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1:22am

Fri July 13, 2012
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A Small Town's Post Office, And Its 'Squire'

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 8:17 am

Freddie Wood stands at the counter of the Wood & Swink general store in Evinston, Fla.
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This month, the U.S. Postal Service begins cutting back hours and services at rural post offices across the country. One store facing changes sits inside the Wood & Swink general store in the northern Florida town of Evinston. The store has been in Freddie Wood's family for more than 100 years. In that time, it's gone through only small changes.

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1:25am

Fri July 6, 2012
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Sending Vets' Lost Medals, And Memories, Home

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 9:38 am

Capt. Zachariah Fike helped reunite sisters Adeline Rockko (left) and Mary Piccoli with the Purple Heart medal of their late brother, Army Pvt. Corrado Piccoli.
Courtesy of Zachariah Fike

Zachariah Fike has an unusual hobby. The Vermont Army National Guard captain finds old military medals for sale in antique stores and on the Internet. But unlike most memorabilia collectors, Zac doesn't keep the medals for himself.

Instead, he tracks down the medals' rightful owners, and returns them.

His effort to reunite families with lost medals all began with a Christmas gift from his mother — a Purple Heart, found in an antique shop and engraved with the name Corrado A.G. Piccoli.

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1:42am

Fri June 15, 2012
Interviews

A Single Dad And His Unlikely College Roommate

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 11:33 am

Wil Smith visited StoryCorps with his daughter, Olivia, in Sheffield, Mass.
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In 1996, Wil Smith enrolled as a freshman at Maine's Bowdoin College. At 27, he had recently finished serving in the Navy. But he set off for school with his 1-year-old daughter, Olivia, in tow. Now that she's a teenager, Olivia sat down with her dad at StoryCorps to look back on their "college days" together.

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8:03pm

Thu June 7, 2012
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Finding 'A Very Kind Way' To Lead Special Olympians

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 1:03 pm

Jose Rodriguez and Charles Zelinsky at StoryCorps in Trenton, N.J. Jose is now a Special Olympics coach — he'll be overseeing games this weekend.
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States around the country are hosting their regional Special Olympics games this summer. In New Jersey, the games' opening ceremonies begin Friday.

Jose Rodriguez participated in the New Jersey Special Olympics back in 2003, when he was 13. Special Olympics offers a chance for people with intellectual disabilities to pursue a sport. Jose has trouble learning — mostly through reading and writing.

Speaking at StoryCorps, Jose, 23, told his former basketball coach, Charles Zelinsky, 57, what his life was like before he found the games.

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12:57am

Fri June 1, 2012
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When Mom Is Right, And Tells Police They're Wrong

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 11:28 am

Robert Holmes, 67, is a professor at Rutgers University.
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When Robert Holmes' parents moved to Edison, N.J., in 1956, they were one of the first African-American families to integrate the neighborhood.

"After we'd moved to Edison, there was a resentment that we had broken into the community," Holmes says.

Even at the age of 13, Holmes felt the animosity. The neighborhood had a private swim club that opened up to anyone who participated in the Memorial Day parade. Holmes was in the band.

"I arrived at the pool on Memorial Day having marched in the parade with my uniform still on, and they called the police," he says.

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