first,' " Fisher said. "We are going to put real muscle behind that statement," occupational therapist Debra Fisher, right, said in a StoryCorps interview with special education teacher Emma Pelosi. Courtesy of Debra Fisher and Emma Pelosi hide caption

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Under Pandemic Stressors, NYC Special Ed Teams Vow To 'Put The Children First'

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During a remote StoryCorps conversation, Erin Haggerty, left, told her father, George Barlow, how his words saw her through the tough times she faced as one of the only Black kids in her Iowa City community. Courtesy of Erin Haggerty hide caption

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'We Do Belong Here': Father Teaches Daughter To Have Black Pride

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Left to right: Albert Petrocelli Jr., Mark Petrocelli and Albert Petrocelli Sr., on Father's Day in 1989, at Mark's home in New York. Courtesy of the Petrocelli family hide caption

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A Father And A Son, Lost To 2 National Tragedies

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During a StoryCorps interview last week, Joe Bianco, left, and his son Peter, reflected on their craft — one that's been honed in their Brooklyn tool shop for three generations. Courtesy of Peter Bianco hide caption

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Keeping The 'Odd' Family Tool Business Sharp Through 3 Generations

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Shirley Darkeh with her son, Ayim Darkeh, at Shirley's 85th birthday celebration at a church on Long Island last year. Courtesy of Ayim Darkeh hide caption

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From The School Bus To The Hospital, A Doctor's Experiences With Racism

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Ricardo "Papu" Ovilla, left, and the family's first car. Ovilla is pictured with his children Martha (next to him) and Aurelia and Rodolfo Sandoval (left to right, inside the car) in a photo taken in 1949 at a labor camp in Escondido, Calif. Courtesy of Marina Jimenez hide caption

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Remembering Grandfather 'Papu,' A Former Bracero Worker With 'A Twinkle In His Eye'

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Mike Rudulph (left) and Neil Rafferty. Courtesy of Mike Rudulph hide caption

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Falling In Love During The Era Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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T. Chick McClure and their father, Chas McClure, in Los Angeles. In a StoryCorps conversation, they remembered a road trip they took to reconnect after being estranged for nearly 30 years. Courtesy of T. Chick McClure hide caption

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A Road Trip And Lost Time: How A Father And Son Reconnected After 30 Years

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The founders of the Quander family reunion, pictured in 1938, are (from left) Sadie Quander Harris, Tom Quander Susannah Quander and Georgie Quander. Courtesy of the Quander family hide caption

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For The 1st Time In Almost A Century, A Family Reunion Interrupted — By A Pandemic

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Antonia Casteñeda, left, spoke with her friend Tomás Ybarra-Frausto at their StoryCorps interview in San Antonio, Texas. Anaid Reyes for StoryCorps hide caption

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Remembering His Mexican American Heritage, Rooted In Language — And Under A Tree

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Last month, Nia Cosby, left, and her mother Chalana McFarland spent their first weekend together in 15 years at McFarland's home in Marietta, Ga., after she was released from a Florida prison. Michael Reese/Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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After 15 Years In Prison, A Mother Gets To Know Her Daughter Again

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Kenneth Felts and his daughter, Rebecca Mayes, spoke about Felts' first love during a remote StoryCorps conversation in Arvada, Colo. Courtesy of Kenneth Felts and Rebecca Mayes for StoryCorps hide caption

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Love Lost, Truth Found: In Pandemic Isolation, A Father Comes Out To His Daughter

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