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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.

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As Father’s Day approaches, some local dads have been coming to StoryCorps to talk about their own fathers and the influence they had.  David Batka’s  father, Laddie, worked as a machinist at a paper factory. At StoryCorps, David told two of his own grown children, David Junior and Michael, what he remembers of the man. 

Alicia Richards is a 20-year-old college student who plans on becoming a teacher. Unlike most of her peers at Georgia State, she's also a mother. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Alicia spoke to her friend and classmate Faith Booker. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University. 

Atlantan and Morehouse man Taft Mizell is now in his late 80s. At StoryCorps Atlanta, he retold a story his father told him as he was growing up. The story is about Taft’s great-grandmother, and how the family got its last name.

This interview was recorded at Friendship Baptist Church.  

As we approach the end of the school-year, not everyone’s rejoicing. Georgia State science teacher Brian Williams found his calling in the classroom. It was an unexpected twist in his life, as he told his wife, Rhina Williams, at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Carol Ann Jackson Miller and Henrietta Antonin are both in their 70s, and both have spent their lives attending Friendship Baptist Church where Carol Ann’s father was once the minister. When StoryCorps Atlanta came to their church, the two couldn’t help reminiscing about their decades at the church…and its music.

Carol Ann Jackson Miller Henrietta Antonin are both in their 70s, and both have spent their lives attending Friendship Baptist Church where Carol Ann’s father was once the minister. When StoryCorps Atlanta came to their church, the two couldn’t help reminiscing about their decades at the church…and its music.

Listeners who lived in Atlanta in 1999 may remember a shooting spree at a Buckhead day trading firm that left nine people dead. Dean Delawalla was among the victims. He was survived by his wife, Dr. Gulshan Harjee and their two children. Almost 13 years later, Gulshan told friend and journalist Krista Reese about what happened that day. 

Elizabeth Smith

Apr 24, 2012

83-year-old Elizabeth Smith is a Carter Center volunteer, and likes to look her best for big events there. But a trip to find the perfect outfit led to an unexpected event of its own. She told the story of what happened next to her son, Steven Smith. 

Cheri Villines had a close relationship with her mother. Then about 15 years ago, when Cheri was in her 40s, came an illness that neither knew quite how to handle.  At StoryCorps Atlanta, Cheri recounted to her friend, John Dougan, the story of what happened next.

Claire McLeveighn

Apr 10, 2012

For Claire McLeveighn, questions of ancestry don’t get short answers. She’s part African-American, Native-American, Irish, and Asian.  At StoryCorps, Claire told her friend Richard DuCree the story of the Chinese grandfather she never knew.

In 1994, Peter McCann traveled from his Toronto home to Atlanta for a friend’s wedding. He was expecting just a weekend of fun. But he ended up staying up the entire night after the wedding, talking with another guest – Aruna Rao. The two recently came to StoryCorps to talk about what happened next.

68-year-old Atlanta resident Gene Spiegel had successful careers as a stockbroker and as a meditation teacher. Then he fell in love with a younger woman, CDC doctor Katrin Kohl. Now, rather than spend his days in retirement, he’s a stay-at-home dad to their two young children, Alexander and Clara, while Katrin works full-time. She was curious about what his life is like now. 

17-year-old Miranda Lynch is headed off to film school in the fall, and wanted to bring her parents Tom and Sheri Lynch to StoryCorps before she left. Miranda asked her dad Tom a few questions while mom, Sheri, listened in. 

Mableton resident Wilder Saint-Velus had what you might call an unusual childhood. He grew up in Haiti until age 13, and then came to the United States on a dangerous journey, unchaperoned. Wilder hasn’t seen his parents or siblings since he left Haiti in 1992, but hopes someday to be reunited with them.  At StoryCorps, Wilder’s father-in-law Ralph Williams asked to hear the story of his journey. 

This is the anniversary week of what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”  On March 7th 1965, Civil Rights demonstrators in Alabama were turned away violently while marching from Selma to Montgomery.  They then continued their march, days later, under protection from the Army and National Guard.

Bette Prestwood’s husband Charles was a Methodist minister who was among a minority of white clergy in Alabama fighting for racial justice at the time. At StoryCorps, Bette told her daughter, Beverly, about her recollections of that week back in '65. 

Lee Rushing, of Flowery Branch, was known as Lisa Rushing growing up, but early on, he realized that his physical body didn’t match who he knew himself to be on the inside. He told his story to his partner, Allison Rushing.

StoryCorps Founder Releases New Book

Feb 8, 2012

Since Dave Isay created the oral history project known as StoryCorps in New York City in 2003, mobile StoryCorps booths have traveled the country, and stationary studios have taken root in New York, San Francisco, and in Atlanta--here at WABE.  Isay has also written three books based on some of the interviews recorded by the participants.  His latest is "All There Is--Love Stories from StoryCorps".  Here, Isay talks about "All There Is" with WABE's Steve Goss...

Roberto Llopart and his wife Danielle Bartone are both teachers. But during recess, Roberto has taken on an athletic role that's changed life on the playground.

A woman gets a wake-up call, and has to decide whether to answer it.

Atlanta, GA – Linda Gorham has worked as a professional storyteller for close to two decades but making the transition to that job was a step that took some courage. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Linda told her friend and fellow storyteller, Gwendolyn Hilary about how she got her start.

Linda told Gwendolyn this story at the 2011 National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference in Atlanta.

A move to Atlanta forces a search for a new doctor.

Atlanta, GA – Most people's conversations with their dentists are confined to dental chairs. But recently patient Gail O'Neill brought her own dentist, Ronald Goldstein, to StoryCorps. She started the conversation by explaining why she wanted to talk with him.

Childhood love lost, then found, then lost...

Atlanta, GA – Jim Fletcher of Liburn is now 49, but when he met MaryAnn Landau - now MaryAnn Fletcher he hadn't yet learned math or to read. But he did have a sense of true love.

Newcomers to this city and country learn to navigate the new culture and Americans' ideas about foreigners.

Atlanta, GA – Some newcomers from far away. 21-year-old Lubna Rashid and her mother, artist Lamyaa al Azzawi came to Georgia just three months ago, after spending the last 12 years in Jordan. Before that, they fled Iraq. Now they're trying to rebuild their life in the country that's been at odds with their homeland for the last decade. And that hasn't been so easy for them either.

An African refugee talks to her 12-year old son about what life was like for her as a child before coming to the U.S.

Atlanta, GA – Naima Abdullahi came to the U.S. from Kenya with her parents almost twenty years ago at age 11. Her father had escaped persecution in Ethiopia before she was born. Now Naima's son Teso McDonald is 12. And Naima wants to make sure he understands his family's origins.

A gay Georgia lawmaker talks about what it's like to be out, in the political realm.

Atlanta, GA – The Honorable Simone Bell serves District 58 in Georgia's General Assembly. She's also the first African-American out lesbian in the nation to serve in a state House.

A lot of laughter coming up in this week's StoryCorps Atlanta as two grown sisters reminisce.

Adult sisters Kiplyn Primus, and Karen Adams recently came to StoryCorps to record stories of their Southern childhood. Karen is a year younger than Kiplyn and started off the conversation.

Every parent's dream and perhaps every teenager's nightmare. Listen as two parents ask their 16-year-old questions, and get him to answer.

Atlanta, GA – At 16, Andrew Cleveland is a rising junior in high school. He's a rising talent in classical and pop music, especially with the cello. At StoryCorps Atlanta, his parents, Mary Lynn Owen and Rob Cleveland, asked him some questions about being a musician.

Two Asian-American Atlantans who married each other and don't have the things in common that you might think.

Atlanta, GA – If you're a pop-culture fan you've probably heard of Rodney Ho, entertainment writer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. But he's also newly married to Helen Kim Ho, Executive Director of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center. They came to StoryCorps as part of May's Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage month. Both are Asian-American. But as Helen tells Rodney, that doesn't say much about their backgrounds.

You thought you've had some bad jobs. Here is one immigrant's story.

Atlanta, GA – These days Laura Murvartian is director of a national wine franchise. But when she first came to the U.S. from Mexico City with her family as a child, her jobs weren't nearly so glamorous. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Laura's husband Michael Rhim asked her about those earlier days.

This story was recorded in Partnership with the GALEO: Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

An Atlanta woman's checklist for her ideal partner becomes reality, with one notable exception.

Atlanta, GA – Growing up, 33-year-old Satyam Barakoti had a checklist for what she wanted in a spouse. She always assumed that spouse would be a man, but then she was serving on the board of a nonprofit, and helped interview 43-year-old Tonja Holder for a job. Now they're partners. At StoryCorps, Satyam told Tonja what was on that original checklist.

Coming up on StoryCorps Atlanta, from fire chief to foster care ally.

Atlanta, GA – When David Wall was ready for a new challenge ten years ago, the suburban fire chief signed up as a volunteer for "CASA," the new Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Clayton County.

CASA trains volunteers to advocate in court on behalf of children in state custody. These days his supervisor is Kimberly Walker. She asked David about how he got started as a CASA volunteer and about some meaningful moments he has had.

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