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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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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.