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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.

StoryCorps Atlanta: Moving In With Colonel Sanders

Dec 15, 2015
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In the late 1960s, Alice Stephens’s husband, Farrold, was transferred from California to Kentucky.  Alice and her kids remained in San Diego while her husband went ahead to look for a house.  

After a couple of unlucky attempts at house-hunting, the family ended up living in the home of one of America’s most recognizable faces, fried chicken magnate Colonel Harland David Sanders.

Stephens told her grandson, Nick Stephens, about the unusual meeting that led to the move and her interactions with the colonel.

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Inquisitive 10-year-old Arden Lunsford talks with her grandfather, Bob Durkis, about life when he was young and his hopes for her future.

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: Practicing Spanish On MARTA Trains

Nov 24, 2015
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 Aiyana Mathews has traveled extensively around the world and has knowledge of 8 languages.  In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells friend Kiplyn Primus about the significance of travel and the unorthodox way she began to learn Spanish.     

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

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In 1952, Alabama natives, Bonita and Bill Crawford had recently finished their medical degrees – she as a Medical Technologist and he as a General Practitioner.  

Now, at 81 years old, Bonita talks with her daughter Nilha Pearce and granddaughter Courtney Pearce about what came next for the young couple in the little town called Crossville. 

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

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81 year-old lawyer Richard Hubert never intended to go into show-business, but in the late 1960s when some of his friends had a chance encounter with some ad executives, Richard found himself unexpectedly starring in a Wheaties commercial.

Hubert told his step-daughter Karen Woodward about the strange twist of fate that led to him chomping cereal on camera.

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: 2 Comedians Walk Into A Booth

Nov 3, 2015
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It may not be getting bit by a radioactive spider or being sent to Earth from Krypton, but every comedian has their own origin story.

Local comedians Joel Byars and Cris Gray recently joined each other in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to discuss discovering the desire to be a comedian, their craft and the unifying bond found within the wild world of stand-up comedy.  

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: The Ghost On The Second Floor

Oct 27, 2015
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In this special Halloween edition StoryCorps Atlanta, Josh Buehler shares a spooky story. When Buehler was just a kid, his family moved into a grand Victorian house on a hill in Starr, South Carolina.   However, both the family home and small, southern town weren’t your average places to grow up.

Buehler told his wife Jenna about the mysterious creaks on the second floor in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.

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

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Brittiany Hightower comes from a long line of community-minded people.  In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she talked with her mother, Sonjyia Bryant about the Oakland, California Little League team founded by her Uncle Roscoe aimed at keeping kids off the street.  

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

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Buddies Shawn Tucker and Michael Bartenfeld met on the first day of ninth grade in August of 2001.  Close friends ever since, they recently took an afternoon in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about what Shawn, a practicing Sikh, experienced in the aftermath of Sept. 11.  

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

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When Lauren Morton had a birthday last month, she asked her mother Debra Almond to join her at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Inside the booth, they reflected on Morton's life, beginning with the day Lauren was born 35 years ago.   

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

StoryCorps Atlanta: ‘I Was Given 30 Days To Live’

Sep 22, 2015
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In July of 2000, Peter Byrd went to the doctor because he couldn’t breathe.  He had been expecting the news that would follow for nearly 10 years.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he tells close friend Chuck Fowler about the toughest moments of his life, witnessing others succumb to the fate of an illness and surviving the odds.

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

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Engaged couple Justin Kandler and Genevieve Desaulniers have been together for nearly three years.

A few weeks ago, Justin surprised Genevieve with a trip to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to revisit a special moment that occurred on a weekend trip to Savannah exactly one year prior.

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

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In the 1930s, during the Harlem Renaissance, a similar movement was simultaneously growing in Chicago.  Now 95 years old, Dorothy Jones still remembers that time in Chicago. Speaking with her son Donald in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Jones told Donald about unearthing a rare Richmond Barthe bust in the basement of what is now one of the most prolific art institutions in the African-American community – The Southside Community Arts Center.

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Amelia Boynton Robinson has died. She was 104.

Robinson started her career in Civil Rights in the 1930s as a voting rights activist. On March 7, 1965, she tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, along with hundreds of others protesting for equal rights for African-Americans.

In 2010, she sat down Genise Kemp Brown to tell her the story of the march – which started off at a church.

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

Claire Francell tells her daughter, Mary Francell-Sharfstein, about events from her life.
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Claire Francell was born to lower-middle class Irish immigrants in a small Massachusetts town.

At 85, her life has seen profound dedication to school, family, causes and careers.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth, she tells her daughter, Mary, about her start ...  and an exciting career hiatus she took as a young lady.    

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

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Cousins Jasmine Johnson and Jessica Evans grew up together in several parts of the country, including Frankfurt, Kentucky.  Along with their siblings, they were raised under the warm yet watchful eye of their grandmother whom they called "Sissy."  

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, they could scarcely contain their joy recalling a river of candid memories about her.  

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

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In 1991, at Robert E. Lee high school in Midland, Texas, Kenneth Morrison was called upon to make a decision. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth, he tells his son Trey about it and how – 24 years later – in different parts of the country, others are being asked the same question.

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

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With most of metro Atlanta returning to school this week, we bring you the story of Steve Moore, a history teacher going on his 27th school year.

As he tells his wife, Carolyn, though, the first handful of years at the front of the class left him discouraged – until some integral turning points. 

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

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Sherry Guerrero grew up in an academically-focused household, but she was an energetic child who developed a natural love of athletics. For many years though, she felt that something was missing. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth she tells friend Shae Trotter about a day she’ll never forget…

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

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When we reflect upon our lives, we reminisce, remember and relate. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Kathy McClelland talks about her love of literature, her father as a doctor and life after her parents' sudden divorce. She is speaking here (above) with her daughter-in-law Christina McClelland. 

Kathy McClelland reading some of her father's poems to her daughter-in-law, Christina: 

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

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Killa Marti is an immigration attorney in Atlanta. Her mother was a lawyer, as well, practicing for more than three decades in their native country of Honduras, which was cited last year by the U.N. as one of the world’s most dangerous nations.

Several years ago, Marti's mother was gunned down while being driven in her car. In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Marti talks with her husband, Ivan Marti, about the incident and her mother’s legacy as a lawyer. 

This story was recorded in partnership with Lutheran Services of Georgia. 

StoryCorps Atlanta: Louis and Jacqueline Tseng

Jul 2, 2015

Louis Tseng had just finished his time in the Taiwanese Air Force and was eager to come to the United States to pursue his American dream in 1998. Soon after his arrival, he met his future wife, but his job search was a hard one. In the StoryCorps booth, Louis told his wife, Jacqueline Tseng, about his difficulties in finding a career.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Historical Society, and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.

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In her early 20s, Betty Swims-Gray had four children but not much in the way of support or opportunity.  It was the early 1960s, and she was a single mother. 

Recently, her son Roger Swims brought her to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about what that was like.

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

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Dr. Chi Ekwenye-Hendricks grew up in Nigeria.  She was 8 years old when she got her first pair of shoes.  In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth she told friend Stephanie Vyverberg about how that day continues to inspire her.  

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

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With Father's Day around the corner, we bring you the story of Jesus "Chuy" Martinez.

When he was a child, his mother died of tuberculosis, and for the next several years he lived with various relatives.

His daughter, Marisela, brought him to the Atlanta StoryCorps booth to ask him about what made him the father he is today, starting with his relationship with his mother. 

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

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