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Sharing And Preserving The Stories Of Our Lives

Adam Roseman, 52, and Rick Rosenthal, 66, pose after their StoryCorps interview in Atlanta. Brenda Ford/StoryCorps hide caption

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He Is Jewish, But Being Santa Is His Calling

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Larry Dearmon (left) and Stephen Mills pose on their wedding day at Lake Tahoe in 2013. Courtesy of Larry Dearmon hide caption

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A Couple Reflects On A Loss From AIDS That Brought Them Together

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Roy Daley, 74, with his wife, Ana Smith-Daley, 71, (left) and his daughter, Lucy Figueroa, 41, at StoryCorps in Austin, Texas. Savannah Winchester/StoryCorps hide caption

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'An Opportunity To Be Thankful': Reflecting On A First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

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Kay Lee and John Nordeen, pictured in 1967 during the Vietnam War, met when they served in the same Army platoon. They lost touch after the war, but reconnected in 2015. Courtesy of John Nordeen hide caption

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'I Found The Treasure When I Found You': 2 Veterans Rekindle Bond Forged By War

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Israel Baryeshua, 38, and Tiffany Briseño, 35, at their StoryCorps interview in Denver. Camila Kerwin/StoryCorps hide caption

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'You Want The Best For This Country, I Respect That': 2 Strangers Find Common Ground

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Alan Stepakoff with his son, Josh, in Washington, D.C., for the Million Mom March rally in May 2000, the year after Josh was shot at his Jewish day camp. Courtesy of Josh Stepakoff hide caption

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He Was Shot In A Hate Crime. It Only Strengthened His Judaism

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Jennifer Sumner and her son, Kaysen Ford, embrace at their StoryCorps interview in 2015 in Birmingham, Ala. Christina Stanton/ StoryCorps hide caption

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Transgender Boy Tells Mom 'It Shouldn't Be Scary To Be Who You Are'

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Irakere Picon, 29, and Arianna Hermosillo, 30, on their wedding day earlier this year in Oak Park Conservatory in Chicago. Courtesy of Arianna Hermosillo and Irakere Picon hide caption

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When Immigration Status Puts Couple's Life 'At Pause'

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Melvin Pender receives the hand-off in the 4 x 100 meter relay during the 1968 Olympics, for which he won a gold medal. Courtesy Melvin and Debbie Pender hide caption

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Of Protest And Patriotism: A 1968 Gold Medalist Remembers The Games

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Jamie Topping embraces Duane Topping during their StoryCorps interview in May, at their Denver-based studio. Mia Warren/StoryCorps hide caption

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A Veteran Finds Relief Through Fashion: 'It Was So Much About Finding My Peace'

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Abraham Guzman (left) puts John Torres Jr. in a friendly chokehold at the StoryCorps booth in New York City. Liyna Anwar/StoryCorps hide caption

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'He Was My Hero': Son Remembers His Wrestler Father

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Amina Amdeen and Joseph Weidknecht encourage others to have conversations with people who may not share their political views. Catalin Abagiu/StoryCorps hide caption

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An Unlikely Pair Share A Moment That Goes Beyond Politics

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The plot of land on which the Walkers' home used to sit — and one of their cars — is seen after the 2017 Tubbs Fire. Courtesy of Monique and Cody Walker hide caption

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After A Wildfire Destroys Their Home, Family Struggles To Find 'A New Normal'

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Rana Sodhi (L) and Harjit Sodhi hold a photograph of their late brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was shot and killed at 52. Since his death, the brothers have been involved in educating others about Sikhism and the discrimination their community faces in the U.S. Mia Warren/StoryCorps hide caption

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'People Saw Only A Turban And A Beard': Reflecting On A Post-Sept. 11 Death

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Joe Dittmar holds remnants of the World Trade Center — a section from one of the core beams of the South Tower, right, and a bolt from a steel beam. Jud Esty-Kendall/StoryCorps hide caption

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'They Thought I Was Dead': A Sept. 11 Survivor Recalls His Escape

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Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves at StoryCorps in 2010. StoryCorps hide caption

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Encore: Longtime Partners Find Treasure Among Trash

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Linda Kwong's (right) suicide attempt in 2012 took a toll on her relationship with her daughter, Emily. Linda and Emily talk for the first time about what happened that day in a conversation at StoryCorps in 2013. Anita Rao/StoryCorps hide caption

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'I Never Faked My Love For You': A Mother Opens Up After Her Suicide Attempt

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After Families Disown Them, 2 Transgender Vets Share A Bond

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Heather Heyer was killed while protesting against white nationalists at last summer's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. Her supervisor, Alfred Wilson, and Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, talk about losing Heyer, during a StoryCorps interview. Grace Pauley/StoryCorps hide caption

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Loved Ones Of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer Cope With Their Loss Together

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Percy White Jr. holds his son Percy White III, circa 1963. Courtesy of Percy Ell White III hide caption

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'Him Doing Well Was Through His Children': Sharecropper's Son Makes Dad Proud

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Allan Ganz, then 19, poses in front of his dad's ice cream truck. Courtesy of Allan Ganz hide caption

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The 'Babe Ruth' Of Ice Cream Gives The Scoop On His 71-Year Career

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Brandy and De'Marchoe Carpenter got married two years ago — 13 days after he was released from prison. They started dating in 1994, but before they had their first kiss, he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Kevin Oliver/StoryCorps hide caption

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He Was Wrongly Convicted When They Were Teens. Now They're Building Their Lives Together

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