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.

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, left, and Walter Naegle, right, became partners in the 1970s and were together until Rustin's death. Decades before gay marriage was an option, Rustin adopted Naegle to lend legal protection to their relationship. StoryCorps hide caption

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Long Before Same-Sex Marriage, 'Adopted Son' Could Mean 'Life Partner'

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Gwen Moten remembers her childhood friend, Denise McNair, who died with three other girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. StoryCorps hide caption

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Charleston Stirs Memories Of Young Birmingham Bombing Victim

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Mario Loiseau and his daughter Mabou during a recent visit to StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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'I'm So Proud To Have You As A Daughter'

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Sean Fitzpatrick (right) with John Gately, at StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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This Teen Wanted To Die, But An Officer Told Him 'Don't Give Up'

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Patrick Kreifels and Michelle Kreifels grew up on a farm in Omaha, Neb., with their five other siblings. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Brother, A Sister, And Two Lifetimes Of Acceptance

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Len Berk slicing salmon at Zabar's food emporium in New York City. Cosima Amelang/StoryCorps hide caption

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A Life Spent 'Working Toward The Perfect Slice'

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Santiago Arredondo with his wife, Aimee, at StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Grandpa The Gardener Helped Nurture His Seedling Grandson

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Leslie Hurd, a casualty assistance calls officer with the U.S. Navy, says her job of delivering news of loved ones' deaths "is not just a duty." StoryCorps hide caption

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Delivering Tragic News — And Becoming 'Part Of The Family'

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Sgt. Maj. Lisa Torello and Tony Cistaro, during a visit to StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

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Nicholas Heyward Jr. the year before he was killed. "I would give my life today if I could, you know, just have him back," his dad said during a recent visit to StoryCorps. Courtesy of Nicholas Heyward Sr. hide caption

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Dad Aches For Son Killed By Policeman 20 Years Ago

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'I'm Old Enough To Do What I Like,' 87-Year-Old Tells Family

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Brent Hendricks visited StoryCorps in Atlanta with his mother, Barbara. StoryCorps hide caption

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For Man With Cystic Fibrosis, 'Death Is Like A Deadline'

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Pastor David Ned, 64, shared this and another experience with StoryCorps, last fall. StoryCorps hide caption

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The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

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Scott Skiles, 61, and his son Zach Skiles, 32, had never sat down to talk about Zach's life after his deployment to Iraq --until their recent StoryCorps interview. StoryCorps hide caption

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Formerly Homeless Vet And His Dad Remember His Darkest Moments

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Phuong Nguyen, 55, and her son, Chris, who survived the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. StoryCorps hide caption

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Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors

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