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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.

I'd like to participate!

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 7:35 a.m. and 9:25 a.m.
  • Tuesday during Closer Look at 12:25 p.m.
  • Friday during Morning Edition between 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.

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Sickle cell anemia is a rare disorder that targets red blood cells. It causes extreme fatigue, physical pain, and an array of infections. Currently there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed.

Lakiea Bailey was diagnosed with it when she was just 3 years old. Now at 38, she has achieved what many might think is impossible for someone with her condition.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her mother, Doris Bailey, about the power of perseverance and is reminded about her mother’s approach to keeping her healthy following the diagnosis.

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Anne Peterle realized her love for puppeteering back in college as a theater major. Since then, her passion has made for some pretty memorable experiences.

One such occasion was auditioning in New York City and subsequently spending a month workshopping in one of the industry’s most coveted environments. Here she is talking with her daughter, Margaret Brooks.

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

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As we step into 2017, we think back to the successful 10-year affiliation we’ve had with StoryCorps.

It began back in 2006 when WABE brought the StoryCorps mobile booth to Atlanta. Then came the StoryCorps Griot initiative in 2007. Today we’re one of three public radio stations in the country with a permanent booth, hosted by our partners over at the Atlanta History Center.

Early in the history of StoryCorps Atlanta, we were warmed by the presence of Lillie Love. She was a StoryCorps facilitator sitting in and helping as needed as participants told their stories.

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Brothers Paul and Hank Barnes – 87 and 95 years old respectively – grew up on a 1,000-acre farm in Warm Springs, Georgia that has been in their family since 1832.

Paul's grandson, Clifford, brought the brothers to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to learn more about the workings of the family farm and what Christmas was like for them in this bygone era.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta: The Value Of Twenty Years

Dec 13, 2016
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Myrna and Samuel Myers were married for a half-century.  But in 2012, at the age of 73, Myrna passed away. 

In the StoryCorps Booth, Samuel sat down with one of his daughters, Caren, to reflect on the life and influence of her mother and to talk about an illness that first surfaced 20 years prior to her death.   

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: Little Life Lessons From Mom

Dec 6, 2016
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When Ella Hsiao turned 65 just a few months ago, her daughter, Sandy Hsiao, thought it would be fun to talk with her in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.

Sandy asked her mom all kinds of questions about life in general, what it means to be a good friend, and also how she met her father in college back in Hong Kong in 1972.   

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

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When Joy Borra turned 60, instead of celebrating the old-fashioned way, she wanted give something back.  The end result was more than anything she’d first imagined.

Here she is in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth talking to her husband, Tony Borra.   

**This story originally aired on June 2nd, 2015. Since then, we have learned that the library Joy helped facilitate and stock is now serving 10 additional villages with the elementary students next door using it every day. 

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Today: 8-year-old Allie Slipakoff. She loves dancing – both ballet and jazz – she loves shopping at Justice, and she loves playing with the app musical.ly.

Allie is a transgender girl in the third grade. As she explains in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, her gender identity is something she has been working through since an early age.

For her parents, Jen and Adam, there were signs along the way as well.  

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

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Nov. 14 through 18 is International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and the US Department of Education.

To celebrate that week, here is the story of 23-year-old Alex Berry and 21-year-old Ai "Anna" He who are both studying Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech. Berry is from Albany, Georgia and He is from the Sichuan province of China. While they did have some classes together, they didn't really get to know each other until they arrived in Singapore as part of the Singapore-Beijing Program.

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Steve Wolf, 72, is a local physical therapist and neuroscientist and has the utmost respect for his parents. They were Jews who narrowly escaped from Germany in the late 1930s only to face more hardships upon arriving in the United States.

At StoryCorps Atlanta, he tells a colleague about how everything changed for his parents after what is known as Kristallnacht  – or Night of Broken Glass – where thousands of Jewish-owned establishments, homes and synagogues were ransacked, vandalized destroyed or burned. It took place on Nov. 8 and 9, 78-years ago. 

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Oct. 29 is World Stroke Day, a day to raise awareness of the condition and to underscore high stroke rates. Close to 800,000 Americans have a stroke per year, with one in six of those occurrences resulting in a fatality.

At StoryCorps Atlanta, Les Garber describes to his wife, June, the shadowy initial details of the day he suffered a stroke almost 8 years ago and how he is coping with his new-found incapacitation.

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StoryCorps Atlanta: 'HIV Is Not Going To Stop Me'

Oct 11, 2016
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October is National AIDS Awareness Month and today we bring you the story of 30-year-old Dwain Bridges.

Coming out of the closet can be tough. It can be harder when you fear – and then realize – that your family sometimes just won’t understand.

Such was the case for Detroit native Dwain Bridges. But, as he told his friend Jerome Hughes in the StoryCorps booth, it doesn’t mean the misunderstanding will linger.

This story was recorded in partnership with AID Atlanta.

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When Sonny Helmer was growing up in the frigid Minnesota winters, he played and dreamed of hot jazz. A Naval ROTC scholarship landed him in sunny California where things really began to take off.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, the now 85-year-old told friend Norah MacLeod about some candid times from Hollywood Boulevard to Bourbon Street.  

In a special web-extra. Sonny recalls a time where he was hired – and tricked – by the one and only Jackie Gleason in Miami.

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Jordan Brown is the youngest of three high-achieving daughters of a hard-working single mother from Jamaica.

Last month Jordan set off to attend her dream school, Georgetown University. Before she left Atlanta, though, she and her mother, Monica carved out some time in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about life at the threshold of this big life change … not only for Jordan, but for her mother, too. 

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

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Annise Mabry and Benae Ingram met online in 2013. Shortly afterwards, they began dating long-distance and married one year later in December of 2014.

In that time, however, Benae’s multiple sclerosis took a turn for the worst. In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, they talk about navigating uncharted territory together.   

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

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For tens-of-thousands of people, Labor Day weekend in Atlanta means one thing and one thing only: Dragon Con!

It’s not your average holiday weekend consisting of backyard barbecues, but rather a four-day sci-fi, fantasy, pop culture and gaming convention hosted in a handful of downtown hotels.

Among the eager annual participants is the Craven family – parents Aaron and Stephanie and 9-year-old son, Jackson.

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Ninety-year-old Ruth Kane was born in 1925 to a young unwed mother in central California.

She was placed in the care of a close-knit farming community for the first seven years of her life, before returning to live with her biological family. Her great-granddaughter Melissa brought her to StoryCorps, where Ruth told her about some special messages she received as a child.

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

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Aug. 16 marks 100 years of the Georgia Department of Transportation. It was also about 20 years ago now that the GDOT launched the first HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operators) units. 

While the program is still relatively young, it has grown from a fleet of 12 rescue vehicles patrolling about 100 miles to over 100 that cover nearly 400 miles of our roadways. 

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Craig Pigg and Michael Prudent have been together since 1995.  Their adopted son, Cooper, now 17, came along in 1999.

At StoryCorps Atlanta, the three of them sit down and talk about the fathers’ marriage and how they decided to adopt, beginning with Pigg talking about why he could never go on dates on Tuesday nights.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Family Equality Council.

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He was a minister, an activist and an educator; he presided over both Morehouse College and the Atlanta Board of Education. His name was Benjamin E. Mays, and Aug. 1 would have been his 122nd birthday. 

He passed away in 1984 at the age of 89, but his legacy is all around us and lives on in the stories of those who knew him ─ including Cathy Loving, his assistant from 1980 until his death. At the Atlanta StoryBooth, she tells friend Elisa Woods some lighter memories about this historically distinguished man, beginning with an unexpected joke on her first day on the job.

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Emilia Roman-Torres was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to a very free-spirited mom. 

She was recently invited to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth by her youngest son, 15-year-old Juan Jose Morales Roman, to talk about how it felt every time her mom flew the coop, leaving her to be raised by her ‘old-school’ grandparents.

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

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In the early 1940s, when Nancy Simmons was just a young girl, her family moved to Atlanta where her dad held some interesting jobs, including managing one of Atlanta’s finest hotels.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her son Kent some unforgettable memories from growing up in what is now an Atlanta landmark, the Georgian Terrace Hotel, including roller skating in the ballroom.

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'I Will Not Let Fear Dominate Me'

Jul 12, 2016
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Soon-to-be great-grandmother Christine Murphy-Stark, 63, is known as the “yoke” of her family. Last year, she was diagnosed with cancer. 

"... when something pops up and makes me afraid, I become a warrior. … I hate being afraid and I will not let fear dominate me," Murphy-Stark said. 

At the facility where she is undergoing treatment, her daughter Katie Knapp invites her mother to talk about some of the traumatic life experiences that have enabled Murphy-Stark’s drive to conquer her cancer.

StoryCorps Atlanta: Learning To Make ADHD A Positive

Jul 5, 2016
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – or ADHD – is very common in the United States with millions of new cases per year.  It is typically diagnosed in early childhood, as was the case for 24 year-old Cooper O’Brien. 

He visited the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to speak about how he has learned to navigate his chronic condition after years of believing he had been "doing it all wrong."

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

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With Memorial Day just behind us and Independence Day coming up, we bring you the story of 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran Henry Smithers.

Although Smithers was drafted in the early years of the war, he ultimately volunteered to serve.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he quietly reflects on his life and time in the military with his daughter, Roxann Smithers.

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

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In 1974, Sharon Samford and her husband adopted a two-year-old girl from Vietnam; they named her Katherine. Today that girl is now grown with a daughter of her own named Lexie.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth, we hear a heartfelt conversation from three generations of Samford girls. Ten-year-old Lexie is the first voice you’ll hear as she peppers her grandmother and mom with questions. 

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Who out there didn’t want to become a Harlem Globetrotter after the first time they saw them?  Even guys like 20-year Globetrotter veteran, Matthew "Showbiz" Jackson, and current star Alexander "Moose" Weekes dreamed of donning those famous jerseys as youngsters.

At their Norcross, Georgia headquarters, the two men discussed the different generations of players and swapped memorable stories from years on the road. "Showbiz" recalled a time he was called out by his coach for a "rookie" mistake on his first tour abroad … and it’s not for what you might think.

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Cullen Seaton was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the small West African nation of Guinea when the most recent outbreak of Ebola began.  He was evacuated in August of 2014, but wasn’t sure when or if he would be back.

At the CDC Museum here in Atlanta, he and Ceaser Martinez, an Emergency Management Specialist with the CDC, talk about their time in Guinea.  They also spoke about the friendships they forged with the local drivers who oftentimes provided critical support in the field.   

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In 1976, 17-year-old Anne Thomas was traveling through Europe when a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells friend Andy Irwin a little bit about the past 40 years and how her independent spirit has kept her on the move.

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: ‘You Were My Bodyguard’

May 10, 2016
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Ahoo Sarab and her family moved to Georgia from Iran when she was just a toddler. Shortly after, she met her best friend Julie Strean.

Now, both 41 and with many shared memories and milestones, they take some time in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to laugh off some harsh realities they both endured, by talking about some mischievous moments from their tomboyish childhood.

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

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