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    2020: A Year in Stories

    December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020

2020: A Year in Stories

Over the course of 2020, we have all experienced hardships and faced adversity. That is why we want to thank our dedicated listeners for navigating through this difficult time with us. With your support, we have been able to continue to highlight the voices of people from all backgrounds while preserving priceless memories. In a time when connecting in person has been made more difficult, you continued to foster compassion through virtual conversations and by listening to our stories of shared humanity. These are just a few of the stories that we have shared in 2020.

Frontline and Essential Workers

In response to COVID-19, we launched StoryCorps Connect, a first-of-its-kind platform that enables you to record an interview with a loved one remotely. Through StoryCorps Connect, we were able to preserve the stories of frontline and essential workers as they dealt with the impossible.

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“Eventually you started sleeping in the basement.”

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Together At A Distance

Due to the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Dr. Roberto Vargas has had to keep himself separated from the rest of his family. They share how they have continued to connect despite the distance.
Read the full transcript here.

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“When everybody is running away from the danger, we run towards it”

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Stronger Than You Feel

At the peak of COVID-19, funeral director Dan Flynn travelled to New York City to become a part of the national mortuary response team. He talks with his daughter Shannon about his duty to serve.
Read the full transcript here.

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“Everyday that we step foot on that bus, we come home with the possibility of not infecting ourselves only, but our loved ones.”

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We Have A Driver’s Heart

Tyrone Hampton and Frank de Jesus reflect on their love of being bus operators, and how this passion has been tested in the face of COVID-19.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Every day I wake up and just wonder, 'Is this the day that COVID-19 is gonna come home with me?'"

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Postal Workers Fight Fear to Work in a Pandemic

On their route, postal workers Evette Jourdain and Craig Boddie act as a lifeline to their customers as they deliver medicine and supplies. With each other’s support, neither feels like they are alone.
Read the full transcript here.

Our Year Of Animations

In 2020, StoryCorps was proud to present two new animation seasons. We released Father Figures, where father figures and their children share the strength and wisdom that they draw from each other, and This Land, which featured stories to transport you across America. Catch up on this year’s animations below.

My Aunties

As Stefan Lynch grew up with gay parents, he was also cared for by his “aunties”, a group of adult gay men that were part of the family. When the AIDS epidemic began to impact his family, his aunties taught him lessons on how to love and care for one another.
Read the full transcript here.

Double Major

At 27 years old, Wil Smith enrolled in Bowdoin college with his infant daughter in tow. Although the next few years were difficult, by graduation the two of them were walking across the stage to a standing ovation.
Read the full transcript here.

Leading the Way

John Washington was born blind and with a severe loss of hearing. He reflects with his daughter Melva on his experience as a father.
Read the full transcript here.

Where I Come From

When Barnie Botone was 22 years old, he got his first job on the railroad. While working as an operator, he required strength to face the dark side of the American railroad.
Read the full transcript here.

The View From Here

As a bridgetender in Jacksonville, Florida, Barb Abelhauser prides herself in having the most gorgeous view in the city. From her small booth she is able to view tiny snapshots of people’s lives and the nature that surrounds her.
Read the full transcript here.

Learning to Fly

When Drew Lanham left home, he felt like he lost his connection to the land. After finding his way back, he now carries his father’s legacy forward through studying nature.
Read the full transcript here.

Redefining History

2020 proved to be a historic year for America. From coming to terms with our history as a nation, to an election with one of the highest voter turnout rates in history, this year was all about redefining not only our future, but our past as well.

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"They're not going to be here…but we've got an enormous amount to be thankful for."

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This Thanksgiving, the Faucis on Family and Gratitude

Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife Dr. Christine Grady sat down to talk about the similarities between their work and parenting, as well as the sacrifices that they are making this holiday season.
Read the full transcript here.

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“I felt a lot of pressure… I wanted every vote to count.”

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Philadelphia Poll Worker Supports Her Community and Inspires Her Daughter

After voting every year for 30 years, Cherie DeBrest began to volunteer as a poll worker. Last year, she inspired her daughter Naima to do the same.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Being alone drug up all these memories from the past."

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A Love Kept Secret, Revealed During Quarantine

For over 60 years, Ken Felts kept the memory of the love of his life a secret. When quarantine started, these memories returned and Ken opened up to his daughter about his past relationship.
Read the full transcript here.

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“I decided to adopt that magpie, which I called Maggie.”

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The ‘Heart’ of Heart Mountain

When he was 10 years old, Shig Yabu and his family were evacuated from their home and relocated to an internment camp. He tells a story about the time he adopted and cared for a bird named Maggie.
Read the full transcript here.

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Source: SNPR Story Corps