Constructing the iconic bridge was a coveted job in Depression-era San Francisco. The work was dangerous, but the men were careful and years passed without a single fatality. Just months before it opened, however, the bridge finally claimed its due — all in a few horrifying seconds.
Lawrence Jackson went through most of his life not knowing much about his family history, but when he had a child, he wanted to pass along a family tree. His search took him across Virginia, where he found out more than he ever expected.
You've heard guitarist James Burton even if you don't know it. Ever since he was 15, he's been recording behind a bewildering number of artists, from Ricky Nelson to Ray Charles. He also managed to put out some records on his own. Rock historian Ed Ward shares his story.
On May 27, 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened, connecting bustling San Francisco to sleepy Marin County to the north. The Oakland-Bay Bridge had opened six months earlier — but the Golden Gate was an engineering triumph. And on its first day, thousands of people walked across it.
During World War II, Harrison Wright served with the Army in Europe. And as he recalls during a visit to StoryCorps with his grandson, he was sent on a very special assignment to mark the end of the war.
The arrest of a man who says he killed Etan Patz highlights how much things have changed since the 6-year-old boy was abducted in 1979. Missing children were barely on the radar of law enforcement agencies back then, but are a priority all over the country today.
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