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StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

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1:42am

Fri May 16, 2014
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An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

Carlos Rocha, 40, is serving a 30-year sentence for possession of a weapon and murder.
Courtesy of the Danville Correctional Center

Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.

Right before he was to be released on bond, Carlos, now 40, got into a fight with another inmate and killed him, resulting in an additional 24 years behind bars.

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1:35am

Fri May 9, 2014
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Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home'

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Eddie Lanier (right) and David Wright became friends when Eddie was homeless in Durham, N.C.
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1:52am

Fri May 2, 2014
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Leaving A Dark Time Behind To 'Get Through It As A Family'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

Frank Tempone with his son Jack at StoryCorps in Chicago.
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In 2009, Frank Tempone was severely depressed. He had what he calls a midlife crisis, and left his wife and three kids in Massachusetts to live on his own in Chicago.

But after two years apart, Frank came back. The entire family moved to Chicago, and Frank brought his oldest son, Jack, to StoryCorps because he wanted to apologize.

"Do you remember that time?" Frank asks Jack.

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1:02am

Fri April 25, 2014
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After A Shocking Loss, Finding Healing By Teaching Others

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:10 pm

Ayodeji Ogunniyi and his father, Abimbola "Yinka" Ogunniyi, at their first American home in South Holland, Ill., in 1993.
Courtesy of Ayodeji Ogunniyi

Ayodeji Ogunniyi was a pre-med student when his father was murdered by three young men. So Ogunniyi decided that becoming a teacher, not a doctor, would help ensure his father's death was not in vain. (This StoryCorps interview initially aired Oct. 30, 2011 on Weekend Edition Sunday.)

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5:36am

Fri April 11, 2014
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One Man Becomes Another's Hands, Feet And Family

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:24 am

Ernest Greene (left) accompanied Collin Smith to college. When Collin graduated, the school awarded Ernest an honorary degree.
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When he was a high school sophomore, Collin Smith was in a car accident that left him a quadriplegic.

Ernest Greene, 50 years Collin's senior, had never met Collin, but he attended the same church. And when he heard about Collin's accident, he decided he wanted to help. He offered to do whatever Collin needed, from taking him to school to helping him shave. And when Collin began college, Ernest went too.

"What made you want to go to college with me?" Collin, now 23, asked Ernest in a visit to StoryCorps in Asheboro, N.C.

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