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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 7:43 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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StoryCorps Atlanta

Seventy-year-old Jan Pratt was born in 1947 and raised in small mill towns throughout Lancashire, England.

She had no interest in what traditional careers were deemed appropriate for women at the time, yet as a female, there were obstacles and glass ceilings. But, as we hear her tell her daughter, Franny Mulderig, she persisted.

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

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Self-Proclaimed 'Geeks In Crime' Discuss Dragon Con

Aug 29, 2017
StoryCorps Atlanta

Labor Day in Atlanta means a lot of things to a lot of people. For about 80,000 of those people, it means Dragon Con.

Today on "StoryCorps Atlanta," we’ll hear from Jennifer Young and Rebecca Hill, who are each other’s self-proclaimed “geeks in crime”. They met at Kennesaw State but didn’t realize that they had the same gaming hobbies until they ran into each other one year at Dragon Con.

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

A Mother Talks Openly About Tough Times

Aug 1, 2017
StoryCorps Atlanta

Emilia Roman-Torres was 20 years old when she had her first child.

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The father was not in the picture, and she would be a young, single mother. She's now 44 years old and around 10 years ago moved her family from Puerto Rico to Atlanta.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she and her eldest -- Anthony, now 24 – speak candidly about how his presence has changed her life.  

Woman Remembers Moving From The Farm To ‘70s Atlanta

Jul 11, 2017
StoryCorps Atlanta

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
StoryCorps Atlanta

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.

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