StoryCorps: Recording The Lives And Stories Of Everyday AmericansStoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories.
"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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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