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Lillie Torres was camping this summer in Washington state when she got a worrying message about her birth mom, Holly Serl.

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For more than 130 years, the Dodgers and the Giants have ruined each other's seasons.

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Last week the Latin Recording Academy announced its nominations for this year's Latin Grammys, and the controversy began.

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Over the past year and a half, we've been remembering some of the hundreds of thousands of people who've died in the U.S. after contracting COVID-19, and we have asked you to share with us the stories of those you've lost to the virus.

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"I grew into love of my music and of my ministry because it was actually a way out," says Pastor T.L. Barrett, Jr. in an interview with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly. Barrett, now 77 years old, recalls his difficult youth; as a teenager, he turned to songwriting to express himself. And 50 years ago, in the years following the Civil Rights movement, he released his classic album, Like a Ship (Without a Sail). The title track described how he was feeling at the time.

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Bob Ross — the artist known for his calm voice, poofy hair and unflappable demeanor — spent 31 seasons gently encouraging at-home artists to pick up their palettes to paint serene landscapes and "happy little trees."

Actor Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, were big fans of Ross and decided to produce a documentary about his life. But as they began working on the project with filmmakers Joshua Rofé and Steven Berger, they quickly realized their subject — and the legacy he left behind — was more complex than they knew.

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Hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S., and the death toll continues to climb. But numbers are only one way to look at the pandemic's impact on the country.

Another way is through telling the stories of people lost to the disease. NPR's All Things Considered is doing just that, and we want to give you a chance to share your memories of your loved ones with us, so that we might share them with others.

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