StoryCorps Atlanta

StoryCorps is partnering with 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 50,000 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 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
7:40 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 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 23, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Adam Kaylor and Benjamin Carr

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
7:40 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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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
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 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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