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Sharing And Preserving The Stories Of Our Lives

Mary Stepp Burnette Hayden, pictured around 1942, with her granddaughter, Mary Othella Burnette, and two of Hayden's great-grandchildren. Mary O. Burnette hide caption

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A granddaughter passes on the legacy of 'Granny Hayden,' a midwife born into slavery

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Sophia Lansky, Neil Kramer and Kramer's mother, Elaine, watch the news in March 2020, from their two-bedroom apartment in Queens. Neil Kramer hide caption

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Three's company: A man sticks out the pandemic with his ex-wife and his mother

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Jordan Humpreys seen riding his horse Winter at the Urban Saddles stables, in South Gate, Los Angeles. Ghuan Featherstone hide caption

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Bucking stereotypes, a Black cowboy leads the way in South Central LA

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Philip and Ruth Lazowski, both Holocaust survivors, married over a decade after Ruth's mother saved him from a massacre, Philip said. The Lazowski family. hide caption

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A family helped a Holocaust survivor escape death. Then they became his real family

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Left to right: Angel Gonzalez and Luis Paulino are seen at Paulino's 2011 high school graduation in New York. Courtesy of Angel Gonzalez hide caption

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School bullies told him to speak English. His mentee showed him he already belonged

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Jesus and Suzanne Valle thought they would become empty nesters indulging in their love of travel, but, she says, "I don't know if we would be as happy without all these kids." Jacqueline Van Meter for StoryCorps hide caption

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They didn't plan to be a family of 17. Then, the opioid crisis hit their community

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The ACT UP Action Tours activists protested at the Macy's 34th St Store in New York City on Nov. 29, 1991. Meryl Levin hide caption

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The day Santas stormed Macy's to protest for AIDS awareness

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Carolyn DeFord is pictured with her daughter and mother, Leona Kinsey, in La Grande, Ore., in their last photograph together before Kinsey disappeared in October 1999. Carolyn DeFord hide caption

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Her mother went missing 22 years ago. Now she finds comfort in the past and future

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Bobby Huber and his sister, Fritzi Huber at a StoryCorps interview in Wilmington, N.C., in September. Ben DeHaven hide caption

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For their first Halloween, their parents dressed up as the whole neighborhood

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Grete Bergman, left, and Sarah Whalen-Lunn at their StoryCorps recording in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2018. Camila Kerwin/StoryCorps hide caption

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With 3 bold marks, Indigenous women helped revive a once-banned tradition

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Chief Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation's first woman chief, revitalized her tribe's culture as she implemented a host of influential progressive policies. But first she had to overcome sexism, say her descendants. Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Before revitalizing Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller had to prove her critics wrong

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Cmdr. Jeanine Menze, stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point in Oahu, Hawaii, in 2006. Jennifer Johnson/U.S. Coast Guard hide caption

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How the Coast Guard's 1st Black woman pilot helped give the next one her wings

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Anderson and Karen Lawson at their StoryCorps recording in Atlanta in 2015. Diana Guyton hide caption

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Diana Guyton

Their Dad Transformed Video Games In The 1970s — And Passed On His Pioneering Spirit

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People pause at the September 11th Memorial on September 8, 2021 in New York City. Getty Images hide caption

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StoryCorps Presents: The Lasting Toll Of 9/11

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Cpl. Ajmal Achekzai, 26, who served as a translator for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, talks with two Afghan locals in December 2001 at the perimeter of a patrol base in southern Afghanistan. Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly/USMC/Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan Marine Fought To Make His Homeland Safer. Now He Feels Like He Failed

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Nathan Chapman in Haiti, 1995. The Chapman family hide caption

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A Family Remembers The 1st U.S. Soldier Killed In The War In Afghanistan

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Annie Perasa and her husband, Danny, are StoryCorps legends, first recounting their love for one another in 2004. Annie and Danny Perasa hide caption

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'I'm Walking Out With You Alone': A StoryCorps Love Story

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Harry Golomski with Libby Stroik (left) and one of her siblings in 1991. Libby Stroik hide caption

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Libby Stroik

Remembering A Grandfather Who Gave Her A Sense of Belonging

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Dr. Charles Drew, pictured in a lab at Howard University, was known as the father of blood banking for pioneering the way we store and transport blood today. Dr. Charlene Jarvis hide caption

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Remembering The Father Of Blood Banking, A Black Doctor Who Took A Stand

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Max García and his grandfather, Mario, in early July. Mario García hide caption

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A Cuban Refugee's Optimism Inspires His Grandson's Acting Career

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As An Army Chorus Member, He Didn't Carry A Weapon. His Job Was To Sing

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Greg Klatkiewicz and Gary "Zooks" Bezucha seen on one of their regular camping trips in 2019. Courtesy of Greg Klatkiewicz hide caption

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Their Nearly 50-Year Friendship Stays Strong Thanks To Simple Gestures

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