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.

Where can I find out more about StoryCorps Atlanta?

Listen to more stories from Atlanta, and get news and updates about local StoryCorps events and recordings here.

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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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StoryCorps Atlanta
9:45 am
Tue January 13, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'I Just Started Dreaming'

Martha Hawkins and Jada Harris at StoryCorps.

Nearly 30 years ago, Martha Hawkins had four boys to feed and says that she was living on welfare with no plans and no dreams. She suffered from serious depression and became suicidal. And she says it was being admitted into a mental institute that helped her turn her life around. In the StoryCorps booth, Martha told Jada Harris about how it was at Greil Psychiatric Hospital in Montgomery that she realized what she wanted to do in life.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Merridee Michelsen On Her "Prince Charming" Father

Merridee and Kyle Michelsen at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Kyle Michelsen and his mother Merridee have always been close. Kyle says he learned compassion from the way that his mother raised his brothers and him. In the StoryCorps booth, he asked his mother where she first gained her own sense of compassion.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:04 am
Tue December 30, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: "Your Children Are Next to my Heart"

Civia Yellin and Denise Tremmel at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Growing up, Denise Tremmel recalls witnessing the close friendship between her mother and their neighbor, Civia Yellin. Later, Civia moved to Florida, but family tragedy would bring her and Denise back together. It started when Civia’s husband was diagnosed with cancer.

In the StoryCorps booth, she explained to Denise what happened when her son came to visit with his wife and newborn child. 

Civia adopted Denise and her children as her own. 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 December 23, 2014

H. Johnson at StoryCorps Atlanta: "Jazz for me, is Medicinal"

H Johnson and Audrey Shakir at StoryCorps Atlanta.

You may know H. Johnson as the host of both Jazz Classics and Blues Classics right here on WABE.  But what you may not know is that H. is a musician himself. In the StoryCorps booth, he spoke with friend and fellow musician Audrey Shakir about their love of jazz throughout the years.

2014 was H. Johnson’s 35th year with WABE. 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 December 16, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Andrew Young And Tara Varzi

Andrew Young and Tara Varzi at StoryCorps Atlanta.

You may know Andrew Young as a former Georgia Congressman, a United States ambassador to the United Nations, or as the 55th mayor of Atlanta.

At 82, Young has been involved in politics, public policy, and civil rights, but his life could have gone in a very different direction. 

In the StoryCorps booth, Young told 13-year-old Tara Varzi about his father’s hopes for his career path.

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 December 9, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Bert And Aaron Adams

Bert and Aaron Adams in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.

Bert Adams is a hiker who has walked the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. The trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, is more than 2,100 miles long. At the age of 67, Bert is passionate about hiking and introducing the activity to others.

Earlier this year, he and his 15-year-old grandson Aaron walked part of the Appalachian Trail: from Springer Mountain to Woody Gap, a 20 mile stretch in North Georgia. In the StoryCorps booth, Bert and Aaron reflected on their hike.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue December 2, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Orlah Rae and Ethan King

Ethan and Orlah Rae King at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Many elementary school teachers have stories about students with whom they grew especially close, but Orlah Rae King’s story is a little different.

King met two brothers, whose mother suffered from a debilitating combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, when they were young students at her school. Years after her own children had grown up and gone to college, she made a decision that would change their lives forever.

In the StoryCorps booth, Orlah told her son Ethan about the very first time she met the boys. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue November 25, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Cati Diamond Stone & Dalton Diamond

Dalton Diamond and Cati Diamond Stone at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Cati Diamond Stone was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

Her family quickly rallied to support her, and she prepared herself for what turned out be successful mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments. One thing she was not fully prepared for, however, was losing her hair.
In the StoryCorps booth, Cati told her father, Dalton Diamond, about going to work - shortly after starting treatment.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Karen Helms Ward And Sarah Ward

Karen Helms Ward and Sarah Ward at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Karen Helms Ward came of age in the early 1960’s… a turbulent time in America. 

She was working as an operator for the Bell Telephone Company, a kind of work that really has no modern equivalent.

In the StoryCorps booth, she told her daughter, Sarah, a couple of stories from that time.

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 November 4, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Angela and Hesham Starkey

Angela and Hesham Starkey at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Angela Starkey had given birth to four healthy children. But she wasn’t prepared for the premature arrival of her fifth son, Sam, due to a placental abruption—a rare, life-threatening occurrence in which the placenta breaks away from the uterine wall. In the StoryCorps booth, Angela talked with her husband, Hesham, about the unpredictable first few months of Sam’s life.  

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 October 28, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Jackson Chang and Cam Ashling

Cam Ashling and Jackson Chang at StoryCorps.

Jackson Chang considers himself to be an optimist, even as that’s been challenged with a diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer in 2013. When he received the diagnosis, he says his very first reaction was one of concern for his wife and his 6-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.

In the StoryCorps booth, Jackson told his friend, Cam Ashling, about how his cancer has affected his daughter.

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 October 21, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: 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 October 14, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: 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
7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Dan Holley and Debra Shoaf

Dan Holley and Debra Shoaf at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Dan Holley was in middle school in the 1940's when his father was bitten by a black widow. Dan had to drop out of school to take over the farm work. He would never return. However, he has always had a way with words. In his early twenties, he and a friend took a trip to Texas. On the way, he met the woman who would become his future wife. In the StoryCorps booth, Dan told his daughter Debra Shoaf about what happened.

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 September 30, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Ben Thomas and Courtney Slater

Courtney Slater and Ben Thomas at StoryCorps Atlanta

Ben Thomas and Courtney Slater met in college in 2002, and while they were both interested in dating each other, the timing was never right. After school, Ben and Courtney took divergent paths, got married to other people, and then divorced. They reconnected in 2012. In the StoryCorps booth, Courtney recounted how they found each other again.

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 September 16, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Jorge, Sophie & Elise Polo

Jorge Polo is an immigrant, but for the past 32 years, his family has called Georgia home. At StoryCorps, Jorge’s granddaughters—15-year-old Sophie and 12-year-old Elise–wanted to know what his own childhood in Colombia was like, and what it was like to come to the U.S. for the first time. 

Jorge worked as a chemical engineer until his retirement at age 65 in 2007. StoryCorps Atlanta stories are recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue September 9, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Andrew Katz

Daniel Horowitz Garcia and Andrew Katz at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Andrew Katz was 11 years old in 1964 when he and his mother took a summer vacation on the west coast. They started in Hollywood hoping to meet celebrities, but it wasn’t until they arrived at their hotel in San Francisco that they had an unexpected brush with fame.

In the StoryCorps booth, Andrew told Daniel Horowitz Garcia all about it.   

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 September 2, 2014

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 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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