StoryCorps

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
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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
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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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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:55 am
Tue January 14, 2014

StoryCorps: Kim and DeJah Ault

Kim and DeJah Ault at StoryCorps.

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.

In the StoryCorps booth, Kim told her daughter DeJah about how the genre reflected both the good and the bad times in her neighborhood.

This story was recorded in partnership with CDF: A Collective Action Initiative and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:55 am
Tue January 7, 2014

StoryCorps: Patricia LaGloria Spence and JeJuan Stewart

JeJuan Stewart and Patricia LaGloria Spence at StoryCorps.

From the time she was in first grade, Patricia LaGloria 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 StoryCorps booth, Patricia told her daughter JeJuan Stewart about her first year.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:52 am
Tue December 31, 2013

StoryCorps: Melissa & Myke Johns

Melissa, Alexander and Myke Johns at StoryCorps Atlanta
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You may be familiar with the work of radio producer Myke Johns here on WABE.

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.

A note: The acronym "NICU" refers to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Melissa starts the story.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

StoryCorps: Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr

Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr at StoryCorps.

Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr are sisters from a family of 12. Growing up, the Hynes family always made meal times a centerpiece of their holiday celebrations.

At StoryCorps, the two sisters spoke about their traditions and what made this year’s Christmas gathering so special. Julie began their conversation.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:55 am
Tue December 17, 2013

StoryCorps: Jessica Smith, Dominique Merchant & Sia Foday

Dominique Merchant, Sia Foday and Jessica Smith at StoryCorps.

Jessica Smith, Dominique Merchant and Sia Foday met at camp New Hope. It’s a camp for young people living with Sickle Cell Anemia, a disease that causes a wide array of health problems. The three friends are now in their twenties and working as counselors at New Hope. In the StoryCorps booth, the three friends talked about the struggles that their illness caused early in their lives. Dominque began their conversation.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

StoryCorps: Curtis and Michelle Browder

Curtis Browder and Michelle Browder

Curtis Browder grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and as a child played with one of the girls who was killed in the 1963 16th Street church bombing. In the StoryCorps booth, Curtis told his daughter Michelle about an early experience that he had as a prison chaplain that tested his faith. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

StoryCorps: John Hornbeck and Jackie Hornbeck-Wall

Jackie Hornbeck-Wall and John Hornbeck at StoryCorps

John Hornbeck has 6 grandchildren, and he has written lullabies for each child. Hornbeck was a high school chorus director for many years, but his interest in singing wasn’t always so serious. In the StoryCorps booth, John told his daughter Jackie the story of how he first joined his high school’s chorus.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:02 am
Tue November 26, 2013

StoryCorps: Nicole Parker & Kiplyn Primus

Nicole Parker and Kiplyn Primus at StoryCorps

A troubled relationship with her mother led Nicole Parker to run away from home to attend college. Although her tuition was paid for by an ROTC scholarship, she knew she could never go back home. In the StoryCorps booth, Nicole told her friend Kiplyn Primus about the challenges that presented once the holidays rolled around. 

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
8:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

StoryCorps: Alexandre Proia and Jillian Mitchell

Alexandre Proia and Jillian Mitchell at StoryCorps

Alexandre Proia is the artistic director of the Georgia Ballet. However, his path to a life in dance was by no means always certain, as Alexandre’s earliest years were marked by a medical condition that made physical movement difficult.

At StoryCorps, he told his friend and fellow dancer Jillian Mitchell about his childhood and the events that made dance a possibility.

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

StoryCorps: Joseph & Gabriela Gonzalez

Gabriela Gonzales, Joseph Gonzales and their daughter, Gabriela, at StoryCorps
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  From a young age, Joseph Gonzalez wanted to be an airplane pilot—but achieving that dream took years of steady effort, working from the ground up. In Atlanta's StoryCorps booth, Joseph and his wife Gabriela shared the story of how Joseph reached his goal—which they considered to be a family achievement. They spoke with their daughter, also named Gabriela.   

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

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue November 5, 2013

StoryCorps: Lonnie Millman and Ruth Anna

Lonnie Millman, Barry Millman, and Ruth Anna.

Lonnie Millman is the youngest of three siblings, and growing up, she always looked up to her oldest brother, Stan. Lonnie spoke to her niece Ruth Anna three days after his passing about how Stan was a supportive presence in times when she really needed it.  

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:45 am
Tue October 29, 2013

StoryCorps: Karen Helms Ward and Sarah Ward

Karen Helms Ward was born in the United States shortly after World War II. Growing up, the conflict rarely crossed her mind. 

However, when her husband Charles got a job in The Hague years later, she joined him, and while there, she made an unexpected connection.

Karen recently spoke to her daughter Sarah about the experience. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
10:31 am
Tue October 8, 2013

StoryCorps: Safiyah Pankey and Kristen Obaranec

Safiyah Pankey is a member involvement coordinator at the Decatur Family YMCA, where she has worked since 1999.

Before moving to the South, Safiyah lived in Queens, NY, where she found herself on welfare and struggling to provide for her children.

Safiyah recently spoke with her colleague Kristen Obaranec about some of her earliest memories in New York.

This story was recorded in partnership with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

StoryCorps: Maru Gonzalez & Anneliese Singh

When Maru Gonzalez first started her work as a school counselor, she had little experience with the LGBTQ community.

However, when she found out how some of the gay-identified students in her school were treated, she felt compelled to do something.

She began volunteering at Atlanta’s YouthPride, a center that provides a safe environment for LGBTQ youth. Maru spoke with her friend Anneliese Singh about an interesting moment early on in her volunteer work. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:35 am
Tue September 24, 2013

StoryCorps: James Greason & Ruben Brown

James Greason and Ruben Brown at StoryCorps Atlanta

James Greason has been a dedicated volunteer to the Atlanta Red Cross since 1996. From the Olympics to Hurricane Katrina, the 91-year-old Mr. Greason has provided his relief services a countless number of times. 

He recently spoke with Red Cross staff member Ruben Brown about an event that he remembers quite well.  

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:35 am
Tue September 17, 2013

StoryCorps: James Ruiz & Yusef Aziz

Yusef Aziz and James Ruiz at StoryCorps Atlanta
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  From an early age, James Ruiz enjoyed playing just about any sport that involved a ball. In middle school, he focused his attention on basketball, and now he’s a high school player with big dreams.

He spoke with his mentor, professional basketball player Yusef  Aziz, about what keeps him motivated.

This story was recorded in partnership with Back 2 Basics Kids Foundation, and with the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

StoryCorps: Estela Martinez

Jerry Gonzalez and Estela Martinez at StoryCorps Atlanta
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 Estela Martinez was nine years old when her family came to the United States. Growing up, her family didn’t talk much about their immigration status.

But then in high school, Estela found herself speaking up more and more—on her own behalf, and also for others. At StoryCorps, Jerry Gonzalez asked her about that time.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. StoryCorps Atlanta comes to you in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio. 

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