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5:08am

Fri March 14, 2014
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A Man's Death Unites The Women Who Loved Him

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 9:36 pm

Lisa Garzone, 47, and Megan Smith, 25, became friends after grieving the loss of the man they both loved.
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Lisa Garzone married John Joyce in 1994. They had four children together, and at one point, says Lisa, they were best friends. But their marriage ended badly.

"John became alcoholic, and things got volatile," she says, "so we had to have him leave."

John wound up living on the streets. "He stopped showing up for visits. I tried to follow where he was, and I knew that he was homeless — that just always worried me. I didn't want him to die on the streets."

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5:13am

Fri March 7, 2014
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A Homeless Teen Finds Solace In A Teacher And A Recording

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 9:39 am

Celeste Davis-Carr, a high school English teacher in Chicago, learned her student Aaron was homeless from a recording for the StoryCorpsU program.
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Aaron didn't intend to tell his classmates that he was homeless. But when he recorded his own story with StoryCorpsU — a project designed to help kids in high-needs schools build stronger relationships with their teachers — he says, it just came out.

"I felt ... like a big load was let off," Aaron explains. (NPR has withheld Aaron's last name, at the request of his foster care agency, to protect his privacy.) "I don't know what made me say it, but I'm like, 'Let me just be honest and just get it out.' "

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5:27am

Fri February 28, 2014
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A Cowboy Stunt Double Who Made The Stars Look Good

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Dean Smith, doubling as Maureen O'Hara, with stuntman Lee McLaughlin on the set of McClintock!
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For 40 years, Dean Smith made his living as a stunt double in Hollywood Westerns — including eight Oscar winners and nominees — like True Grit, The Alamo and How The West Was Won.

"I was able to make all the leading men look good," Dean tells his wife Debby in an interview with StoryCorps. And not just men, he adds.

"One time, I doubled [as] Maureen O'Hara. I got the clothes and I got this big red wig. When I got back on the set, they laughed at me and they said my legs didn't look too much like Maureen's," he laughs.

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3:24am

Fri February 21, 2014
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The Lives Of Blind Brothers Changed When 'Dad' Came Knocking

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:29 am

The lives of Leo, Nick and Steven Argel (from left) changed the day Ollie Cantos knocked on their door.
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Leo, Nick and Steven Argel are 14-year-old triplets, and they've all been blind since birth.

Growing up in Arlington, Va., their single mother had a hard time caring for them.

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5:25am

Fri February 14, 2014
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A Fiery Valentine's Day For Two Firefighters In Love

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:00 am

Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen with their son, Luca. The couple spent their first Valentine's Day together fighting the same fire — before ending up in the hospital.
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New York City firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen don't work together very often, but their first Valentine's Day as a couple was an exception. They worked the same fire that night — and then ended up at the same hospital with minor injuries.

"There really wasn't much romantic about the night it was," Tommy tells Sophy, now his fiancee, on a visit to StoryCorps. "I kept coming over. I sat in your bed and was talking to you."

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