May 17, 2013 — In February 2007, Rick Bounds was diagnosed with a serious liver disease and given eight months to live.
May 10, 2013 — When Rebecca Posamentier was pregnant with her first child, she visited StoryCorps with her mother, Carol Kirsch. The soon-to-be mother tried to glean all she could about parenting from her own mother, before it was too late.
May 3, 2013 — For decades, Alexis Martinez, born Arthur, had to mask her transgender identity by "being as macho as I could be." But in a visit to StoryCorps, she tells her daughter how, with her family's acceptance, she's finally been able to live as a woman full-time.
Apr 26, 2013 — Herman Blake and his six siblings struggled so much during the '40s that one brother decided to drop out of school and help support the family. A friend of the family stepped in and made sure that didn't happen, despite her own meager means. That sacrifice taught the Blake children the value of an education.
Apr 19, 2013 — Jack Richmond was a young father when his leg was crushed in a work accident. Though in denial at first that it would need to be amputated, he quickly realized he could share his experience to help other amputees, as he tells his daughter, Reagan, on a visit to StoryCorps.
Apr 12, 2013 — At 17, Daniel Hodd was starting a promising career as a concert pianist, but he decided to become a Marine instead. Before his second deployment, he broke a finger and was given a choice: Treat it and stay, or cut it off and deploy.
Apr 12, 2013 — John Curtis never thought he would be able to be a dad. But in 1998 he held his son against his chest. It was "like we fit," he says.
Apr 5, 2013 — Ruben Aguilar, 85, was forcibly deported with his family from the U.S. to Mexico at age 6. While his parents were not American citizens, he was, and at 18, he was drafted by the U.S. Army. Aguilar is a man who "got hurt by his country, came back to this country and is going to die in his country."
Mar 29, 2013 — Dawn Maestas helps women who have been branded with tattoos as a result of domestic violence.
Mar 22, 2013 — Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, fell ill when fleas carrying the bacterial infection bit them in 2002. The plague is so rare in the U.S., they were suspected of being terrorists or bioterrorism victims.