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StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. Founded in 2003 by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. StoryCorps has collected nearly 70,000 interviews from all 50 states. Each interview is recorded on a free CD for participants to take home and share with their loved ones and archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts each week on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.

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Homeless Teen Finds His Voice With StoryCorpsU and a Compassionate Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:00 PM

In 2013, Aaron, a freshman at Corliss High School on the South Side of Chicago, was living on the streets.

His English class was participating in StoryCorpsU, an education program that uses StoryCorps broadcasts and interview techniques to help students find their voice.

Teachers and students who take...

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A Mother's Secret Revealed

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 6:59 PM

"I have spent a lot of years just hiding from it."

In today's StoryCorps broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition, 40-year-old Julie Sanders sat down to discuss a part of her past she has never shared. At age 16, she belonged to a white supremacist group -- and one night in...

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A True Family Man

(27) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 1:10 PM

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Samuel Black wanted his son Akhu to know that his grandfather was "a true family man." That's why he agreed to do a StoryCorps interview with his wife Edda Fields-Black. StoryCorps, a national nonprofit oral history project, records the stories of everyday people and...

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The Love Story That Started With a Typo...

(23) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! To kick off the season of love, StoryCorps is releasing a brand-new animated short: "To R.P. Salazar, with Love." It's a love story that started with a simple typo!

In January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles...

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Join StoryCorps. Thank a Teacher on November 25!

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Is there a teacher who changed your life?

This Friday, November 25, marks StoryCorps' 4th annual National Day of Listening, and we are asking everyone to take a moment to thank the teacher who made all the difference.

It only takes a few minutes. You can write a dedication...

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"John and Joe"

(91) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 7:36 AM

John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service--John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.


StoryCorps' September 11 shorts, animated by the Rauch Brothers, feature stories collected through its September 11th Initiative. These works were created with the assistance and blessing of the families of the victims memorialized.

For the past five years, StoryCorps has worked to record one story to honor each life lost on September 11, 2011. To date, survivors, families, friends, and rescue workers have memorialized nearly 600 individual victims of the attacks through the StoryCorps interview process.
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"She Was the One"

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 10:22 AM

When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Here, Richie remembers Karen, his love and inspiration.

StoryCorps' September 11 shorts, animated by the Rauch Brothers, feature stories collected through its September 11th Initiative. These works were created with the assistance and blessing of the families of the victims memorialized....

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"Always a Family"

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 11:21 AM

On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael's lasting legacy--the family they built together.

StoryCorps' September 11 shorts, animated by the Rauch Brothers, feature stories collected through its September 11th Initiative. These works were created with the assistance and blessing of the families of the victims memorialized....

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'Miss Devine'

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 6:29 PM

Our newest animated short is a delightful story about the joy of sharing memories with family. Through the Rauch Brothers' unique animation and the art direction of Bill Wray ("Mad," "Ren & Stimpy"), "Miss Devine" transports you to a small African-American community in Florida during the 1950s.

Cousins James...

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A Story of Forgiveness and Redemption

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 2:49 PM

Most StoryCorps interviews are intimate conversations between family and friends. Recently, though, we had a chance to record two people who could have easily remained enemies. It is an extraordinary story of forgiveness and redemption.

As a teenager, Oshea Israel shot and killed Laramiun Byrd, Mary Johnson's only child. Israel...

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