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4:53am

Fri April 20, 2012
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After Marriage Ends, Exes Become 'Best Friends'

Lisa Combest and James Hanson-Brown spoke about their marriage — and their divorce — at StoryCorps in Houston. "Our relationship really has helped me define unconditional love," Lisa says.
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After the marriage between James Hanson-Brown and Lisa Combest ended, something unusual happened: Their relationship deepened.

"We got married Jan. 11, 1986, and the minister who married us told me, 'You guys are the best-matched couple I've ever talked to,' " Lisa recalls. "But I guess we were in our marriage for about a year when I started thinking that something was wrong. Emotionally I was supported, but it was the physical side of things."

At the same time, James was trying to figure out what was going wrong, as well.

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8:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
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75 Years Later: The Day The Town School Exploded

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:47 am

Kenneth Honeycutt spoke about the New London School Explosion of 1937 with his wife, Gaye, in Knoxville, Tenn.
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One of the worst school disasters in American history occurred 75 years ago, when an explosion killed hundreds of students at a school in East Texas. It was an event that etched itself into the memory of Kenneth Honeycutt, now 83.

"It was an explosion in the school building that led to the death of 300 students and teachers," he says. "It was caused by an accumulation of gas throughout the school building."

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8:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
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As A Life's End Draws Near, A Father And Son Talk

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 5:49 am

"For me, dying — it's very enlightening and certainly rewarding," David Plant (left) tells Frank Lilley. "Look at the opportunity to talk, for example. It's just incredible."
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In 2010, David Plant was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer has since metastasized to other parts of his body, and David is now contemplating the end of his life. So, just before his 81st birthday, he sat down with his stepson to talk about their life together.

As Frank Lilley explains, "David is my stepfather, but I certainly consider him my father."

The two spoke in in New London, N.H. And Frank began with a question.

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8:00pm

Thu March 22, 2012
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Two Lost Souls Find Each Other In A Hospital

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 11:39 am

Winslow and Dorothy Jackson met at a hospital six years ago and have since decided to see the world together.
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Winslow Jackson was divorced when he met Dorothy Biebrich in 2006 at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

She was widowed.

They also both had multiple sclerosis.

"On my birthday, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; three years later, my wife left, and we were divorced," Winslow, 62, said during a recent visit to StoryCorps in Atlanta. "And that was, undoubtedly, the saddest time of my life, because I felt so stranded."

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10:01pm

Thu March 15, 2012
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After Tragedy, An Aunt Plays A New Role: Parent

Laura (left) and Phil Donney (right), with their Aunt Abby, whom they call "Tabby."
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One night in 1995 completely reshaped the lives of Phil and Laura Donney. Their parents were arguing, and their father stabbed their mother, killing her. Phil was 7; his sister was 4.

Ken Donney was sent to prison, and the children went to live with their mother's sisters.

Phil, 23, recently sat down with his aunt, Abby Leibman, the twin sister of his mother, Nina Leibman.

"What was it like becoming a parent to my sister and I overnight?" Phil asks.

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