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StoryCorps 516: Married to the Mortician

15:37 | Oct 27th, 2017

For Halloween, we hear from people for whom the stuff of other people's nightmares is just everyday business.

StoryCorps 515: Keepers of the Temple

16:01 | Oct 17th, 2017

Stories of people who grew up hidden in plain sight in one of the busiest cities in the world, New York. Hear about childhoods spent at the Statue of Liberty and even living inside a public library.

StoryCorps 439: Space Men

21:59 | Aug 15th, 2017

With the total solar eclipse coming up, an encore presentation of this episode about people who have their eyes on the stars, from a street-corner astronomer to an astronaut.

Second Chances

11:34 | Jan 22nd

In our very last episode of the season, two stories about relationships that start off rocky and the reunions that lead to second chances.

Close Calls And Patron Saints

13:21 | Jan 15th

In this week's episode, two near-death experiences and what it means to reconnect with the people who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

The Leesburg Stockade Girls

12:28 | Jan 8th

In 1963, more than a dozen African American teenage girls were arrested for protesting segregation laws in Americus, Georgia. They spent one night in the county jail, but were quickly hauled outside the city, where they spent the next two months lock...Show More

Old Guitars and Purple Hearts

11:05 | Jan 1st

In this week's episode, two stories of people reuniting with family treasures and the way that objects can live on long after a person is gone.

Santa Rick

11:30 | Dec 25th, 2018

'Tis the season of reunions on the StoryCorps podcast, but we're bringing you something a little different for the holidays. In this week's episode, how one man's Jewish faith actually helped him find his spiritual calling... as Santa Claus.

Stubborn Love

12:44 | Dec 18th, 2018

In this week's episode, a complicated reunion between a father and daughter, and a daughter's love—that exists alongside, and sometimes in spite of—her dad's mental illness.

A Son Always Remembers His Father

14:39 | Dec 11th, 2018

After World War II, there was a radio program that reconnected people live on the air. It was called Reunion. In this episode, we'll revisit their very first broadcast, when Holocaust survivor Siegbert Freiberg was reunited with his father.

High School Reunion: Part 2

11:45 | Dec 4th, 2018

After Dr. William Lynn Weaver's stories about integrating his high school aired on NPR, someone from the school's present reunited Lynn with his past. In part two, Lynn goes back to his alma mater for the first time in 50 years.

High School Reunion: Part 1

10:56 | Nov 27th, 2018

Dr. William Lynn Weaver shares stories about integrating Knoxville, Tennessee's West High School in the mid-60s, and why he avoided the school for decades.

Barbara And Jeanne

09:19 | Nov 20th, 2018

Two estranged friends reunite in a shelter and find home in an unexpected place.

When The World Is Exploding Around You

10:20 | Nov 13th, 2018

On this Veterans Day episode, friendships forged on the battlefield and the road to reconnecting decades later.

I Always Meant To Tell You This

11:51 | Nov 6th, 2018

What it's like to spend years searching for who you are, only to find an unexpected answer from someone you didn't even know you were looking for.

Reuniting (And It Feels So StoryCorps)

01:47 | Oct 30th, 2018

The StoryCorps podcast returns with 12 all-new episodes about reunions—what drives us apart and brings us back together—at this moment in our nation's history.

StoryCorps 537: Never Say Goodbye

11:48 | Jun 29th, 2018

A special announcement from our podcast team about some exciting changes ahead. Plus, a StoryCorps classic: the love story of Danny and Annie Perasa.

StoryCorps 536: Little Kids, Big Problems

12:27 | Jun 22nd, 2018

In a grown-up world, kids often have no choice but to go along with the course charted by the adults around them. This means that kids are subject to grown-up problems, often in ways they can't understand until much later in their lives. This week, w...Show More

StoryCorps 535: Remorse

43:13 | Jun 15th, 2018

This week we bring you the second radio documentary from Chicago teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman, called Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse. In 1996, LeAlan and Lloyd investigated the death of Eric Morse, a 5-year-old boy dropped from a hi...Show More

StoryCorps 534: Ghetto Life 101

33:56 | Jun 8th, 2018

In 1993, teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman recorded a week of their lives on Chicago's South Side. Working with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, LeAlan and Lloyd produced a documentary they called Ghetto Life 101, one of the most acclaimed program...Show More

StoryCorps 533: The Senator, the Photographer, and the Busboy

13:39 | Jun 4th, 2018

In 1968, just moments after Robert F. Kennedy was shot, a young LA times photographer captured the scene in an iconic image that's haunted the nation for the last 50 years. Today, we remember RFK, and revisit the story of that famous photo.

StoryCorps 470: Send-Offs

14:35 | May 25th, 2018

This Memorial Day weekend, we take a moment to reflect on the idea behind the holiday, remembering some of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and died in combat.

StoryCorps 532: Lost Time

11:38 | May 18th, 2018

When you spend 12 years in prison, and almost half that time in solitary confinement, how to you rebuild your relationships once you're out? In this episode we meet a man who had to try to answer that question. See his artwork at http://fivemualimmak...Show More

StoryCorps 531: Legacies of Love

13:40 | May 11th, 2018

So much of parenting is dealing with the unexpected and having to figure things out as you go. In this Mother's Day episode, we hear from moms whose decisions left a lifelong impression on their kids.

StoryCorps 530: Too Blue for the Morning News

13:21 | May 4th, 2018

Every Friday morning, StoryCorps shares voices from its archives with public radio listeners around the country. But there are some stories that... well... just don't work on the radio. And that's why we have podcasts.

StoryCorps 529: Where the Giant Mushrooms Grow

16:53 | Apr 27th, 2018

With nuclear weapons back in the headlines, fears of a new Atomic Age are creeping in again. This week, three stories about The Bomb, from people who experienced it first-hand.

StoryCorps 477: Looking Out

12:27 | Apr 20th, 2018

This week, we hear three stories from people who did not have much themselves, but looked out for others who needed some extra help.

StoryCorps 528: Allie n Steve

18:23 | Apr 6th, 2018

What do you do when your parent changes in some pretty significant ways? This week StoryCorps and Invisibilia both look at that very question by telling different parts of the same story.

StoryCorps 527: Tubby Rules

17:40 | Mar 30th, 2018

StoryCorps kicks off baseball season with Kay "Tubby" Johnston Massar: the first girl to ever play Little League baseball in the 1950s. Plus, two girls playing Little League today react to Tubby's story.

StoryCorps EXTRA: The Drill

03:50 | Mar 23rd, 2018

10-year-old Dezmond Floyd talks with his mother, Tanai Benard, about the active shooter drills in his 5th grade classroom.

StoryCorps 526: A Parent's Job

14:48 | Mar 16th, 2018

A parent's profession has an undeniable impact on their kids — both good and bad. This week, three stories about the things we learn from our parents' work.

StoryCorps 457: Eternally Eight

13:02 | Mar 9th, 2018

On June 5, 1989, Sean Smith fatally shot his younger sister, Erin, while playing with his father's gun. Now in his 30s, Sean speaks with with his mother, Lee, about this devastating accident.

StoryCorps 525: The Good, Right, Honest Thing

14:26 | Mar 2nd, 2018

It takes courage to speak up — especially when there's the risk that no one will believe you. In this episode, three women who had to face that risk, and came forward despite the potential consequences.

StoryCorps 524: Beautiful and Terrible

17:10 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Scott Skiles' son, Zach, was among the first wave of U.S. forces to invade Iraq 15 years ago. In this episode, we speak with Scott about parenting during wartime - what do you do when your kid survives one ordeal, only to come home to another?

StoryCorps 462: In the Neighborhood

14:56 | Feb 16th, 2018

50 years ago, in 1968, François Clemmons was cast as Officer Clemmons on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." He came to StoryCorps to discuss how he got the role, and his relationship with Fred Rogers.

StoryCorps 523: Years in the Making

15:01 | Feb 9th, 2018

Not all love stories start with a lightning strike. For Valentine's Day, stories of relationships that took years to blossom and have stood the test of time.

StoryCorps 522: Honestly Now

14:06 | Jan 24th, 2018

There's something about a StoryCorps booth that lets people be more candid than they usually are — and this is especially true of parents and their kids. In this episode, some of the most honest interviews we've ever recorded.

StoryCorps EXTRA: My Own Private Sit-In

07:51 | Jan 12th, 2018

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, we hear from an unheralded civil rights activist known for his audacity, Dion Diamond. Also, voicemails from you, our listeners.

StoryCorps 521: Rickey and Eddie

13:21 | Jan 10th, 2018

An unsolved murder, a child who wanted to do the right thing, and a lie that would put an innocent man in prison for nearly 40 years — in this episode, that wrongfully imprisoned man speaks with the person whose lie put him in prison.

StoryCorps 453: Do-Over

16:06 | Jan 3rd, 2018

To kick off the New Year, stories of people who have started over, turned the page, and wiped the slate clean. They did this sometimes to follow a dream, other times to escape bad ones.

StoryCorps 520: The Gods of Times Square

24:32 | Dec 26th, 2017

For New Year's, a 1994 documentary by photographer Richard Sandler and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay about street preachers in Times Square. See Sandler's work at instagram.com/ohstop1946/ and facebook.com/richardsandlerphoto. More at StoryCorps.org.

StoryCorps 519: In the Spirit

16:12 | Dec 19th, 2017

Stories about the holidays bringing out the best in people. More at StoryCorps.org

StoryCorps EXTRA: Remembering Sandy Hook

04:28 | Dec 14th, 2017

Avielle Richman was one of the children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She was six years old. Her parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, recorded this remembrance for StoryCorps.

StoryCorps 518: The Conversation

19:20 | Dec 12th, 2017

A father speaks with the school shooter who killed his son.

StoryCorps 449: Lessons in Love

12:53 | Dec 1st, 2017

In this podcast, we look back on the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when little was known about the disease including just how far-reaching and destructive it would become.

StoryCorps 517: Fighting It Every Day

17:25 | Nov 27th, 2017

The current opioid epidemic has been called the deadliest drug crisis in American history. In this episode, we listen to people who come from some of the hardest hit areas of the country.

StoryCorps 446: Too Much Hurt

13:34 | Nov 9th, 2017

Stories from people who served in Vietnam about what they saw there, and the battles they fought when they got home.

StoryCorps EXTRA: One Small Step

11:44 | Nov 6th, 2017

Announcing a new project from StoryCorps — One Small Step is an effort to get people who disagree about politics to get to know each other through a StoryCorps interview.

StoryCorps 468: Tough Guys

14:29 | Oct 12th, 2017

In this episode, stories from people who, at first blush, you might judge to be rough and tough. But we learn that appearances are often deceiving.

StoryCorps 514: His First and Greatest Teacher

14:04 | Oct 5th, 2017

Being a parent is the hardest job in the world. As a young man, Thompson Williams knew this and decided he never wanted to be a parent. He ended up with two kids, though, and didn't have to look far to find a mentor — his father.

StoryCorps 513: American Talkers, Part 3

22:21 | Sep 26th, 2017

StoryCorps archives interviews at the Library of Congress, an idea that originated while Dave Isay was producing his American Talkers stories. In this final episode of our series — voices from the past, including a fish crier, Woody Guthrie, and even...Show More

StoryCorps 512: American Talkers, Part 2

25:30 | Sep 19th, 2017

Part two in our series looking back at American Talkers, short documentaries by StoryCorps founder, Dave Isay. In this episode, stories from a town with an accent all its own — New York City.

StoryCorps 511: American Talkers, Part 1

22:38 | Sep 12th, 2017

The first in a three part series looking back at American Talkers — short documentaries by StoryCorps founder, Dave Isay. In this episode, obscure museums, Pullman porters, and hijinks at a Leonard Bernstein concert.

StoryCorps 440: On the Other Side of Death

14:58 | Sep 5th, 2017

StoryCorps and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum are recording one interview for each person lost on 9/11/2001. In this episode, you'll hear from family and friends remembering loved ones, including the first official victim of the attack...Show More

StoryCorps 510: Head First

18:11 | Aug 30th, 2017

As students head back to college this week, we pay tribute to undergrads who are the first in their family to go — and the people who provided the necessary kick in the pants to get them there.

StoryCorps 444: Your Biggest Fan

13:49 | Aug 22nd, 2017

A StoryCorps booth can be a great place to let someone know, "Hey, I'm your biggest fan." We'll hear from a doorman at the Plaza Hotel in New York, friends who were reunited after 40 years, and a pilgrimage to find a reclusive author.

StoryCorps 509: Heat

15:41 | Aug 9th, 2017

From heat waves to forest fires, this episode features stories about what happens when the mercury rises — and so do the stakes.

StoryCorps 423: Sissy

13:01 | Aug 1st, 2017

There's an electrical power plant technology instructor at Wyoming's Casper College who stands out on campus. His name is Sissy Goodwin and he dresses in women's clothing.

StoryCorps 508: No Barrier For The Love

16:25 | Jul 25th, 2017

Immigrants are one of the most talked about groups of people in the country. In this episode, we let them do the talking.

StoryCorps 507: Row 12, Seat 12

15:59 | Jul 18th, 2017

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Aurora Theatre shooting, Tom and Terry Sullivan, parents of victim Alex Sullivan, sat down at StoryCorps to remember him.

StoryCorps 506: Between June and September

20:53 | Jul 11th, 2017

Take a journey back to the summer of 1990 with this documentary about Coney Island, produced by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

StoryCorps 476: Wild at Heart

14:00 | Jul 5th, 2017

Hans Walters works at the New York Aquarium as a shark biologist, but in his former life, he was the lead singer of a mildly successful heavy metal band.

StoryCorps 505: Remembering Stonewall

37:15 | Jun 27th, 2017

To commemorate Pride month, we listen to StoryCorps founder Dave Isay's first radio documentary, Remembering Stonewall. That event marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in America.

StoryCorps 504: Love and Work

14:50 | Jun 21st, 2017

You can get a lot of things out of work. For some people, it's satisfaction; for others it's a headache. Then there are the people who go to work one day and find love.

StoryCorps 431: Sounds Like a Dad to Me

13:42 | Jun 13th, 2017

In this Father's Day episode, what it means to become a dad, what impressions fathers leave on their kids, and how being a dad can be about so much more than just biology.

StoryCorps 503: The Son You Wanted

19:06 | Jun 9th, 2017

In this episode, we listen to three interviews recorded over the course of a decade that trace the journey of a young man with Asperger's Syndrome from middle school through college and into the working world.

StoryCorps 462: In the Neighborhood

14:01 | Jun 1st, 2017

In 1968, François Clemmons was cast as Officer Clemmons on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." He came to StoryCorps to discuss how he got the role, and his relationship with Fred Rogers.

StoryCorps 502: One Iota of Light

18:10 | May 23rd, 2017

In this episode, stories about life after incarceration. We'll hear from people who have served their sentences, but can still feel like they're doing time.

StoryCorps 501: Studs Terkel Day

11:49 | May 16th, 2017

May 16 is the birthday of the late oral historian Studs Terkel. At StoryCorps, it's also a holiday called Studs Terkel Day. In this episode we remember one of our heroes by listening to an interview he recorded in 2005.

StoryCorps 500: Tough Mother

15:10 | May 9th, 2017

Being a mom can be hard. It takes patience, resilience and a fair amount of grit. In this episode, we're paying tribute to some tough mothers, without shying away from how challenging it can be if you happen to be their kid.

StoryCorps 435: Major Bambi

10:11 | May 2nd, 2017

Retired Marine Corps Major Donnie Dunagan served 25 years, including two tours in Vietnam. But during his military career, there was one thing he didn't want his comrades to discover — as a child he had been the voice of Bambi in the Disney film.

StoryCorps 499: An Experiment

18:33 | Apr 21st, 2017

This month, we teamed up with public radio's Indivisible for an experiment: Can we talk across the lines our political affiliations draw between us? In this episode, what we've learned so far.

StoryCorps EXTRA: Dave's Mom

04:28 | Apr 14th, 2017

Remembering Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman's mother and regular guest on his late night talk show, who died on April 11, 2017 at the age of 95.

StoryCorps 466: Callings

22:33 | Apr 13th, 2017

This week, we listen to four stories from "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work" by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, where work is about much more than just making a living.

StoryCorps 465: At The Ballpark

16:07 | Apr 4th, 2017

Baseball season has officially begun. This week, we hear four stories from inside and outside the ballpark from people who have baseball in their blood.

StoryCorps 498: My Grandparent, My Superhero

16:35 | Mar 30th, 2017

As a kid, your grandparents can often seem larger-than-life, and only as adults do we realize what we really learned from them. In this episode, stories about grandmothers, grandfathers and the gifts they've left their families.

StoryCorps 463: Journey's End

13:48 | Mar 21st, 2017

Three stories about people who fled their homes, and their subsequent journeys, that ask — are journeys like these ever truly finished?

StoryCorps EXTRA: Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

04:17 | Mar 15th, 2017

In this extra episode, we hear a July 2016 interview with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose recent essay, "You May Want To Marry My Husband," went viral just 10 days before she died.

StoryCorps 497: Meet Them Where They Are

14:07 | Mar 14th, 2017

For some kids, the saying "just be yourself" can be a scary proposition. In this episode, we meet a family in Arizona raising a 9-year-old transgender son.

StoryCorps 496: Witness To An Execution

25:12 | Mar 8th, 2017

In 2000, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and producer Stacy Abramson spoke with the men and women who witness multiple executions as part of their jobs at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. In this episode, we revisit their documentary, Witness to an ...Show More

StoryCorps 495: Griot

19:36 | Mar 1st, 2017

We take a look back at 10 years of our Griot Initiative, a collection of 10,000 interviews from African-American participants — including Wendell Scott, the first black NASCAR driver.

StoryCorps 461: The Survivors

14:40 | Feb 21st, 2017

Three stories about being a survivor — including a couple who caught the plague in 2002, and the only U.S. Marine to lose every member of his platoon since 9/11.

StoryCorps 494: Certain Kinds of Love

16:11 | Feb 14th, 2017

For this Valentine's Day episode, we collected some of our favorite "how we met" stories, as well as conversations about love that endures even when the stars seem aligned against it.

StoryCorps 493: Being Human, There or Here

15:36 | Feb 8th, 2017

We follow an Iraqi interpreter who worked with the U.S. Army in 2009 as he immigrates to Minnesota and tries to reunite his family.

StoryCorps 492: Old Friends

16:31 | Jan 31st, 2017

There are certain stories you hear on the radio and you just feel like you know that person, even after only a few minutes. In this episode, we check in with some old friends.

StoryCorps 477: Forget Me Not

16:04 | Jan 24th, 2017

StoryCorps' Memory Loss Initiative gives people with forms of memory loss the chance to record their stories. It also lets family members reflect on the impact the diagnosis has had on them.

StoryCorps 491: We Came Through

14:43 | Jan 17th, 2017

Two events from the Civil Rights era and how they still reverberate with the families involved today.

StoryCorps 450: Up to No Good

13:10 | Jan 6th, 2017

Four stories about getting into mischief as a kid, and how those antics can sometimes follow you into adulthood.

StoryCorps 490: Yiddish Radio Project, Part 2

33:31 | Dec 28th, 2016

This week, a few more documentaries from the Yiddish Radio Project, produced by Henry Sapoznik, Yair Reiner, and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

StoryCorps 489: Yiddish Radio Project, Part 1

39:00 | Dec 21st, 2016

This week, we bring you several documentaries from the Yiddish Radio Project, produced by Henry Sapoznik, Yair Reiner, and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

StoryCorps 451: Holiday Highlights

14:26 | Dec 16th, 2016

We dug into our archive and pulled out three of our favorite holiday stories for this episode.

StoryCorps 488: The Question of the Broken Glasses

16:38 | Dec 9th, 2016

Interviews collected during our second Great Thanksgiving Listen — and, a request for help from listeners in solving a mystery.

StoryCorps 487: In the Long Run

17:16 | Nov 29th, 2016

Stories from people who stuck it out, and whose patience and persistence paid off.

StoryCorps 452: The First Great Listen

21:43 | Nov 16th, 2016

In this podcast, we hear stories recorded last year by people who participated in the Great Thanksgiving Listen.

StoryCorps EXTRA: Call Me

09:05 | Nov 15th, 2016

In this special episode, we catch up with listener voicemails.

StoryCorps 486: The Other Side

16:24 | Nov 4th, 2016

Political beliefs have caused tension between Peter Stanley and his daughter, Jenn. They came to StoryCorps to put their differences aside, and listen to each other's points of view.

StoryCorps 485: Fair Play

16:26 | Oct 25th, 2016

Stories about people who commit to doing things by the book, even if it doesn't always pay off like they had hoped. Plus, we'll hear voicemails from listeners.

StoryCorps 437: Lasting Impression

14:58 | Oct 17th, 2016

In this episode, we'll hear stories about the things that stick, for better and for worse, and leave behind an impression that you can't shake.

StoryCorps 439: Space Men

21:36 | Oct 7th, 2016

Stories about people who all have their eyes on the stars, from a street-corner astronomer to an astronaut.

StoryCorps 484: Never Drive Me Away

15:07 | Sep 30th, 2016

In this episode, we follow up with Alex Landau, whose story is the basis of our animated short, "Traffic Stop," to see what his life has been like since the 2009 incident that nearly killed him.

StoryCorps 483: Where I Belong

17:01 | Sep 20th, 2016

At the start of the school year, everyone's trying to figure out where they fit. In this episode, three stories about people trying to find the place where they belong. Plus, voicemails from listeners.

StoryCorps 482: Could Have Been Anybody

13:37 | Sep 9th, 2016

To mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we'll hear from the American Airlines employee who checked-in two of the hijackers.

StoryCorps 481: Who Swept the Floors?

17:34 | Sep 1st, 2016

In this Labor Day episode, we listen in on a live event featuring Dave Isay and StoryCorps participants talking about their work.

StoryCorps 480: Gifts from Our Parents

19:32 | Aug 24th, 2016

There are all kinds of things that can get passed down between generations of a family. This week, we hear four stories about gifts inherited from family members.

StoryCorps 479: Mrs. Bronstein for President

13:43 | Aug 17th, 2016

We look back on an unusual candidate from the 1964 Presidential election, Mrs. Yetta Bronstein from the Bronx. She was unusual because she didn't actually exist; she was created by professional pranksters Jean and Alan Abel.

StoryCorps 436: Great Escapes

13:36 | Aug 10th, 2016

Stories about escaping — or trying to escape — from bad situations, dangerous encounters, teachers, parents and more.

StoryCorps 478: Gold Star

19:41 | Aug 5th, 2016

The term "Gold Star family" has been in the headlines this week. These families made the ultimate sacrifice and in this episode, we will hear four of those stories.