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.

Talat Hamdani says her son Salman, pictured here in 1983, was so proud to be an American. Salman died responding to the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City. Courtesy of Talat Hamdani hide caption

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A Mother Remembers Her Son, A Muslim-American First Responder Who Died On Sept. 11

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Josh Hanagarne, 39, and his son Max, 9, recently sat down at StoryCorps to talk about Tourette's syndrome. Josh has dealt with Tourette's since he was Max's age and while Max hasn't been officially diagnosed, he has started to show symptoms, too. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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A Father To His Son: 'I Know What It's Like' Living With Tourette's Syndrome

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Dr. William "Lynn" Weaver during a recent visit to StoryCorps in Fayetteville, N.C. StoryCorps hide caption

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'People Helped You, Whether You Knew It Or Not'

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Francine Anderson grew up in a small town in Virginia in the 1950s. She says that when she was 5 years old, she first realized that the color of her skin could put her in danger. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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After 60 Years, Girl's Experience At Whites-Only Gas Station Still Hurts

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Sylvia and Marcus Bullock talked to StoryCorps about how their relationship as mother and son developed when Marcus was in prison and what it is today. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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As A Boy In An Adult Prison, His Mother's Letters 'Were Everything'

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Wally Funk is one of the Mercury 13, a group of women who trained to be astronauts in the early 1960s. Courtesy of Wally Funk hide caption

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This Pilot Is Headed To Space With Or Without NASA

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The Rev. Noel Hickie was working as a hospital chaplain when he met Marcia Hilton, a bereavement counselor at a hospital in Eugene, Ore. For 25 years they often worked together on hospice teams. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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For Decades These Caregivers Helped Patients, Families Through Illness And Death

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Dawn Sahr (left) and Asma Jama met for the first time at StoryCorps. In October 2015, Sahr's sister physically attacked Jama at a restaurant in Minnesota. Afterward, Sahr reached out to Jama to make sure she was OK and to offer her support. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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When A Somali-American Woman Was Attacked, Support Came From An Unlikely Source

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Terry Sullivan holds a picture of her son Alex and his father, Tom. Alex was killed on July 20, 2012, in a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. He was there to celebrate his 27th birthday with friends and watch the latest Batman film. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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Returning To Row 12, Seat 12, Again, As Aurora Shooting Anniversary Nears

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After spending nearly 12 years apart, Five Mualimm-ak, 46, and his son Omar, 23, say their relationship is getting better and they're focusing on the present, not the past. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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While He Was In Prison, His Son Grew Up; Now, 'They're Getting To Know Each Other'

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Zoë, Maddy and Nick Waters, 10-year-old triplets from Bloomington, Ind. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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The Ups And Downs Of Togetherness And Independence When You're A Triplet

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Gary Koivu and his wife Kim came to StoryCorps to talk about Koivu's friend Vincent Chin. Chin died 35 years ago, and his death became a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered For What Might Have Been

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Darrow Brown, 52, and Juan Calvo, 55, live in Baltimore. The men started fostering children after volunteering to take care of drug-addicted infants in 2007. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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2 Dads And Their Experience With Foster Fatherhood

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Emily Addison (left) and Deonka Drayton with their son. Courtesy of Emily Addison hide caption

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What One Family Lost In Pulse Nightclub A Year Ago

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Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis at StoryCorps in New York City. Planakis retired from the NYPD in 2014, but still takes calls about hives and swarms. StoryCorps hide caption

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Protect, Serve And Take Care Of The Bees

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George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes stand with a portrait of their son Diego Rincon. The family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia in 1989. Diego served in the Army and was killed in Iraq in 2003. Von Diaz/StoryCorps hide caption

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Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen

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Roberta Vincent with her son, Robert Howard II, at their StoryCorps interview in Hartford, Conn. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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A Trip To Vietnam Helped This Son Make Peace With His Dad's Death

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Sarah Churchill and her daughter Yomi Wrong at their StoryCorps interview in San Francisco. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Mother-Daughter Bond: 'We Have One Heart, You And I'

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Kevin Fredericks, 34, let his sons Isaiah (left) and Josiah interview him at StoryCorps in Los Angeles. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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'Why Can't We Own A Roller Coaster?' And Other Queries, Answered By A Dad

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Michael Yandell, 32, and his wife, Amy Yandell, 42, talked to StoryCorps about Michael's experience of being exposed to sarin gas while deployed in Iraq in 2004. Todd Burandt for StoryCorps hide caption

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One Soldier's Lasting Memories Of Exposure To Sarin Gas

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Calvin Burns, 35, and his daughter Stepheni Bellamy, 15, talk about their experiences with racism during a StoryCorps interview in Denver. Courtesy of the Burns Family hide caption

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Teenager Opens Up To Her Dad About Her Experiences With Racism

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Lucinda Roy (left) and Jane Vance were both teachers at Virginia Tech when a student went on a shooting rampage on campus in 2007. Vance still teaches there and remembers how her students responded during their first class back after the shooting. Erica Yoon/Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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10 Years Later, Virginia Tech Instructor Recalls Her Students' Response To Tragedy

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