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Sharing And Preserving The Stories Of Our Lives

At StoryCorps in June 2015, Alexei Romanoff remembers an inspirational figure who helped him feel proud to be a gay man. Jill Glaser/StoryCorps hide caption

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'I Will Never Lie About Being Gay Again': LGBT Activist Remembers Source Of Pride

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Dr. William "Lynn" Weaver during a 2017 visit to StoryCorps in Fayetteville, N.C. StoryCorps hide caption

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StoryCorps: Remembering Dr. William 'Lynn' Weaver

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Sarah Seltzer interviews her grandfather, 104-year-old Gilbert Seltzer, in West Orange, N.J., in January for StoryCorps. Afi Yellow-Duke/StoryCorps hide caption

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He Led A Platoon Of Artists Who Fooled The Germans: 'Imagination Is Unbelievable'

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In October 1983, rescuers probe the wreckage of the U.S. Marine command building near the Beirut airport, a day after a terrorist attack killed 241 U.S. service members. Zouki/AP hide caption

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Survivor Of Deadly 1983 Beirut Bombing: 'We Don't Talk About It Much'

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At StoryCorps in Palm Springs, Calif., David Wilson (left) and his husband Robert Compton talk about how, as a same-sex couple, their treatment by others has changed since they were legally married in 2004. Jud Esty-Kendall/StoryCorps hide caption

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'That Day Wasn't About Us': One Of The 1st Same-Sex Married Couples Looks Back

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Sada Jackson with her mother, Ileana Watson, in October 2014, when Ileana and her three children participated in a family Breast Cancer Walk together. Courtesy of Sada Jackson hide caption

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'I Only Knew Her As Mom': A Daughter Learns More From Her Late Mother's Best Friend

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Pauline and Judel Schuster on their wedding day in Stalingrad in April 1945. Judel died in 1997; Pauline died in 2011. Courtesy of Esther and Abe Schuster hide caption

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'We Were Lucky': Kids Of Holocaust Survivors Learned Their Parents' Life Philosophy

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Lisa Bouler Daniels grew up knowing she was adopted. She didn't know her birth mother, but she met Benjamin Chambers, her half brother, in January 2018. Rocio Santos/StoryCorps. hide caption

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'Part Of My DNA': An Adopted Woman Learns Of Her Birth Mother's Resilience

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At StoryCorps in Littleton, Colo., last month, siblings Lauren Cartaya and Zach Cartaya said they continue to cope with the trauma of the 1999 Columbine shooting. Kevin Oliver/StoryCorps hide caption

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20 Years Later, Sibling Columbine Survivors Reflect

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Keith Miller and Ellen Hughes both have sons with autism. At StoryCorps in February, Ellen tells Keith how grateful she is that he unexpectedly comforted her son during an emergency room visit last year. Rocio Santos/StoryCorps hide caption

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A Mother Of A Son With Autism Thanks A Stranger Who Helped: 'Nobody Does What You Do'

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Dee Westenhauser came out as a transgender woman last year. At StoryCorps in February, she remembers her "Aunt Yaya," the first person to accept her for who she was: a girl. Nicolas Cadena /StoryCorps hide caption

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Her Aunt Let Her Be Herself. As A Transgender Woman, She Still Had To 'Play The Game'

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Carolyn DeFord poses with the missing persons poster for her mother, Leona Kinsey, who went missing in October 1999. Dupe Oyebolu/StoryCorps hide caption

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'It Surfaces With The Same Rawness': A Daughter Remembers Her Mother's Disappearance

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A family photo of Bettye, Miriam and Edwin Pratt together in 1966. Courtesy of Jean Soliz hide caption

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Her Dad Was A Slain Civil Rights Leader. She Remembers His Assassination

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Shotzy Harrison in 2013 with her father, James Flavy Coy Brown, at StoryCorps in Winston-Salem, N.C. Not long after, Brown, then 49, left his daughter's home and she hasn't seen him since. Anita Rao/StoryCorps hide caption

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A Father-Daughter Relationship Strained By 'Mental Illness And Time'

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Lori Daigle, 55, and Liz Barnez, 54, at StoryCorps in Fort Collins, Colo. Jacqueline Van Meter/StoryCorps hide caption

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'Everything Just Came Flooding Back': Sparks Of Teen Romance Rekindled 28 Years Later

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Mickey Willenbring tends to one of her Navajo-Churro sheep at Dot Ranch in Scio, Ore. Tim Herrera hide caption

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After Combat, A Veteran Finds Solace In Sheep Farming

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Encore: How Living In A Library Gave One Man 'The Thirst Of Learning'

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Sharon and Larry Adams, pictured in January 2016 in the Milwaukee home where their nonprofit, Walnut Way, is based. Adam Carr hide caption

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How One Couple's Love Story Sparked Change In Their Community, Block By Block

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Maya Altman and her mother, Robyn Altman, visit StoryCorps in Parkland, Fla., to reflect on the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Madison Mullen/StoryCorps hide caption

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A Year After Parkland, A Mother And Daughter Remember

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Rodger McDaniel remembers his late father at his StoryCorps interview in Laramie, Wyo. Rachel Falcone /StoryCorps hide caption

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How A Long-Lost Guitar Was A Lesson In Grace And Forgiveness

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Jack ReVelle and his daughter, Karen, at StoryCorps in Santa Ana, Calif., last month. ReVelle recovered two hydrogen bombs that had accidentally dropped from a U.S. military aircraft in 1961. Many details about what happened were not released until they were declassified in 2013. Kevin Oliver/StoryCorps hide caption

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8 Days, 2 H-Bombs, And 1 Team That Stopped A Catastrophe

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In August 1963, African-American girls were held in a Georgia stockade after being arrested for demonstrating segregation. Left to right: Melinda Jones Williams (13), Laura Ruff Saunders (13), Mattie Crittenden Reese, Pearl Brown, Carol Barner Seay (12), Annie Ragin Laster (14), Willie Smith Davis (15), Shirley Green (14), and Billie Jo Thornton Allen (13). Sitting on the floor: Verna Hollis (15). Danny Lyon hide caption

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'I Gave Up Hope': As Girls, They Were Jailed In Squalor For Protesting Segregation

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