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.

Make your StoryCorps Reservation today!

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.

I'd like to participate!

Great! Visit our Reservations page to learn how you can become a part of StoryCorps in Atlanta.

When can I hear StoryCorps on WABE 90.1 FM? 

  • Tuesday during Morning Edition at 7:35 a.m and 9:25 a.m.
  • Tuesday during A Closer Look at 12:25 p.m.
  • Friday during Morning Edition between 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.

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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue September 1, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Amelia Boynton Robinson Recalls Bloody Sunday

Amelia Boynton Robinson spoke with Genise Kemp Brown at the StoryCorps Atlanta booth in 2010.
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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.  

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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue August 25, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'The Highlight Was When I Met Paul Newman'

Claire Francell, left, 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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StoryCorps
6:00 am
Tue August 18, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Remembering 'Sassy' Grandmother 'Sissy'

Cousins Jessica Evans and Jasmine Johnson talked about their grandmother in the 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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue August 11, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: ‘I Had The Power To Change That Hurt’

Trey Morrison and his father, Kenneth Morrison Jr., talked in the StoryCorp Atlanta 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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue August 4, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: A Teacher Finds Calling In The Want Ads

Carolyn and Steve Moore were interviewed at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue July 28, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: One Woman’s Surprise Cheering Section

Sherry Guerrero and Shae Trotter told their story at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue July 21, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: The Story Behind A Woman’s Love Of Books

Christina McClelland with her mother-in-law, Kathy McClelland
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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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue July 14, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: An Attorney Remembers Her Mother

Killa Marti and her husband Ivan Marti talk about Killa Marti’s mother at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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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. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Thu July 2, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Louis and Jacqueline Tseng

Louis, Benjamin and Jacqueline Tseng at StoryCorps Atlanta.

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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue June 30, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Playboy Club Job 'Hardest Thing I Ever Did'

Roger Swims with his mother, Betty Swims-Gray, at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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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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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue June 23, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'You Have To Learn How To Walk In Shoes’

Stephanie Vyverberg and Dr. Chi Ekwenye-Hendricks at StoryCorps Atlanta
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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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StoryCorps
7:45 am
Tue June 16, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Man Talks About Looking For His Father

Jesus ''Chuy'' Martinez and his daughter, Marisela Martinez-Cola
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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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StoryCorps
7:45 am
Tue June 9, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'This Ordeal Will Rip Your Heart Out'

Klaudio and Ana Kucelin reflect upon hearing about their daughter's brain tumor diagnosis and the events that unfolded over the year that followed at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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In February 2014, the week of one of Atlanta’s worst ice storms, the Kucelin family received devastating news. Their oldest daughter, Bianka, just four years old at the time, had a brain tumor. 

Parents Ana and Klaudio Kucelin took a quiet moment at the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to reflect upon hearing the diagnosis and the events that unfolded over the year that followed.  

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

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StoryCorps
7:45 am
Tue June 2, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: The 60th Birthday That Changed Lives

Joy Borra and her husband Tony Borra talked to each other at the Atlanta StoryBooth.
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Ten years ago, Joy Borra turned 60.  Instead of celebrating the old-fashioned way, she wanted give something back.  Looking back, the end result was more than anything she’d first imagined.

Here she is in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth talking to her husband, Tony Borra.   

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

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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue May 26, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Growing Up In A Steel-Working Family

Kysha Cameron and her father, Theodore Ferguson, at the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.
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Theodore Ferguson grew up in the 1950s and '60s in the community of Sparrows Point, Maryland. At that time, it was home to America’s second-largest steel producer, Bethlehem Steel, which employed much of his family, including his father. 

Ferguson’s daughter, Kysha Cameron, recently invited him to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about life back then and what he sees as his family’s legacy.    

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

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StoryCorps
7:45 am
Tue May 19, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Being ‘Queer’ In The ‘1.5 Generation’

Nowmee Shehab, left, and Anushka Aqil, right, talked about their lives in the StoryCorps booth.
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Friends Nowmee Shehab and Anushka Aqil  sat down and spoke about several unifying bonds that they share.  Both are Muslim South-Asian immigrants to the United States and both identify as “queer.”   

This story was recorded in partnership with The Center for Women at Emory.

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StoryCorps
7:44 am
Tue May 12, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'Retired From Teaching But Not Retired From Learning'

Lasley Gober and Bart Griffith at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Last May, Lasley Gober retired from teaching. Friend and former colleague, Bart Griffith, invited her to Atlanta StoryCorps to reflect on her 20 years as a high school English teacher and to ponder what's next.  

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

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StoryCorps
7:45 am
Tue May 5, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: The Crash That Changed Nicolas Uppal’s Life

Nicolas Uppal and Veronique Ivanovic talked to each other at StoryCorps Atlanta's headquarters.
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In his early 20s Nicolas Uppal had finished an internship and was starting a very promising career when a crippling motorcycle accident altered his course. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Uppal and his mother, Veronique Ivanovic, discuss both the lasting and conquerable consequences of such a tragic life event.

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

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StoryCorps
7:45 am
Tue April 28, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Sean Lanoue And 'Neon' Douglass Reminisce

Sean Lanoue and ''Neon'' John Douglass at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Sean Lanoue  and ''Neon'' John Douglass were attracted to each other from the start. There were obstacles and setbacks, but ultimately they decided to tie the knot.  

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

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Breaking
7:45 am
Tue April 14, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'I'm So Proud To Be Able To Speak'

Pam Moore and Lorene Bromfield at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Pam Moore felt the effects of multiple brain aneurysms that made her speak a little slower than most people.

She was self-conscious about it until she met her best friend, Lorene Bromfield.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, they talked about Moore's medical condition as well as their friendship.  

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
12:52 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Christine Glass Recalls Dad's Life Lessons

Christine Glass and Zakiyyah May at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Christine Glass grew up in the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta during the 1940s. Her father was a very important person in her life. His childhood was not always easy, but he often made his hardships into lessons for the family.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Glass told her granddaughter, Zakiyyah May, a few stories about him. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue March 31, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'Ma Had More On Her Shoulders Than Anyone'

Roseve Hennessey and Julie Palushock at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Roseve Hennessey and her eight siblings were born over the span of 27 years. Her parents suffered many hardships, including the deaths of two of their children before Hennessey was born.

Money was often tight, and the situation began to weigh on her parents mentally and emotionally.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Roseve told her daughter Julie Palushock about her father’s breaking point.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue March 24, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Claudia Romero On Overcoming Discrimination

Daniel Aguilar and Claudia Romero at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Claudia Romero was a single mother when she came to this country to save some money. She left her young son with her sister in Mexico and hoped that she could return and buy a house.

But when Claudia got to America, she decided she wasn’t going back. She wanted education and a better life for her son, so she worked until she was able to bring him into the United States.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Claudia told her son about her journey.  

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue March 17, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Adam Kaylor On The Beauty Of 'Not Fitting In'

Adam Kaylor and Benjamin Carr at StoryCorps Atlanta.

One of Adam Kaylor’s earliest memories is asking his mother, when he was five years old, when he was going to become a boy.

Adam was born female, but would continue to question his gender throughout his childhood and adolescence.

In the StoryCorps booth, Adam told his friend Benjamin Carr about his trouble fitting in as a child — and what happened next.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue March 10, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Elsie Burt On Her Grandparents' Home Cooking

Elsie Burt and Vanika Simms at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Elsie Burt grew up with her grandparents on a farm in Douglasville, Georgia, just outside of town. Many of her favorite memories from childhood involve her family’s home cooking.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Elsie told her daughter, Venika Sims, about her grandparents and their love of food.  

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue March 3, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'Next Thing You Know, I Was Snatched Up In A Headlock'

Rashid Brown and Andrew Craig in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.

Rashid Brown grew up on the west side of Las Vegas, Nevada. He remembers it as a place where many people struggled, but he always had dreams of doing great things.

He overcame a learning disability to graduate college in the top 1 percent of his class, and eventually he moved to Atlanta to work as a training manager.

However, Brown faced unbelievable odds one night while on the job.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he told Andrew Craig about what happened.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue February 24, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Gloria Ann Jackson Borrows A Famous Leader's Tuxedo

At StoryCorps, the sisters spoke about borrowing a tuxedo.

This week on StoryCorps Atlanta, we're doing something just a little different for Black History Month. We're reaching back in our archives for a story from our 2007 StoryCorps Griot initiative.

Today, we’ll hear three sisters share their memories about a black-tie affair that one of them wanted to attend. Here, Gloria Ann Jackson recalls asking her sister, Hazel Jackson Smith, for a very big favor.

This story was recorded during our StoryCorps Griot campaign.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue February 17, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Joan Vrooman On Her Three Decades As A Columnist

Matthew Rehbein and his grandmother Joan Vrooman at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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In 1962, Joan Vrooman was 33 and recently divorced. She had four children to take care of and needed a job.

Vrooman learned about an opening as a newspaper writer during a visit to the unemployment office. She applied and ended up working for the Cortland Standard in New York for nearly three decades.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Vrooman told her grandson Matthew Rehbein how an assignment on the 1964 New York World’s Fair inspired her to start a long-running humor column.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Nancy Boatwright On Her Grandfather's Frightening Encounter

Juliana Boatwright Taylor and Nancy Boatwright at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Nancy Boatwright grew up hearing stories of her grandparents, the Conlans. They lived in the small town of Clarksville, Texas, where their Catholic faith was sometimes seen as different.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Nancy told her daughter Juliana about how it eventually led to a confrontation with a group of men.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Brooks Andrews On His 'Healing Journey'

Brook Andrews and Jill Davis at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Brooks Andrews is a recently retired pastor at the same Japanese Baptist church in Seattle where his father once preached. His father was with the church when the government ordered the forced internment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Brooks was only a small child during the beginning of the war, but he remembers how the internment changed his family’s life, as he explained to his daughter, Jill Davis, in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.

One program note: This story includes racially insensitive language.

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