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StoryCorps founder Dave Isay shares unforgettable stories of people pursuing the work they were born to do, channeling their passion, courage and commitment to transform a vocation into a calling.

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Bethany Snyder and Kristian Maul want their six-year-old daughter to know the importance of family because theirs is a little different: Kristian is trans. They sat down at the StoryCorps booth in San Francisco to tell their story.

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Navy veteran Ron Ekika Riveira Jr. says that when you first see him and all his tattoos, you might see a “big bad scary-looking Hell’s Angels guy.” But if you look closer, you'll see that the ink tells a different, much more surprising story.

The Spot: Giving Santa the side-eye

Dec 24, 2017
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Christmas greetings."

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StoryCorps: Finding hope after war

Aug 8, 2017
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William Lehnhart joined the military when he was 20 years old, during a time of peace. 

The Spot: The moon and other things

Jun 18, 2017
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StoryCorps: An unsung WWII hero

Dec 12, 2016


Bob Lauber is a World War II veteran who talked with his daughter, Jennifer Mascari about being stationed in France, smuggling food to local children there, and the time he met Charles de Gaulle.


StoryCorps: Our Mission No Eviction

Oct 26, 2016

Roberto Hernandez is a leader of the "Our Mission No Eviction" campaign, and he's seen plenty of change come to his neighborhood. A lot of people in his community have been forced to leave the Mission over the last few years. 

StoryCorps: Paint and pride in the Mission

May 24, 2016


The Mission District is famous for its vibrantly colored murals, and some of the oldest murals can be found in Balmy Alley.

StoryCorps: Facilitating a 'good death'

Apr 11, 2016
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As a Zen Hospice Project volunteer, Alastair Shanks sits at the bedsides of people who are dying at the Laguna Honda, a public hospital in San Francisco that serves the indigent and homeless. Many of those he accompanies are lost to the world through dementia. In this installment of StoryCorps, Shanks speaks with fellow volunteer Mary Doane about the care he takes to make sure each person has a “good death.”

Twenty-year-old Christine Abiba's ultimate dream is to open a center where teens and older adults can exchange life experiences in order to connect. 

In this piece from StoryCorps, she and 70-year-old Frank Kingman dive deep into a conversation about their views on the meaning of life. 

The Spot: What keeps us together

Feb 11, 2016

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Marcy Fraser and Michelle Francis worked together in hospice care in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1988. Just after the decade came to a close, around 5,000 San Franciscans had died from the disease. Together, the pair look back on their experiences during that time and the moment their friendship was cemented for life.


StoryCorps: A friendship lost and found, 40 years later

Nov 24, 2015
Joe Chan and Pak Yan



Nearly 40 years ago, two best friends said goodbye to each other by holding on to different ends of a paper streamer.


StoryCorps: Learning to embrace imperfection

Nov 9, 2015
"My Violin" by Flickr user Jason Hollinger, used under Creative Commons license. This image was cropped and resized.

Denise Woodward is a lifelong musician. As a young classical guitarist, she strove for perfection, often waking up at 4:30 in the morning to practice for hours before school. 

11/3 - Behind the scenes with a Bay Area home stager

Nov 3, 2015

One film Baruch Porras-Hernandez liked to watch as a child was "The Last Unicorn" -  he'd watch it over and over. But for his parents, Baruch's obsession was a problem.

StoryCorps: Yoselin Aplicano

Sep 30, 2015

 San Francisco International High School is designed specifically for immigrant students navigating new lives in their new home. Some of those students make the journey to San Francisco alone—and in some cases, the school is more of a family than the people they live with once they get here. Three years ago, when Yoselin Aplicano was 13, she traveled from Honduras to live with her parents in the states. But she says it had been so long since they lived together, she hardly remembered them.

StoryCorps: A soldier returns from Iraq

Jul 20, 2015

Ryan Garrett joined the military right out of high school. His sister, Samantha, asks him about what it was like leaving​​ home for the first time to serve in Iraq, and ​the ​​difficulties of adjusting ​after he returned. During this StoryCorps conversation, Samantha gets to know a brother she hardly knew but greatly admired.

StoryCorps: The fight for disability rights

Jul 14, 2015


Protest has long been a part of Bay Area culture, from the recent Black Lives Matter marches to the AIDS activists of the '90s, to the anti-war demonstrators of the '60s and '70s.