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The conversation of a lifetimeStoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, partnered with Iowa Public Radio to record interviews in Des Moines during September 2017 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded. Find some of the edited conversations collected from Iowans on this page. 00000173-38e2-d855-adf7-bcef38620001

A Mother's Advice: "It's Okay to Be Who You Are"

Courtesy of StoryCorps
Anders and Jenna Haglund

Anders Haglund is not your average 12-year-old. He’s observant, insightful, and, according to his mom Jenna, unfazed by the pressures of middle school.

Anders and Jenna stopped by the StoryCorps mobile booth in Des Moines to talk about personal integrity, the social hierarchy of middle school, and what they each hope his future holds.

Story Corps is a national initiative to record and collect stories of everyday people.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio, is installed in Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines. All Iowa reservations are now booked, but please put your name on the waitlist to be called when there are cancelations. When you sign up, please detail in your notes what you'd like to talk about and who you will bring to the booth: this helps StoryCorps staff look for participants to call. Join the wait list by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406;or visiting storycorps.org/reservations