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Caption: Larry Hoover tells his granddaughter Anastacia Garcia about his time at The New Mexico Boys' School in Springer, New Mexico. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/56618-storycorps-historias-larry-hoover-and-anastacia-g">Listen Here</a>.
Updated: May 20, 2024

'Growing Up'

Stories about dealing with growing pains, no matter how old you are.
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Updated: May 20, 2024

Family

Caption: Scout Derek Connell (C) talks with his Scoutmasters Richard (L) and Claudia. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/44739-derek-connell-richard-and-claudia-coleman">Listen here</a>.
Updated: May 20, 2024

'Angels & Mentors'

Stories about those people who really matter in our lives.
Caption: Lyrics too!  "The old gray mare...", Credit: Susan Cook
Updated: May 19, 2024

The Department of Poetic Justice (and Poetic Reckoning)

Back in 2013, my collection "Blue: American Sonnets" was entered in a contest sponsored by the Alice James Press. Some are presented here. The poems written in sonnet form come from the longing for justice and the emotional angst of seeing this country falter. I did not know Wanda Coleman or...
Caption: The consequence? Intimidation of constituents so they dare not call..., Credit: SusanCook
Updated: May 18, 2024

Civil Liberties for Lifelong Learners

Commentaries, Sixty Second Moral Inquiries and Two and One Half Minute Conspiracy Theories along with a lyric or two for The Great American Wrongbook (and the Department of Poetic Justice and Reckoning) ! Life long education to answer the question : What is a civil liberty anyway? In 2011, at...
Caption: Exactly how many marshmallows were involved is probably in his tax returns..., Credit: Susan Cook
Updated: May 18, 2024

It's Not What You're Given. It's What You Do With What You Get

These days, from the intricacies unraveled through the secrets of the human genome to the moral entitlement of any number of religious sects, what you are given is grabbed onto like a brass ring. Turns out though, as the lyrics of a great Maine jazz singer remind us, it's not what you're given,...
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Updated: May 16, 2024

Juneteenth

Celebrated June 19
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Updated: May 16, 2024

Pride Month

Pride Month starts on Thursday June 01, 2023.
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Updated: May 15, 2024

Women's Issues

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Updated: May 13, 2024

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th.
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Updated: May 13, 2024

Legacy

Caption: Theresa Nguyen (L) talks to her daughter, Stephanie (R), about balancing their Vietnamese heritage with raising a family in the United States. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/52422-storycorps-theresa-and-stephanie-nguyen">Listen Here</a>.
Updated: May 13, 2024

'Wisdom'

From poetic turns of phrase to plain-spoken truths, there are little gems of wisdom in each one of these stories.
Caption: Sylvia Mendez (L) talks to her sister Sandra Mendez Duran (R). <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/46621-storycorps-historias-sylvia-mendez-and-sandra-men">Listen Here</a>.
Updated: May 13, 2024

'Historias'

StoryCorps' collection of Latino stories from all across the country.
Caption: Tony Perri (R) tells his grandson, Jeffrey (L) about coming out as a gay man. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/43204-storycorps-tony-perri-and-jeffrey-perri">Listen here</a>.
Updated: May 13, 2024

'Discovery'

Tales about that moment when something clicks.
Caption: Joan DeLevie (R) tells her daughter, Sharon (L), how she met her husband, Ari at a party in 1959. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/49479-storycorps-joan-and-sharon-delevie">Listen Here</a>.
Updated: May 13, 2024

'Struggle'

These are not easy. Stories about dealing with the harder decisions in life.
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Updated: May 13, 2024

For Listening

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Updated: May 08, 2024

Atomic Hour Chestnuts- Mister 1960's Record Review

We All Love To Read The Liner Notes.
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Updated: May 08, 2024

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th.
Caption: The hand life deals you..., Credit: Susan Cook
Updated: May 08, 2024

The Indifference Diaries

Elie Weisel, the humanitarian Holocaust survivor, once said "The opposite of love is not hatred, it's indifference". Indifference brings out the worst in humanity sometimes. Sometimes we can't document the day-to-day sequence of events that culminate in harm. And sometimes we can.
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Updated: May 06, 2024

JONI MITCHELL SPECIALS

The singular Joni Mitchell is profiled in either a 1 or 2 hour special. A separate hour, carved from the longer special, singles out in more detail her landmark BLUE album from 1971.
Caption: Ann Powers, Author of TRAVELING ON THE PATH OF JONI MITCHELL
Updated: May 06, 2024

TRAVELING THE PATH OF JONI MITCHELL w/ ANN POWERS

A 2-part deep dive into the creative and personal path of revered musician Joni Mitchell with NPR Music Critic Ann Powers, author of the 2024 book TRAVELING ON THE PATH OF JONI MITCHELL. In thoughtful conversation with host Paul Ingles, Ann shares just some of her well-researched observations...
Caption: StoryCorps Facilitator Lillie Love passed away on June 25, 2010. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/49444-storycorps-griot-lillie-love">Listen here</a>, to her positive persective on life.
Updated: May 06, 2024

'Griot'

StoryCorps' collection of African American stories from all across the country.
Caption: Retired New York City sanitation worker Angelo Bruno (L) speaks with his former partner, Eddie Nieves (R), about working together on their daily route. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/52877-storycorps-angelo-bruno-and-eddie-nieves">Listen Here</a>.
Updated: May 06, 2024

'Work'

We all spend 8 hours a day at it: hear stories from and about work, unusual jobs, and loving what you do.
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Updated: May 06, 2024

Friendship

Caption: sustaining participation, in this time...
Updated: May 03, 2024

The Citizens' Guides

If we tell each other what we know about being citizens in this great country, maybe more of us will take part and help sustain participation. The Citizens' Guides are a collection of how-to, what-for and where-with-all commentaries, based on the experience of this writer as she negotiates the...
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Updated: Apr 29, 2024

HISTORY STORIES BY SUSAN GRAY

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Updated: Apr 29, 2024

Military Voices Initative

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative provides a platform for veterans, service members, and military families to share their stories. In doing so we honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we—as a nation—are listening. Learn more at:...
Caption: MJ Seide talks to her granddaughter Genna Alperin about falling in love with her partner, Genna's biological grandmother. <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/44986-storycorps-mj-seide-and-genna-alperin">Listen Here</a>.
Updated: Apr 29, 2024

'Identity'

How do you identify? Stories dealing with the complicated reality that is identity.
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Updated: Apr 22, 2024

DICKEY BETTS TRIBUTE SPECIALS

The importance of guitarist, songwriter, and singer Dickey Betts to the Allman Brothers Band is assessed in the wake of his passing April 18, 2024 at the age of 80. Betts was a co-founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 and was an active member...
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Updated: Apr 22, 2024

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