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A Quest For Roots Uncovers Ordinary People

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.

James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

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.

Walk This Way: Crossing The Golden Gate Bridge

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.

The Day Taps Echoed Through Belgium's Hills

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 Face That Changed The Search For Missing Kids

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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BackStory: Civil War 250th — Questions Remain

The BackStory guys field calls to hear people's questions about the Civil War and the social and political questions that still surround it.

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BackStory: Civil War 250th — Why They Fought

More than two centuries after the Civil War, historians are still plumbing the depths to find what actually compelled men to fight.


Etan Patz News Resurrects Parents' Nightmares

New York Police have reported a possible break in the case of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy who vanished 33 years ago on his way to school. No one was ever charged in his case, and the episode was a deep personal tragedy for the Patz family.
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D.C.'s Alley Dwellers Live In The Heart Of It All, Out Of Sight

We meet D.C. residents who've lived for decades in a tiny, single-room alley dwelling.