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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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6:55am

Fri September 27, 2013
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Dad To Son: 'I Was Not Going To Let You Drop'

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:41 am

Josh Lampert started having psychotic episodes in college. He's now 32, and he sat down with his father, Chuck, to remember what that struggle was like for both of them.
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Josh Lampert started having psychotic episodes in college, when he was 19 and living in Seattle.

"My diagnosis was psychotic depression," he told his father, Chuck, during a visit to StoryCorps. "You can hallucinate sounds and smells and tastes. And my mistake was doing drugs, because sometimes the line got blurred of what is real and what isn't. Other people seemed like they had so much — social relationships and girlfriends, and I was just trying to function."

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1:25am

Fri September 20, 2013
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Forging A Different Parenting Path

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 7:30 am

Dan Miller grew up in a family of nine children in Wisconsin. They were poor, and his father supported them by working at a local paper factory.
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When Dan Miller was growing up, his family lived about a mile away from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. He had eight siblings and the family was poor. His father, Robert, supported them by working at Consolidated Papers Inc.

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5:47am

Sat September 14, 2013
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Hotline Responders Answer Veterans' Desperate Calls

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:43 am

Rich Barham, left, and Nelson Peck are both veterans working for the Veterans Crisis Line.
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Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line work to help veterans through their darkest hours. The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the hotline, the only national line dedicated to helping veterans in crisis.

A report in February was the most comprehensive to date from the VA on veterans and suicide. As of that publication, the Crisis Line had made approximately 26,000 rescues of actively suicidal veterans.

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2:58am

Fri September 13, 2013
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How One Man Continues To 'Just Pass It On'

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:44 am

Thomas Weller, 65, says he's been called an angel more times than he can count.
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Thomas Weller would have died in a snow bank in 1964 had a stranger not helped him. Weller, 65, has been helping strangers in the same way ever since.

"I've been called the Lone Ranger. And I've been called an angel more times than I can count," he says. "But, I'm no angel! When you help somebody else, you help yourself. And, it's ... real gratifying."

Click on the audio link above to hear Weller's story.

Audio produced for Morning Edition by Jasmyn Belcher.

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12:53am

Fri September 6, 2013
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Remembering A Boss Who Led A Team To Safety On Sept. 11

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 11:46 am

Connie Labetti, 52, was able to escape one of the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, thanks to her boss, Ron Fazio.
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Connie Labetti worked on the 99th floor of the south tower — the second World Trade Center tower to be hit on Sept. 11, 2001.

She made it out of the building thanks to her boss, Ron Fazio. He, however, did not survive. Fazio was one of 176 Aon employees who died that day. He was 57.

"He's the reason I'm here, there's no question about it," 52-year-old Labetti says. "Most of us survived that day because of him."

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