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April 19, 2016

I’m always amazed at how powerful animation can be. Story Corps is an independent nonprofit organization with a goal to celebrate the lives of everyday Americans through storytelling. For people sharing stories, animation provides a layer of anonymity which can help them feel comfortable talking about sensitive and emotional issues and events. I have yet to watch Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s, interviewing his mother, Sarah without welling up when he asks her, “did I turn out to be the son you wanted when I was born, did I meet your expectations?” This one too, in which Danny and Annie reflect on their life together –– from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, makes my heart ache. If you have a spare half hour, watch each and every one. They really are wonderful.

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