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Sharing And Preserving The Stories Of Our Lives

Before Guy Bryant (right) took Romario Vassell (left) into foster care, Vassell had been living in a homeless shelter. Jey Born for StoryCorps hide caption

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He Traded Single Life To Be Foster 'Pop' To More Than 50 Kids

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The Feldsteins in 1983 (from left to right): Michael, Bernie, Barbara and Vickie. Courtesy of the Feldstein family hide caption

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'A Great Burden Was Lifted': A Father's Made-Up Day Of Forgiveness

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Before He Animated For Disney, He Sketched Cartoons In An Internment Camp

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Olly Neal with his daughter, Karama, at their StoryCorps interview in Little Rock, Ark., in 2009. Yasmin Peña for StoryCorps hide caption

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Encore: How A Librarian Changed A Future Judge's Life

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At StoryCorps in Baltimore last month, retired Col. Denise Baken (center) told her children, Christian Yingling and Richard Yingling, about the discrimination she faced as a black woman in the Army. Emilyn Sosa for StoryCorps hide caption

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For A Black Woman In The Military, Harassment Was Its Own Battle

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Maria Rivas holds photographs of her mother, Julia Medina, who died in 2012. Maria cared for Julia for six years at the end of her life. Courtesy of Caroline Dezan for StoryCorps hide caption

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A Daily Mother-Daughter Moment Documented Forever

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Ian Bennett and his mom, Connie Mehmel, at StoryCorps in 2009. Chaela Herridge-Meyer/StoryCorps hide caption

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She Was His Crew Boss — And His Mom — On The Fire Line

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Donnie Pedrola, 48, (left) and Tom Gasko, 57, at their Rolla, Mo., vacuum repair shop and museum, in June. "Most people aren't that passionate about something," Pedrola says of Gasko's lifelong and prolific love for vacuum cleaners. Dupe Oyebolu/StoryCorps hide caption

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'You Get Swept Up': A Story Of Love, Passion — And Vacuum Cleaners

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Kristin Sollars (left) and Marci Ebberts say nursing is more than just a job. "Sometimes I wonder why everyone in the world doesn't want to be a nurse," Sollars says. Emilyn Sosa for StoryCorps hide caption

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For 2 Nurses, Working In The ICU Is 'A Gift Of A Job'

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During a service at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Postville, Iowa, last year, Consuelo Lopez (center, right) and her son Pedro carry a book containing the names of those arrested and detained during a 2008 Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on a local meat processing plant. Consuelo Lopez, who cut meat at the plant, was among those detained and deported. Jim Slosiarek/The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette hide caption

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When His Mom Was Deported In 2008, A Certainty Shattered: 'Where Is Home?'

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Siblings Christine Cuddy (left) and Flip Cuddy hold a photo of their mother, Susan Ahn Cuddy, the first Asian American woman in the Navy, at their StoryCorps interview in Northridge, Calif., last July. Naomi Blech/StoryCorps hide caption

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Their 'Tough' Mom Was Also The Navy's 1st Asian American Woman Officer

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During their StoryCorps interview in April, Elizabeth Coffey-Williams (left) told her niece, Jennifer Coffey (right), about how her loving family did not understand what being transgender meant. "My parents were afraid, well, you know, this might be contagious," she said. Jud Esty-Kendall hide caption

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Coming Out As Transgender When There Was No Language To Describe It

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Elizabeth Vega and Jamell Spann became friends after Vega comforted an emotional Spann while they were protesting in Ferguson, Mo., as strangers in 2014. Dupe Oyebolu for StoryCorps hide caption

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'What You Did Changed Me': Ferguson Protesters Found Friendship Amid Unrest

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Craig and Amanda Farrell in September 2017. Courtesy of the Farrell family hide caption

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As She Fought Mental Illness, She Found Love Along The Way

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Walter Dixon and his son Russ Dixon at their StoryCorps interview in Waynesville, Mo. Modupeola Oyebolu/StoryCorps hide caption

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Declared Dead At War, He Returned Alive To Find His World Had Moved On Without Him

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