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
7:44 am
Tue August 25, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: 'The Highlight Was When I Met Paul Newman'

Claire Francell, left, tells her daughter, Mary Francell-Sharfstein, about events from her life.
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Claire Francell was born to lower-middle class Irish immigrants in a small Massachusetts town.

At 85, her life has seen profound dedication to school, family, causes and careers.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth, she tells her daughter, Mary, about her start ...  and an exciting career hiatus she took as a young lady.    

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

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StoryCorps
6:00 am
Tue August 18, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Remembering 'Sassy' Grandmother 'Sissy'

Cousins Jessica Evans and Jasmine Johnson talked about their grandmother in the StoryCorps booth.
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Cousins Jasmine Johnson and Jessica Evans grew up together in several parts of the country, including Frankfurt, Kentucky.  Along with their siblings, they were raised under the warm yet watchful eye of their grandmother whom they called "Sissy."  

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, they could scarcely contain their joy recalling a river of candid memories about her.  

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 August 11, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: ‘I Had The Power To Change That Hurt’

Trey Morrison and his father, Kenneth Morrison Jr., talked in the StoryCorp Atlanta booth.
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In 1991, at Robert E. Lee high school in Midland, Texas, Kenneth Morrison was called upon to make a decision. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth, he tells his son Trey about it and how – 24 years later – in different parts of the country, others are being asked the same question.

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 August 4, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: A Teacher Finds Calling In The Want Ads

Carolyn and Steve Moore were interviewed at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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With most of metro Atlanta returning to school this week, we bring you the story of Steve Moore, a history teacher going on his 27th school year.

As he tells his wife, Carolyn, though, the first handful of years at the front of the class left him discouraged – until some integral turning points. 

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 July 28, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: One Woman’s Surprise Cheering Section

Sherry Guerrero and Shae Trotter told their story at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Sherry Guerrero grew up in an academically-focused household, but she was an energetic child who developed a natural love of athletics. For many years though, she felt that something was missing. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta Booth she tells friend Shae Trotter about a day she’ll never forget…

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 July 21, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: The Story Behind A Woman’s Love Of Books

Christina McClelland with her mother-in-law, Kathy McClelland
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When we reflect upon our lives, we reminisce, remember and relate. 

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Kathy McClelland talks about her love of literature, her father as a doctor and life after her parents' sudden divorce. She is speaking here (above) with her daughter-in-law Christina McClelland. 

Kathy McClelland reading some of her father's poems to her daughter-in-law, Christina: 

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 July 14, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: An Attorney Remembers Her Mother

Killa Marti and her husband Ivan Marti talk about Killa Marti’s mother at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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Killa Marti is an immigration attorney in Atlanta. Her mother was a lawyer, as well, practicing for more than three decades in their native country of Honduras, which was cited last year by the U.N. as one of the world’s most dangerous nations.

Several years ago, Marti's mother was gunned down while being driven in her car. In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Marti talks with her husband, Ivan Marti, about the incident and her mother’s legacy as a lawyer. 

This story was recorded in partnership with Lutheran Services of Georgia. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Thu July 2, 2015

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
7:44 am
Tue June 30, 2015

StoryCorps Atlanta: Playboy Club Job 'Hardest Thing I Ever Did'

Roger Swims with his mother, Betty Swims-Gray, at StoryCorps Atlanta.
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In her early 20s, Betty Swims-Gray had four children but not much in the way of support or opportunity.  It was the early 1960s, and she was a single mother. 

Recently, her son Roger Swims brought her to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about what that was like.

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 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 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
7:45 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
7:45 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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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 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
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
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 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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