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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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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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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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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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Akiva Johnson and Henry Jimenez, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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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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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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Robert Romo and his uncle, Barry Romo. Courtesy of Beverly Mendoza (left) and Barry Romo (right) hide caption

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

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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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