StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, thousands have taken part in the StoryCorps oral history project, describing their lives and history. Listen to a few and then decide whether to subscribe and/or record your own:


A Transformative Moment Sparks Change of Life

February 22, 2008 · After leaving the Marines, George Hill became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and found himself on the streets of Los Angeles. But a handful of change from a fellow homeless man sent Hill on the path to recovery and joy.

A Valentine’s Romance That’s Lasted 40 Years

February 15, 2008 · Peter Vincelli and Mary Beinert were high school sweethearts in Brooklyn in the 1960s. They fell in love when they met 40 years ago this week — on Valentine’s Day. He says it was love at first sight. She says it was love at first kiss.

Father Finds Peace in Forgiveness

February 8, 2008 · After Hector Black’s daughter was murdered seven years ago, all he could think about was revenge. But after learning about the killer’s troubled background, Black asked authorities to spare his life.

A Sisterhood Evolves from Hate to Love

February 1, 2008 · During their childhood, Melissa Wilbur and Janaki Symon’s relationship was marked by bitterness and jealousy. But an unexpected sign of affection finally brought the sisters closer.

Collecting More Than an Obsession for New Yorker

January 25, 2008 · Harley Spiller has about a million objects crammed into his small apartment, including a world-record 10,000 Chinese takeout menus. He also collects bottle caps, packs of gum, and other odds and ends. He thinks he’s got his hobby under control.

A Long Life of Love and Wonder

January 18, 2008 · Anna and Joseph Wise, childhood sweethearts, were married for nearly six decades. Now 96, she has outlived him for 16 years and wonders how “you get through almost anything.”

After Disaster, a Survivor Sheds Her Regrets

January 11, 2008 · Martha Conant was one of a handful of people to walk away unscathed from the crash-landing of a United Airlines flight near Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989. The experience left her with feelings of great responsibility, and immense gratitude.

Discovering a Mother’s Hidden Talent

January 4, 2008 · One day when she was in kindergarten, Cynthia Rahn realized she had forgotten to do an assignment. All hope seemed lost — until she made an unbelievable discovery on the kitchen table the next morning. What she found there revealed her mother’s secret talent.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Love Story, Interrupted

December 28, 2007 · Cindy White met Dan Driggers, the love of her life, in August 1990. Six weeks later, she learned that she was HIV positive. “I don’t believe I’m here because of anything less than his love for me,” Cindy says.

Mother’s Magic: Stretching a Christmas Dollar

December 21, 2007 · When Carrie Conley’s husband left in the early 1960s, she started raising six children on her own. Even after getting a job at a hospital, Conley often asked herself a question: “Lord, what am I going to do with all these kids, by myself?”


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