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Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Noah Creshevsky was an egalitarian who believed in humility in death. Courtesy of David Sachs hide caption

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It's not a place many people choose to be buried — but it was perfect for him

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Hurlburt and Neil in the early 1990s. Courtesy of Susan Hurlburt hide caption

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Everyone in the park knew him. It was only after he died that his story came to light

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This photo of the group known as the Leesburg Stockade Stolen Girls was taken by Danny Lyons, a former SNCC photographer. It helped confirm the girls' location to their parents and civil rights activists. Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos hide caption

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They marched for desegregation — then they disappeared for 45 days

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A screenshot from Casablanca showing Humphrey Bogart and Helmut Dantine. Warner Bros. hide caption

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The real-life refugees of 'Casablanca' make it so much more than a love story

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Ed Dwight in January 1962. AP hide caption

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Ed Dwight was in line to be the first Black astronaut. History had other ideas

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Rahima Banu, pictured with her mother in Bangladesh in 1975, is recorded as having the last known naturally-occurring case of the deadly form of smallpox. Daniel Tarantola/WHO hide caption

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How Rahima came to hold a special place in smallpox history — and help ensure its end

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Vita Linnik (left) and Sofia Bretl smile and pose in a photo booth during happier times. Sofia Bretl hide caption

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Sofia Bretl

When deciding to flee Ukraine means leaving a family member behind

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Martha Lillard needed a large respirator called an iron lung to recover from polio, which she caught in 1953. She still uses a form of the device at nights. Courtesy of Martha Lillard hide caption

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Decades after polio, Martha is among the last to still rely on an iron lung to breathe

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Fred Harris, pictured in 2016, is the last surviving member of the Kerner commission. Their report openly discussed racism in the U.S. in a way that sent shockwaves through the country. Morgan Lee/AP hide caption

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The Kerner Commission's Last Living Member Says We Still Need To Talk About Racism

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Harry Pace started the first major Black-owned record label in the U.S., but his achievements went mostly unnoticed until recently, when his descendants uncovered his secret history." Courtesy of Peter Pace hide caption

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Radio Diaries: Harry Pace And The Rise And Fall Of Black Swan Records

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Thembi Ngubane was willing to speak out at a time when few South Africans were willing to say, "I have AIDS." She carried a tape recorder from 2004 to 2005 to document her life. She died in 2009. Sue Jaye Johnson hide caption

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Radio Diaries: 25 Years Of Telling Complex Stories Through Everyday Moments

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On March 1, 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists from New York carried out a shooting attack on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. Front row, from left to right: Irving Flores Rodriguez, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Lolita Lebron and Andres Figueroa Cordero, stand in a police lineup following their arrests. AP hide caption

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Listen: Eyewitnesses Recount The 1954 Shooting Attack On The U.S. Capitol

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Deloris Melton Gresham in her home in Drew, Miss., holding photographs of her parents Clinton and Beulah Melton. Courtesy of Radio Diaries hide caption

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Clinton Melton: A Man Who Was Killed In Mississippi Just 3 Months After Emmett Till

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Fourth-generation funeral home director Patrick Kearns (left) and his business partner and brother-in-law Paul Kearns-Stanley stand in front of their funeral home in North Richmond Hill, Queens. Fiona Kearns hide caption

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New York Funeral Director: Pandemic Has Been A Wave That 'Knocks You Over'

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Paul and Francesca Montanaro at Katonah Pizza & Pasta in the Bronx borough of New York City. Paul and Francesca Montanaro hide caption

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When Your Dad Owns A Pizzeria, The Pandemic Means Learning To Make The Perfect Pie

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"What makes this pandemic so scary is all the unknown factors," writes 40-year-old Mohammed Monsuri. Lisa R. Cohen hide caption

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Lockdown In Lockup: A Prisoner At Sing Sing On Life During The COVID-19 Crisis

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Lavon (here before the pandemic) considers herself fortunate compared with other people without housing. Laura Jones hide caption

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For Portland, Ore., Woman, Home These Days Is Where She Parks Her Minivan

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'Soul Sister': A Look Back At The Fraught Attempt At Empathy

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Joshua Boliver and Gali Beeri decided to quarantine together in New York City — after one date. Gali Beeri hide caption

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Gali Beeri

Love At First Quarantine: After A Single Date, Couple Hunkers Down Together

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Wendy and Robert Jackson have been married for 15 years and now are social distancing at home. Brian Hong hide caption

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He's Immunocompromised. She's An ER Doctor. They Are Living Together, Apart

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