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StoryCorps Atlanta

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters.

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StoryCorps is partnering with the Atlanta History Center and Public Broadcasting Atlanta to record, preserve, and share the stories of communities in Atlanta. Our mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

Since 2003, over 80,000 people have shared life stories with family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web.

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Great! Visit our Reservations page to learn how you can become a part of StoryCorps in Atlanta.

When can I hear StoryCorps on WABE? 

  • Tuesday during Morning Edition at 7:43 a.m. and 9:43 a.m.
  • Friday during Morning Edition at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Where can I find out more about StoryCorps Atlanta?

Listen to more stories from Atlanta, and get news and updates about local StoryCorps events and recordings here.

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Woman Remembers Moving From The Farm To ‘70s Atlanta

Jul 11, 2017
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Cindy Gilmore was born the youngest of five children in the small farm town of Prattville, Alabama in 1964. She lived there until the mid 1970s when her mother decided to move to Atlanta.

Her daughter, 33-year-old Jessica Wals, brought Gilmore to the StoryCorps Booth to find out a little more about this time and transition from farm to city. She begins by asking her mother why farming was so important to the family.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

Atlanta Woman Finds 'Opportunity No. 3' In A Letter

Jun 6, 2017
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81-year-old Anna Belle Illien is admittedly “not one to pass up opportunities.” She has had several careers throughout the decades — from a French teacher, to an art gallery owner, to an adoption agent. The adoption agency she runs began after her own successful adoption of a child from India in the late '70s.

She has three adopted children and recently sat down with her youngest, 33-year-old Juliana, whose birth parents approached Anna Belle’s agency.

Here is Anna Belle describing the formation of their unique family.

94-Year-Old Native Atlantan Remembers Old Downtown

May 30, 2017
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Margaret Jacobs was born in a small hospital on Mitchell Street in Downtown Atlanta in 1922.

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Now 94 years old and with a razor-sharp memory, she and her younger cousin Cecelya Taylor went to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about Jacobs' childhood and her parents. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

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On Sunday families across the country celebrated moms near and far, both present and those that have passed.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Bill Hagan talks with his middle son, Mark Hagen, about his late wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen Hagen. He lovingly recalls stories about Mark's mother and begins with his fondest memory back from his senior year at Notre Dame in 1951.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

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This past weekend marked the start of National Nurses Week, and with that, StoryCorps bring you the story of Brandi Lowe.

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For most of Lowe's career, she’s been both a nurse and a patient. At 22 she was diagnosed with an autoimmune deficiency. Because of the deficiency that last summer she contracted a very rare – and potentially fatal – fungal infection in her lungs and respiratory system.

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