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.
  • Tuesday during City Café between 12-1 p.m.
  • Friday during Morning Edition between 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:20 am
Tue August 26, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Cecilia Sáenz Becerra and Taryn Jordan

Taryn Jordan and Cecilia Saenz at StoryCorps Atlanta

Cecilia Sáenz Becerra and Taryn Jordan first met while doing political activist work in Tucson, Arizona in 2007. The two eventually began dating, and have supported each other through the coming out process. In the StoryCorps booth, Cecilia asked Taryn what it felt like the first time she told her she loved her. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue August 19, 2014

StoryCorps: Bobbi Patterson and Vichon Wilborn

Bobbi Patterson and Vichon Wilborn at StoryCorps

Bobbi Patterson has been researching her family history for years, and she has been able to trace her ancestry back many generations. She now shares this information with her relatives, including her grandchildren. In the StoryCorps booth, Bobbi told her granddaughter, Vichon Wilborn, about the person who inspired her research, her father Alf Crenshaw. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue August 12, 2014

StoryCorps: Varinder Punia and Erika Rees

Varinder Punia and Erika Rees at StoryCorps.

Varinder Punia and Erika Rees came to StoryCorps to talk about their relationship as an interracial couple. Varinder was born in India, and comes from a traditional Sikh family, while Erika comes from a Swedish-Polish family in the American Midwest. In the StoryCorps booth, the couple recalled the beginnings of their relationship. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue August 5, 2014

StoryCorps: Juan and Kari Sans

Juan Sans, Diana Guyton and Kari Sans.

Juan and Kari Sans first met in the military in the late 1980’s. At first, Kari had little interest in Juan, but he was very interested in getting to know her better. In the StoryCorps booth, Juan told his niece, Diana Guyton, about a time before they started dating, when he saw Kari in a pizza parlor.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue July 29, 2014

StoryCorps: Elizabeth Clark and Lowanda Higgins

Elizbeth Clark and Lowanda Higgins at StoryCorps.

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, social activist John Calhoun. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue July 22, 2014

StoryCorps: Peggy and Bill Comin

Bill and Peggy Comin at StoryCorps

From a very young age, Peggy Comin 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 StoryCorps booth, Peggy started by telling her husband, Bill Comin, about the incident that caused her disability.

Peggy is currently writing a memoir about her life's experiences. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

StoryCorps: Kathi Martin & Shana Hunt

Kathi Martin and Shana Hunt at StoryCorps.

Kathi Martin grew up with a pastor father, and she also chose a life as a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal church.  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.   

This story was recorded in partnership with the Clarkson Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library, as well as the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

StoryCorps: Constance Folsom and Halle Smith

Constance Folsom and Halle Smith at StoryCorps.

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.

This story was recorded in partnership with EAGLE 7 and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue July 1, 2014

StoryCorps: Ian and Carlos Moreno

Carlos and Ian Moreno at StoryCorps

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.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
11:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

StoryCorps: Nan and Christopher Kennedy

Nan and Christopher Kennedy at StoryCorps.

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.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

StoryCorps: Marcia Meisel and Denise Spiegel

Denise Spiegel and Marcia Meisel at StoryCorps.

Marcia Meisel 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.  

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue June 10, 2014

StoryCorps: Parys and Terence Grigsby

Parys and Terrence Grigsby at StoryCorps.

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. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue June 3, 2014

StoryCorps: Binbin Chen

Binbin Chen and Melissa Terry at StoryCorps.

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.  

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue May 27, 2014

StoryCorps: Judy Linzie

Judy Linzie (middle) and her daughers Amy Linzie and Kelly Hamby in the StoryCorps Booth.

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. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue May 20, 2014

StoryCorps: Masahiro Ishigami

Masahiro Ishigami and Song Seto in the StoryCorps booth.

38-year-old Masahiro "Masa" Ishigami  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.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue May 13, 2014

StoryCorps: Jay, Beth and Sara Berkelhamer

Beth, Jay and Sara Berkelhamer at StoryCorps Atlanta.

In honor of Mother's Day, here is a story of one mother who is admired by her family. Jackie Berkelhamer sent her husband, Jay, and their two daughters to StoryCorps to talk about his career. However, the conversation quickly took a different focus. In the StoryCorps booth, Beth and Sara Berkelhamer asked their father about his relationship with Jackie, and their long life together.

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 May 6, 2014

StoryCorps: Ellie Hartman and Mary Bethany Vincent

Until recently, Ellie Hartman and Mary Bethany Vincent were volleyball players for rival high schools in Atlanta.

Ellie played for Westminster, while Mary Bethany played for Lovett. In 2012, both teams made it to the state championship.

Lovett won the game, and this caused the competitiveness between the two girls to only intensify. However, as they entered their senior year, they found themselves playing for the same team in an extracurricular volleyball league.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

StoryCorps: Nicholas Church and Reese McCranie

Reese McCranie and Nicholas Church at StoryCorps Atlanta.

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.

He landed in the small town of Cashiers, North Carolina for the summer, where he met Reese McCranie. The two quickly developed feelings for each other, and a romantic relationship ensued. When the summer was over, Nicholas returned to the UK.

Recently in Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth, Reese explained what happened next, picking up the story in his college years.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue April 8, 2014

StoryCorps: Angela Ellis and Arletta Brinson

Arletta Brinson and Angela Ellis at StoryCorps.

Last month, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city is putting Underground Atlanta up for sale, citing that the property is a financial strain.  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.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue April 1, 2014

StoryCorps: Angela and Ivan DeQuesada

Ivan and Angela DeQuesada at StoryCorps.

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.

The coupe's daughter Charlotte was born this January.  This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

StoryCorps: Brian Chapin & Susan Fassnacht

Brian Chapin and Susan Fasshacht at StoryCorps Atlanta
Credit StoryCorps

This is a story about chance, and how, sometimes, sheer luck brings us into some of the most powerful moments of our lives.

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.

This story was brought to you in partnership with the Atlanta History Center and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

StoryCorps: Clayton Sherrod and Erin Robbins

Erin Robbins and Clayton Sherrod at StoryCorps.

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 Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham. In the StoryCorps booth, Clayton told Erin Robbins about how this temporary job turned into a lifelong career. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:55 am
Tue March 11, 2014

StoryCorps: Lanvester Jackson and Arletta Brinson

Arletta Brinson and Lanvester Jackson at StoryCorps Atlanta.

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.  In the StoryCorps booth, Lanvester told his friend Arletta Brinson about how the organ shaped his childhood. 

It was actually his father who got Lanvester that first organ. This story was recorded in partnership with Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

StoryCorps: Eloise Litz and David Oliver

David Oliver and Eloise Litz at StoryCorps.

Eloise Litz 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 StoryCorps booth, her grandson David Oliver asked her about both music and marriage. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:51 am
Tue February 25, 2014

StoryCorps: Fahamu Pecou

Fahamu, Ngozi and Oji Nyasa Pecou at StoryCorps.

Fahamu Pecou is a visual artist whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions around the world. He is also a father. In the StoryCorps booth, Fahamu told his 11 year old daughter, Oji Nyasa, and 5 year old son, Ngozi, about the role family plays in his work.

Pecou's art has appeared in exhibitions in New York, Paris and Switzerland. This story was recorded in partnership with Burnaway, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing critical coverage and dialogue about arts in Atlanta, as well as the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

StoryCorps: Brent, Julie and David Brough

David, Brent and Julie Brough at StoryCorps.

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.  They got by on a diet of cheap hamburgers and slept in a park in the college town of St. George, Utah.  In the StoryCorps booth, he told his wife Julie and their son David about this time in his life. David started the conversation.  

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:35 am
Tue February 11, 2014

StoryCorps: Betty Castellani & Susan Smith

Susan Smith and Betty Castellini at StoryCorps in 2011

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.

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.

The Atlanta History Center hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

StoryCorps: Deborah Lott-Barnes

Kaneta Lott-Cuffie, Patricia Zeigler-Jeter and Deborah Lott-Barnes at StoryCorps
Credit StoryCorps

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.

This story was recorded in partnership with Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum. To celebrate their current exhibit, Romare Bearden’s “A Black Odyssey,” the museum is inviting members of the public to come to StoryCorps to tell describe their own personal odysseys.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:55 am
Tue January 28, 2014

StoryCorps: Sabrina and Cashelle Ross

Cashelle and Sabrina Ross in the StoryCorps Booth.

Sabrina Ross was 15 years old when she became pregnant with her daughter, Cashelle. In the StoryCorps 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.  

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.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:47 am
Tue January 21, 2014

StoryCorps: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. and Carolyn Daniel

Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. and Carolyn Daniel.

Yesterday the nation celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. day, and today we have a story about someone impacted by King. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. is the founding dean of King Chapel at Morehouse College, and in the StoryCorps booth he talked with facilitator Carolyn Daniel about his long road to success. He began by telling about the time he first felt racial prejudice, which was during his childhood in the 1940’s in Dawson, Georgia.

    

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

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