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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 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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