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

Eva Vega-Olds on her wedding day in May 2009 with her father, Leonardo Vega. As he walked her down the aisle, he cracked a joke in their family's characteristic sarcasm, telling her: "It's my day. I finally get rid of you." Courtesy of Eva Vega-Olds hide caption

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Just Days Before Her Father Died, She Told Him What He Meant To Her

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Tanya James (center), with her daughters Trista James (left) and Michelle Paugh on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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'If You Don't Fight For Yourself, Ain't Nobody Else Gonna Do It For You'

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Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers, reprising their 1969 foot bath more than two decades later, during their final scene together in 1993. (c) The Fred Rogers Company hide caption

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Walking The Beat In Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Where A New Day Began Together

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In 1975 Small-Town Arkansas, Gay Couple Stayed In The Closet

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Denise Clancy and Capt. Margie Finlay. Joe Buglewicz/Storycorps hide caption

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'I'm A Female And I'm A Veteran ... Those 2 Things Are Not Mutually Exclusive'

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Willie Harris and Alex Brown, photographed in Stockton, Calif. Luisa Conlon for StoryCorps hide caption

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For 2 Black Stuntmen Breaking Into Hollywood, 'You Were Subject To Get Hurt'

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Susan Kaphammer and her son, Joshua Myers, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Mom, A Son With Down Syndrome — And The Love That Made A 'Curse' A Gift

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Christine Ristaino, with her son, Benny Smith, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Even Seizures Can't Slow This Sixth-Grader: 'Nothing Can Stop Me!'

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Sean Smith, 10, with his sister Erin, 8, at home on June 4, 1989,” the day before her death. Courtesy of Lee Smith hide caption

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Gone With A Gunshot, His Little Sister Remains 'Eternally 8'

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Andy Goodling, with his father, Scott, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Amid A Lost Love, A Son And Father Finally Speak The Secret Between Them

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Encore: In Wake Of War, Former Homeless Vet Found Hope In Treatment

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Tom Houck, standing in front of a mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Todd Burandt/Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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The Accidental Wheelman Of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Mary Reed and her daughter, Emma McMahon, at the Safeway where Mary was shot along with 18 others on Jan. 8, 2011. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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Out Of Tucson Carnage, A Family Emerges Unbroken — And 'Grown Up'

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Nick Hodges and Charlotte Wheelock, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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When The Closest Thing To Home Was A Hospital Bed

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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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