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Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Motherhood" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on May 4.

It’s complicated. It’s joyful. It’s hard. It’s always a good story. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moms we’re born to, the ones we choose and the ones we make of ourselves.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Jamie J. Brunson, 56, of Wilmington, Delaware
Melissa (Emme) Miller, 57, of Northern New Jersey
Adiba Nelson, 43, of Tucson, Arizona
Simone Nichole Gordon, 34, of Bloomfield, New Jersey
Debra Pascali-Bonaro, 63, of River Vale, New Jersey
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Jamie J. Brunson, 56, of Wilmington, Delaware | My Mama Story

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
That love can travel across time and space.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My mother.

Melissa (Emme) Miller, 57, of Northern New Jersey | Body Beautiful

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
Take time to be in awe and honor what our bodies do for us every second, day, week, year, decade. Simply incredible.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My daughter. Having the opportunity to share my mothering story with you allows my 19-year-old daughter to learn more about her birth. What a treasure for both of us and anyone else who receives emotional nutrients having listened to it.

Adiba Nelson, 43, of Tucson, Arizona | Motherhood Is A One Way Street

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners take away that there is power in truth telling, and however we get there, we get there to and through motherhood.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Honestly, I inspired myself to tell this story. As I wrote the chapter about my postpartum depression for my upcoming memoir, "Ain't That A Mother," I realized that rarely are Black mothers given a platform to openly and honestly share our own truths in this mothering/motherhood journey. Sometimes our truths are unique to our culture, and sometimes our truths are universal. But our journey is often left out of the media/storytelling platforms. I decided it was time to change that.

Simone Nichole Gordon, 34, of Bloomfield, New Jersey | Granting Wishes

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope to convey the listeners to get involved in grassroots organizations and take lead in restoring marginalized communities.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I experiences discrimination and doors being slapped in my face when my son was 3 and he needed we needed emergency with resources. I stood online to food pantries, social services offices and left messages on big nonprofits organizations voicemail. So, when mothers come to my platform on social media needing assistance, I get it. No questions asked. We are going to provide. That's what makes my foundation different from the rest.

Debra Pascali-Bonaro, 63, of River Vale, New Jersey | My Grandmother’s Stories Changed Me

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners will gain a deeper understanding of the transformative power birth has on all facets of life. Birth is a day like no other. Each person deserves to give birth with respect, care and love.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My grandmother’s story changed my birth and my life. I hope my story will change someone else’s birth and life — and together help ensure that all people giving birth receive the respect and care they deserve.

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices and Megan Finnerty, Storytellers Project founder and director, will emcee live!

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices and Andrew Atkins, a features reporter at the Naples News, will emcee live!

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and the Tennessean's Opinion and Engagement editor, LeBron Hill, will emcee live!

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Daily Advertiser Executive Editor Barbara Leader will emcee live!

Sponsored by Cox. Graciously brought to you by Humana.

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Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Louisville Courier journalist Kirby Adams will emcee live!

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty will emcee live!

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Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Wendy Leung and Brett McGinness, will emcee live!

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Join the us for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the ways race and ethnicity weave through American identities.

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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Gabby Giffords.

Dr. Fabi Hirsch of the Aphasia Center of Tucson and Arizona Republic journalist Karina Bland.

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Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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The holidays can be a time of gleeful surprise, gratitude, wrapping paper disasters or family mishaps. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moments that unite our communities, faiths and families.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, reflecting on what it means to be an American. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors about life, the grind, and the sacrifices of building something all your own. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, who just happen to be scientists and astronauts, about dealing with loneliness and isolation in space and how that translates to life on Earth, and persevering through it all. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!


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