StoryCorps Atlanta http://wabe.org en StoryCorps: Elizabeth Clark and Lowanda Higgins http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-elizabeth-clark-and-lowanda-higgins <p>Elizabeth Clark was a college student in the late 1950’s when she attended Blayton School of Accounting here in Atlanta. During this time, the city was becoming an important place for the Civil Rights Movement, home to leaders such as Lonnie King, Ralph David Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr. In the StoryCorps booth, Elizabeth told her daughter, Lowanda Higgins about a professor she had,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">social activist John Calhoun.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 61100 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Elizabeth Clark and Lowanda Higgins StoryCorps: Peggy and Bill Comin http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-peggy-and-bill-comin <p>From a very young age,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peggy </span>Comin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has lived with a disability that’s affected her daily life. However, she’s always kept her sense of independence, and at the age of 61, she has many stories to tell. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Peggy started by telling her husband, Bill </span>Comin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the incident that caused her disability.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 60727 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Peggy and Bill Comin StoryCorps: Kathi Martin & Shana Hunt http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-kathi-martin-shana-hunt <p>Kathi Martin grew up with a pastor father, and she also chose a life as a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal church.&nbsp; However, things were complicated by the fact that she is a lesbian. During her time in seminary, she remained in the closet. But in the StoryCorps booth, Kathi told her partner Shana Hunt about an event that made it hard to keep the secret once she became a pastor. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 60414 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Kathi Martin & Shana Hunt StoryCorps: Constance Folsom and Halle Smith http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-constance-folsom-and-halle-smith <p>When many of us think about American racial violence, we tend to place it firmly in the days of the country’s Jim Crow laws. But today, we have a story of politically-charged racism that took place well after the end of those laws, in 1980. Constance Folsom was nine years old when she was the victim of a crime in Wrightsville, Georgia. In the StoryCorps booth, Constance told her daughter Halle Smith about the incident.</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with EAGLE 7 and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps&nbsp;booth.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 59987 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Constance Folsom and Halle Smith StoryCorps: Ian and Carlos Moreno http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-ian-and-carlos-moreno <p>Ian Moreno recently graduated from high school and is about to enter college at Georgia Tech. In the StoryCorps booth, Ian spoke with his father Carlos about what this transition means as both a son and a student. Carlos began by asking him about his planned field of study.</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps&nbsp;booth.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 59802 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Ian and Carlos Moreno StoryCorps: Nan and Christopher Kennedy http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-nan-and-christopher-kennedy <p>Bill "Poppy" Needham spent his life working as a pharmacist. He is remembered for his sense of humor and his compassion. He passed away in 2011. In the StoryCorps booth, his daughter Nan Kennedy and her son Christopher spoke about some of their favorite memories of Poppy.</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps&nbsp;booth.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:59:41 +0000 Dylan Fagan 59252 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Nan and Christopher Kennedy StoryCorps: Marcia Meisel and Denise Spiegel http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-marcia-meisel-and-denise-spiegel <p>Marcia&nbsp;Meisel&nbsp;spent most of her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the things she would see growing up would eventually lead her to become involved in social issues, including the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War protests. In the StoryCorps booth, Marcia told her daughter, Denise Spiegel, about the first time she became aware of injustice in the late 1940’s. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 58838 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Marcia Meisel and Denise Spiegel StoryCorps: Parys and Terence Grigsby http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-parys-and-terence-grigsby <p>Terence Grigsby and his daughter, Parys Grigsby, have always been close. However, now that Parys is 21 and a recent college graduate, she is beginning a new part of her life. In the StoryCorps booth, the two reflected on life as father and daughter so far.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This&nbsp;story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 58474 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Parys and Terence Grigsby StoryCorps: Binbin Chen http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-binbin-chen <p>Binbin Chen moved from China to the United States to be with his mother when he was 12 years old. Last year, he graduated from Georgia Tech in a special graduation ceremony for LGBT students. In the StoryCorps booth, Binbin told Melissa Terry about how being part of the Lavender graduation ceremony meant having a talk with his mom. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 58252 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Binbin Chen StoryCorps: Judy Linzie http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-judy-linzie <p>Judy Linzie came to America from Cuba when she was 10 years old. She entered through Operation Peter Pan – a CIA project which brought 14,000 Cuban children to the United States between 1960 and 1962. In the StoryCorps booth, Judy told her daughters, Amy Linzie and Kelly Hamby, about why her parents chose to send her two sisters and her to the United States.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 57844 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Judy Linzie StoryCorps: Masahiro Ishigami http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-masahiro-ishigami <div><p>38-year-old Masahiro "Masa"&nbsp;Ishigami &nbsp;is a physics professor who was born in Philadelphia, but lived in Japan until he was fourteen. However, when it came time to enroll in high school, he decided to come to the United States to study. In the StoryCorps booth, Masa told his wife, Song Seto, about what influenced this decision.</p></div><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 57468 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Masahiro Ishigami StoryCorps: Jay, Beth and Sara Berkelhamer http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-jay-beth-and-sara-berkelhamer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In honor of Mother's Day, here is a story of one mother who is admired by her family. Jackie </span>Berkelhamer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sent her husband, Jay, and their two daughters to </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to talk about his career. However, the conversation quickly took a different focus. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Beth and Sara </span>Berkelhamer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asked their father about his relationship with Jackie, and their long life together.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 57043 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Jay, Beth and Sara Berkelhamer StoryCorps: Ellie Hartman and Mary Bethany Vincent http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-ellie-hartman-and-mary-bethany-vincent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Until recently, Ellie Hartman and Mary Bethany Vincent were volleyball players for rival high schools in Atlanta. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ellie played for Westminster, while Mary Bethany played for Lovett. In 2012, both teams made it to the state championship. </span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 56070 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Ellie Hartman and Mary Bethany Vincent StoryCorps: Nicholas Church and Reese McCranie http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-nicholas-church-and-reese-mccranie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When 20-year-old Nicholas Church came to the United States on a summer trip from his home in the UK, he asked the clerk at the bus station in New York to send him somewhere pretty. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He landed in the small town of Cashiers, North Carolina for the summer, where he met Reese </span>McCranie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The two quickly developed feelings for each other, and a romantic relationship ensued. When the summer was over, Nicholas returned to the UK. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 55744 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Nicholas Church and Reese McCranie StoryCorps: Angela Ellis and Arletta Brinson http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-angela-ellis-and-arletta-brinson <p>Last month, Mayor Kasim Reed <a href="http://wabe.org/post/city-sell-underground-atlanta">announced</a> that the city is putting Underground Atlanta up for sale, citing that the property is a financial strain. &nbsp;In its heyday in the 1970’s, Underground was a popular tourist destination. Portrait artist Angela Ellis is someone who remembers that time well. She was one of the attraction’s early employees. In the StoryCorps booth, Angela told her friend Arletta Brinson about those days.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 55481 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Angela Ellis and Arletta Brinson StoryCorps: Angela and Ivan DeQuesada http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-angela-and-ivan-dequesada <p></p><p>Angela and Ivan DeQuesada met as graduate students at the University of Florida. The two ended up living next to each other in an apartment complex, and Angela quickly developed a crush her neighbor. In the StoryCorps booth, she recalled how she first tried to get Ivan’s attention.</p><p></p><p>The coupe's daughter Charlotte was born this January. &nbsp;This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 54959 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Angela and Ivan DeQuesada StoryCorps: Brian Chapin & Susan Fassnacht http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-brian-chapin-susan-fassnacht <p>This is a story about chance, and how, sometimes, sheer luck brings us into some of the most powerful moments of our lives.</p><p>The Fassnacht and Chapin families are currently dear friends who celebrate many holidays together. But it was a dramatic event that first introduced Susan Fassnacht to Brian Chapin in 2007.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This story was brought to you in partnership with the Atlanta History Center and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Lauren Waits 54687 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Brian Chapin & Susan Fassnacht StoryCorps: Clayton Sherrod and Erin Robbins http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-clayton-sherrod-and-erin-robbins <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clayton Sherrod was 13 years old when his father had a heart attack. His mother told him that he needed to leave school and find a job to help support the family, so he got a job at the </span>Vestavia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Country Club in Birmingham. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Clayton told Erin Robbins about how this temporary job turned into a lifelong career.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 54278 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Clayton Sherrod and Erin Robbins StoryCorps: Lanvester Jackson and Arletta Brinson http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-lanvester-jackson-and-arletta-brinson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lanvester Jackson has always loved music. And while some people pick up the guitar or the drums, he’s always had a passion for another instrument.&nbsp; In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, </span>Lanvester<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told his friend </span>Arletta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Brinson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about how the organ shaped his childhood.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 54059 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Lanvester Jackson and Arletta Brinson StoryCorps: Eloise Litz and David Oliver http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-eloise-litz-and-david-oliver <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eloise </span>Litz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a 93-year-old motivational speaker and retired music teacher. Her love of music has influenced many aspects of her life, including her relationship with her late husband, David. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, her grandson David Oliver asked her about both music and marriage.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center,&nbsp;which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 53684 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Eloise Litz and David Oliver StoryCorps: Fahamu Pecou http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-fahamu-pecou <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fahamu </span>Pecou<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a visual artist whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions around the world. He is also a father. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, </span>Fahamu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told his 11 year old daughter, </span>Oji<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Nyasa<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and 5 year old son, </span>Ngozi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the role family plays in his work.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:51:51 +0000 Dylan Fagan 53514 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Fahamu Pecou StoryCorps: Brent, Julie and David Brough http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-brent-julie-and-david-brough <p></p><p>Brent Brough grew up in Salt Lake City. As he was leaving for college, his parents were getting a divorce, and things were uncomfortable at home. He convinced his friends to leave for college a few weeks early.&nbsp; They got by on a diet of cheap hamburgers and slept in a park in the college town of St. George, Utah. &nbsp;In the StoryCorps booth, he told his wife Julie and their son David about this time in his life. David started the conversation. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 53157 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Brent, Julie and David Brough StoryCorps: Betty Castellani & Susan Smith http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-betty-castellani-susan-smith-0 <p>Chaplain Betty Castellani died on January 26 after a long battle with cancer. She served at DeKalb Medical Center’s Cancer Center starting in 1987, and founded its Charles B. Eberhardt Cancer Center in 1989.</p><p>In 2011, she came to StoryCorps Atlanta with Susan Smith. Betty told Smith, an employee and a cancer survivor, the story of her own first cancer patient.</p><p></p><p>The Atlanta History Center hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Dana Goldman 4703 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Betty Castellani & Susan Smith StoryCorps: Deborah Lott-Barnes http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-deborah-lott-barnes <div><p>The Lott family grew up in Mobile, Alabama—but one by one, each of the seven siblings and their parents moved to Atlanta. At StoryCorps, Deborah Lott-Barnes tells her sisters Patricia Zeigler-Jeter and Kaneta Lott-Cuffie about how her life led her here.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney 52463 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Deborah Lott-Barnes StoryCorps: Sabrina and Cashelle Ross http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-sabrina-and-cashelle-ross <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sabrina Ross was 15 years old when she became pregnant with her daughter, </span>Cashelle<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, she told her daughter, now 28, about her pregnancy. Sabrina started off with the story of how she broke the news to her father. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>That was Sabrina Ross speaking to her daughter, Cashelle. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 52148 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Sabrina and Cashelle Ross StoryCorps: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. and Carolyn Daniel http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-dr-lawrence-edward-carter-sr-and-carolyn-daniel <p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:47:05 +0000 Dylan Fagan 51856 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. and Carolyn Daniel StoryCorps: Kim and DeJah Ault http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-kim-and-dejah-ault <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the early 1980’s, Kim Ault was a teenager in the South Bronx. It was a period of change in her community, and one of those changes was the emergence of hip-hop. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the StoryCorps booth, Kim told her daughter DeJah about how the genre reflected both the good and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the bad times in her neighborhood.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 51537 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Kim and DeJah Ault StoryCorps: Patricia LaGloria Spence and JeJuan Stewart http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-patricia-lagloria-spence-and-jejuan-stewart <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the time she was in first grade, Patricia </span>LaGloria<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Spence knew she wanted to be a teacher. In 1979, she was assigned to be one of the first African American teachers to integrate the all-white Miami Lakes Elementary school. It wasn’t an easy transition. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Patricia told her daughter </span>JeJuan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Stewart about her first year.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 51233 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Patricia LaGloria Spence and JeJuan Stewart StoryCorps: Melissa & Myke Johns http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-melissa-myke-johns <p>You may be familiar with the work of radio producer Myke Johns here on WABE.</p><p>However, he and his wife, Melissa, also visited StoryCorps to record a story about their infant son, Alex. During her pregnancy, Melissa was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening illness that causes dangerously high blood pressure.</p><p>A note: The acronym "NICU" refers to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.</p><p>Melissa starts the story.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:52:17 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Dana Goldman 42884 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Melissa & Myke Johns StoryCorps: Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-julie-lococo-and-helen-pharr <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Julie </span>Lococo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Helen </span>Pharr<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are sisters from a family of 12. Growing up, the Hynes family always made meal times a centerpiece of their holiday celebrations.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the two sisters spoke about their traditions and what made this year’s Christmas gathering so special. Julie began their conversation.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 50540 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr