This story is part of the StoryCorps series of conversations.

A half-century ago, America's dreams were realized in space. The power of U.S. innovation and spirit took the Apollo 11 crew to the moon and back.

That mission was possible because of a diverse team of engineers, astronauts and mathematicians. It was also possible thanks to the help of one 10-year-old boy who was in the right place at the right time.

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Updated: Jan. 7 1:26 p.m.

Come February 2019, StoryCorps will return to the Cincinnati area to record conversations that break down political barriers and allow us all to take 'One Small Step' toward realizing others' humanity.

Courtesy StoryCorps

Update Monday, Jan. 7: The deadline to register for StoryCorps' One Small Step recordings at Miami University Regional campuses has been extended through Sunday, Jan. 13.

The Peabody Award-winning oral history project is doing a "special initiative" matching a conservative and a liberal for recorded conversations in an effort for both sides to better understand each other's point of view.

"We had far more liberal folks sign up than conservatives, so in order to match up people, StoryCorps gave us another week for people to register to participate in February," says Claire Wagner, Miami University News and Communications director. A registration link is in the story below.

Tim Maloney And Eric Avner

May 30, 2018

On this final StoryCorps in Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation helped bring StoryCorps to Cincinnati. 

Susan And Rich Eiswerth

May 23, 2018

On this week's StoryCorps in Cincinnati: Susan Eiswerth and her husband, Cincinnati Public Radio Station Manager Rich Eiswerth, talk about their search for Susan's birth father.

Nicole Zistler And Her Son, Tristan

May 16, 2018

Nicole Zistler and 10-year-old son Tristan talk about his adoption and birth father.

Teresa, Toni, And Armania Heckenmueller

May 9, 2018

Teresa Heckenmueller was one of a very small percentage of female officers in the Air Force during the early 1980s. 

Simón Sotelo And Alfonso Cornejo

May 2, 2018

Longtime friends Simón Sotelo and Alfonso Cornejo talk about Cincinnati's Hispanic community and what inspired the creation of the long running local Cincy-Cinco festival. 

Sadie Steller And Lee Ferguson

Apr 26, 2018

A daughter and father talk about how his alcoholism impacted her and the family in this conversation between Sadie Steller and Lee Ferguson.

Tiffany Hudson And Dana Makstaller

Apr 18, 2018

Work, career, family, and reminiscences of when they met…a conversation between friends Tiffany Hudson and Dana Makstaller.

Jose Cabrera And David Martin

Apr 11, 2018

David Martin and Jose Cabrera have forged a friendship that started 10 years ago in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and continues to this day in the face of some real world challenges.

Raymond Terrell And Tracey DuEst

Apr 4, 2018

Despite an array of differences, Raymond Terrell and Tracey Duest have a strong, sustaining friendship they both nurture and appreciate, as they discuss in this conversation.

Mary Lea Siegel, Betty Siegel, & Kristin Woeste

Mar 28, 2018

Octogenarian sisters Betty and Mary Lea Siegel grew up and still live on Kroger Avenue on Cincinnati's east side. They share some of their memories of that street and their family with Kristin Woeste, their first cousin once removed who also lives on Kroger Avenue.

Laurie And Jonah Yokoyama

Mar 21, 2018

In this heartfelt conversation, Laurie Yokoyama and her spouse, Jonah, talk about their fears and challenges since he came out as trans.

19 year-old Chikah Washington discovers more about his parents' younger years in this conversation with his dad, Michael Washington, and mom, Yasue Kuwahara.

Sometimes a simple conversation between a mom and her sons can cover a lot of ground, as you'll hear when Elizabeth Whitfield is joined by her sons Quincy, age 8, and Graham, age 5.

Kathy King And Shaquille Crutchfield

Feb 28, 2018

A childhood in foster homes and school issues challenged Shaquille Crutchfield from an early age. In this conversation with friend Kathy King, they talk about those difficult times and how his support system never gave up on him.

Yolanda Sherrer And Sherri Fillingham

Feb 21, 2018

The stories told within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are more than historic, they are personal, as we hear in this conversation between co-workers Yolanda Sherrer and Sherri Fillingham.

Libby And Alton Finley

Feb 14, 2018

A love story for this Valentine's Day. 

An energetic conversation among three members of the Red Hot Dancing Queens, a diverse group of women who love to dance and who you'll see in parades and events all around the tri-state…and as Renée Tecco, Claire Stewart, and Errin Simpkins-Travers discuss, even in the Big Easy.