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 7:35 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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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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Brooke and Shmetrice Mootry married late in 2011 but began taking steps in the fertility process early that same year. 

They stopped by the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about some unexpected hiccups and determination in their five-year journey toward motherhood.

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

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Jolanta Hopkins was born in Poland to self-proclaimed "un-fit parents."  Despite contracting polio at the age of four, however, she had a warm and happy childhood in the home of her paternal grandparents. 

Hopkins’s absentee mother passed away in Poland late in 2015 whereupon she and her daughter, Irene Wazgowska, made the trip for the funeral. 

Hopkins and Wazgowska visited the StoryCorps Atlanta booth shortly after their return as an opportunity to process their feelings and move toward closure.   

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In December of 2015, after 25 years, acclaimed artist and scholar Dr. Arturo Lindsay retired from teaching at Spelman College. Fahamu Pecou first met Lindsay 20 years ago as a student and is now a renowned visual and performing artist himself.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Pecou was both amused and assured by his former advisor’s humble artistic beginnings.

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

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Tracy Galasso is a fierce lover of her friends, family and community. A few years ago, though, she went through a pretty difficult period in her life. At the Metropolitan library, she tells friend Steve Labate a little bit about what happened at that time.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Metropolitan Library.

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Dustin Lemke grew up as a proud and active fundamentalist Baptist in rural Arkansas. At 16 he became a pastor, at 18 went off to Bible college and at 20 married his classmate.  But deep down, he knew things weren't exactly adding up.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he tells friend Erica Schoon about a major turning point in his life and his struggles to keep his life the same while accepting who he was.

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

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Now it’s time for StoryCorps Atlanta. Samar and Semahat Sinharoy were married for 38 years. They met through mutual friends in Rolla, Missouri, while she was obtaining her master’s degree and he on his postdoctoral assignment.  He was attracted to her from the start and a brief courtship followed in the fall of 1975. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Samar and his daughter Sheela reminisce about Semahat's fierce yet traditional tendencies and the couple's short courtship.

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Last year, Ana and Klaudio Kucelin visited the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about Bianka, their 5-year-old daughter who was in remission from a brain tumor. Not long after, however, her cancer relapsed. 

The couple recently returned to share some time and talk about receiving the news and their young daughter’s final weeks.

Clifford O’Connor’s father was a research scientist in Maryland.  In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he told his friend Ben Thomas a little bit about growing up around a rotating cast of visiting scientists from all over the globe.

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

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Sarah McCormick and Safia Jama work together at a refugee resettlement and resource organization. Jama -- a Somalian refugee and mother of nine ─ is referred to by many of her colleagues as “Hoya,” the Somali word for “mother.”  

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Sarah invites “Hoya” to share some of what she’s learned on her path from being a refugee to her work resettling others.   

This story was recorded in partnership with New American Pathways.

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73-year-old cousins and close friends, Floyd Nelson and Lumus Byrd, Jr. grew up together in the segregated South.

They both graduated from high school prior to the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.  In their hometown of Clinton, South Carolina, Byrd asked Nelson to share his personal memories of life in the Jim Crow south – including an altercation at a drug store that has stuck with him to this day. 

This story was recorded in partnership with The Textile Mill Memory Project of Presbyterian College. 

StoryCorps Atlanta: Combating Ebola On The Front Lines

Jan 26, 2016
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While the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has largely subsided, it has affected several west African nations, and has killed over 11,000 people in two years.  

Over 1,500 Center for Disease Control employees deployed for this outbreak, but epidemiologists Dr. Anne Purfield and Dr. Melissa Rolfes were among the very first to arrive in Sierra Leone in 2014 before the world really began to take notice. 

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Rose Marie Mason, 78, is a proud Montanan. While she was raised in the city of Butte, her elders were true pioneers who settled near the mines in the remote Centennial Valley in 1864. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her daughter and niece about her mother’s Western sensibilities and inherent grit, which led to a big moment in young Mason’s life.

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: Sharing A Love Of Science Fiction

Jan 12, 2016
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Growing up, June Nutter used the worlds that science fiction and fantasy books created to escape from the stressful world of growing up in the civil rights era. She passed on that love of science fiction to her son Gerald Coleman – even going so far as playing "Dungeons and Dragons" with him.

Coleman invited his mother to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to find out how a young black daughter of Kentucky sharecroppers developed her devout love of the genre.

As Nutter told her son, it all started with "The Lord of the Rings."

StoryCorps Atlanta: Not Another Lonely Christmas

Dec 22, 2015
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For many of us, the holidays can be a joyous time.  It’s when family and friends gather and memories are both made and shared. 

Reminiscing is exactly what Octavius and Seth Smiley-Humphries had in mind when they came to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.  They got engaged on Christmas in 2012 and  Octavius begins this story with how they first met.  

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

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