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StoryCorps Atlanta

StoryCorps Atlanta

From WABE 90.1

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.

Most Recent Episodes

From An Early Age, Her Fight For Gender Equality 'Persisted'

Seventy-year-old Jan Pratt was born in 1947 and raised in small mill towns throughout Lancashire, England. She had no interest in what traditional careers were deemed appropriate for women at the time, yet as a female, there were obstacles and glass ceilings. But, as we hear her tell her daughter, Franny Mulderig, she persisted. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth. Like us on Facebook

A Mother Talks Openly About Tough Times

Emilia Roman-Torres was 20 years old when she had her first child. Like us on Facebook The father was not in the picture, and she would be a young, single mother. She's now 44 years old and around 10 years ago moved her family from Puerto Rico to Atlanta. In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she and her eldest — Anthony, now 24 – speak candidly about how his presence has changed her life. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

Atlanta Woman Finds 'Opportunity No. 3' In A Letter

81-year-old Anna Belle Illien is admittedly "not one to pass up opportunities." She has had several careers throughout the decades — from a French teacher, to an art gallery owner, to an adoption agent. The adoption agency she runs began after her own successful adoption of a child from India in the late '70s. She has three adopted children and recently sat down with her youngest, 33-year-old Juliana, whose birth parents approached Anna Belle's agency. Here is Anna Belle describing the formation

94-Year-Old Native Atlantan Remembers Old Downtown

Margaret Jacobs was born in a small hospital on Mitchell Street in Downtown Atlanta in 1922. Like us on Facebook Now 94 years old and with a razor-sharp memory, she and her younger cousin Cecelya Taylor went to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about Jacobs' childhood and her parents. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

Atlanta Man Remembers The Start Of A 63-Year-Long Romance

On Sunday families across the country celebrated moms near and far, both present and those that have passed. In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Bill Hagan talks with his middle son, Mark Hagen, about his late wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen Hagen. He lovingly recalls stories about Mark's mother and begins with his fondest memory back from his senior year at Notre Dame in 1951. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth. Like us on

Facing A Life-Threatening Infection, An Atlanta Nurse Looks Back

This past weekend marked the start of National Nurses Week, and with that, StoryCorps bring you the story of Brandi Lowe. Like us on Facebook For most of Lowe's career, she's been both a nurse and a patient. At 22 she was diagnosed with an autoimmune deficiency. Because of the deficiency that last summer she contracted a very rare – and potentially fatal – fungal infection in her lungs and respiratory system. At the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Lowe spoke with her older sister Lee Ann Gamble about

'Moonlight' Inspires Atlanta Man To Open Up About His Past

Boyfriends Shawn Moore and Daniel Edwards have been together for about a year and a half. Recently, the couple went to see the movie "Moonlight," about an impoverished boy growing up amidst substance abuse. Seeing the film stirred Moore, and compelled him to open up in a way he never had before. This prompted a trip to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, where the couple discussed how Shawn's relationship with his parents has affected him as an adult. This story was recorded in partnership with the

Atlanta Woman Witnessed History During Cuban Election

Connie Alonso was living in Cuba, when a chance encounter made her a witness to history. It was 1952, an election year in Cuba, but a coup left Fulgencio Batista in power until the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Like us on Facebook At the time, Connie worked overnight as a switchboard operator at the National Hotel in Havana before heading to her part time job with the Carlos Hevia, the Cuban foreign minister who was running for president. Connie, now 91 years old, talked with her friend Douglas

Atlanta Man Overcomes The 'Darkest Time' Of His Mental Illness

When Will Reynolds was growing up – around 3rd grade – his mom noticed he seemed less happy and more anxious. She took him to different doctors and therapists, but it wasn't until he was 16 years old that he was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder. Reynolds remembered what those early teenage years were like with his mom, Terri Sellers, in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth. Like us on Facebook

Keeping Up The Fight In The Face Of Chemo

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday of 2014, Scott Davis found out he had colorectal cancer. On New Year's Eve he underwent surgery that led to a series of unforeseen events. Today he speaks with his wife of 17 years as they look back on a pretty trying time. This story was recorded in partnership with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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