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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.

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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