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Sharing And Preserving The Stories Of Our Lives

Octavius Humphries, 32, (left) Seth Smiley, 51, and Seth's mom, Carole Smiley, 81, visited StoryCorps in Atlanta. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Couple's Love Blooms At Christmas

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Far From Family, A High Schooler Finds Solace In Friendship

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The cookbook, featuring those handprints left in beet juice. Courtesy of Chloe Longfellow hide caption

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At The Root Of It All, A Little Girl's 'Grandmapal' Left Her Lifelong Love

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John Graziano was adopted in the early '80s. Long beset by illness as a child, in 1986 he was discovered to have contracted HIV from his biological mother. Courtesy of Tom Graziano hide caption

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For A Schoolboy With AIDS, A Principal Opened Doors — By Opening His Arms

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Claudia Anton, with her father, Roger Bessey, and sister, Diana Keough, at their home in 1978. After being diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, Bessey died in 1990. Courtesy of Diana Keough hide caption

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Caught Between Their Dying Parents, Daughters Find Comfort In A Lie

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Carol Miller, 68, and Marge Klindera, 79, are here to help — and have been for many years now. "People say, 'You mean you've given up Thanksgiving for all these years?' " Miller remarks. "And I never feel like I've ever given anything up." StoryCorps hide caption

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Hotline Wing: Answering The Call Of Distressed Thanksgivers Everywhere

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Kara Masteller sits with her grandfather, James Kennicott, in a car in the parking lot of an Applebee's in Waterloo, Iowa. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Backseat Biography: Life And Love, As Told From An Applebee's Parking Lot

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Teresa Valko and her mother, Evelyn Wilson, in 2011. Courtesy of Teresa Valko hide caption

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Conversations Turn Into Monologues As Alzheimer's Robs Family Of Memories

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The Death That Ended His War: 'I Felt That ... I Failed My Family'

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The body of Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich is buried at Congressional Cemetery on July 2, 1988. Matlovich, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam, became a gay rights figure during his five-year battle against the Air Force, which discharged him in 1975 for homosexuality. In 1980 Matlovich settled with the Air Force and received an honorable discharge. Ira Schwartz /AP hide caption

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'A Perfect Soldier': Remembering A Warrior In The Battle Against Homophobia

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The Fennell family, in a photograph taken in 1999, several years after their kidnapping — posing with the very car they were kidnapped in. Courtesy of Janette Fennell hide caption

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In A Tight Spot, Abducted Family Struggled For Freedom — And Hope

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Erik and Jenna, in the classroom. "My advice to you is be brave," Erik tells her. StoryCorps hide caption

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Iraq Vet Offers A Heartfelt Lesson For His Student: 'Real Men Cry'

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This Thanksgiving, Listen To (And Interview) Your Elders

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After A Breakdown, A Secret Breaks Free From A Family's Closet — And Heals

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The aircraft hijacked by George Giffe, in Jacksonville, Fla., shortly after the hijacking occurred on Oct. 4, 1971. Courtesy of Andy Downs hide caption

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In The Long Shadow Of A Hijacking, The Children Seek A New Peace

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