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Have you or a loved one struggled to overcome illness?  Walla Walla teacher Deborah L. Smith watched her husband Troy battle brain cancer for several years.  Smith tells Troy's childhood friend, Jack Tollefson, about Troy's efforts to be part of the 2002 Olympic torch run despite his cancer, and the help his family gave him.

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In any era, tough times call for families to use resourcefulness and plenty of resilience to transcend their struggles. Today we hear from retired librarian Mary Ann Olson who grew up poor in a Sumner, Washington. Her family had a rather unusual housing situation until Mary Ann took matters into her own hands. She shares the story with her daughter, Lynn Olson.

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It's Christmas vacation for many kids, and there are probably students who wish they wouldn't have to go back to school, ever. A kid's dream, right? For 24-year-old James Thames that was a reality, but as he explains to his case manager, Jason Scales, it was anything but a dream come true.

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Imagine having two birthdays. One, the actual day of your birth. The other, the day you could have died. This is the case for Cambodian-American Sok-Khieng Lim. Her friend, T.J. Pietz of Tacoma, interviewed her for StoryCorps Northwest about her two birthdays.

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Today is the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Kenneth Merrill Sr., or Mudhole as his fellow marines call him, was a junior in high school then. In today's StoryCorps Northwest he talks with his nephew, Vernon Lott, about that day, and how he got his nickname.

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When you were a little kid, did you want a pony? Many little girls have wished for a pony. Tacoma sisters Denise Nichols and Claudia Casebolt they got their wish, but sometimes what you wish for is a lot of work!

With Thanksgiving coming up, we're all thinking of some of our best family stories. Every family has those tales that come up around the dinner table every year. For Celest Allen, it's a family vacation gone awry.

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Kerstin Ringdahl was born in Sweden in 1935. In her 30s she emigrated to the United States. She applied for a position as special collections archivist at Pacific Lutheran University, where she was a perfect fit. Her Scandinavian image helped a lot. Here she talks with her friend and colleague, Fran Lane Rasmus, about the early years of PLU and her job.

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Muffin, sweet pea, munchkin, these are some nicknames given to children, if you’re a parent, what nicknames did you come up with? For Dani and Adam Small, it’s “Monkey Pumpkin.” Six months ago, the Tacoma residents had their first child: Sophia. Adam talks about his favorite fatherhood duty.

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Many think the family farm is disappearing, but the USDA says more than 97% of U.S. farms are family operated.  One such farm belongs to Randy Mullen in Pasco, Washington. Randy has been an independent farmer since 1984, but his farming roots go back much further.

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