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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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5:43am

Fri February 7, 2014
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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:26 am

Barbara Amaya and her daughter, Bianca Belteton, at a visit to StoryCorps in Arlington, Va.
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It hasn't been easy for Barbara Amaya to talk about her past. She was abused at home as a child, and when she was 12 she ran away to Washington, D.C. — where she was picked up by sex traffickers and forced into prostitution.

"I fell into the hands of a woman. I was sitting in the park and she just started talking to me," Barbara tells her daughter, Bianca Belteton, on a visit to StoryCorps in Arlington, Va.

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4:51am

Fri January 31, 2014
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When Jeremiah Couldn't Take More Bullying, He Took His Life

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:09 am

Jeremiah Lasater committed suicide in high school after years of bullying. He played for the Vasquez High football team in Acton, Calif.
Courtesy of Vasquez High School

At 14, Jeremiah towered over his classmates. His size and his struggle with a learning disability made Jeremiah a target for bullying.

Five years ago, he took his own life.

Since Jeremiah's death, his father, Jeff Lasater, has devoted himself to preventing bullying of special-needs kids.

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6:06am

Fri January 24, 2014
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Giving Thanks For Two Bonus Decades Of Life And Love

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:23 am

Lionel D'Luna, daughter Adrienne and wife Debra remember their daughter and sister Alexis, who died in 2012 of complications from CHARGE syndrome.
Courtesy of the D'Luna Family

Alexis D'Luna was born with CHARGE syndrome, a life-threatening genetic condition. She was intellectually disabled, legally blind, had hearing problems and stood just under 5 feet tall because of deformities in her legs and back.

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2:51am

Fri January 17, 2014
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A Black Chef At An All-White Club Who 'Never Looked Back'

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

Clayton Sherrod became head chef at an all-white country club in 1964, when he was just 19. Today, he owns his own catering business in Alabama.
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Clayton Sherrod was just 19 in 1964, when he became the executive chef at an all-white club in Birmingham, Ala. Sherrod, who is African-American, had started working in the kitchen there when he was 13, after his father had a heart attack.

"My mother said, 'You can't go back to school. You're going to have to find a job.' So I went to the country club."

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3:01am

Fri January 10, 2014
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Spalding Gray's Family Remembers A Man Who Was 'Never Boring'

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:45 am

Kathleen Russo (right) and daughter Marissa Maier visited StoryCorps to remember Russo's late husband, writer Spalding Gray.
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It's been 10 years since the writer and monologist Spalding Gray went missing from his home in New York. Two months later, his body was found in the East River in an apparent suicide.

The day he disappeared, his wife, Kathleen Russo, was leaving for work when Gray told her, "OK, goodbye, Honey."

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