StoryCorps Austin

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The StoryCorps mobile booth has returned to Austin to record more stories of Central Texans. We're airing some of those stories on Mondays  during Morning Edition and archiving them here.

Thank you to our sponsors of StoryCorps’ 2018 visit to Austin: CapMetro and We Are Blood.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.  

Lucille Harrell recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with Joni Rogers, a longtime family friend. Joni asked Lucille, who is 93, to talk a little about  growing up in Victoria, Texas during the Depression.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin last month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Timothy Hobbs and his wife Donna Walker-Nixon shared a conversation in the mobile booth while it was in Austin. They’re both authors, but they typically don’t read each other’s work. While in the StoryCorps booth, they took the opportunity to talk a bit about their writing habits.  

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin last month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Chad Seales recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with his wife Emily. Adopted into a loving family as a baby, Chad had no interest in seeking out his birth parents for forty years. But recently, he made the decision to find out more about his biological family.

 

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Lacey Saye and Caroline Kittelson have been best friends since meeting at school in the small town of Celeste, Texas, more than twenty-five years ago. They recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about their long history and their friendship, and while there, they discovered that they can still learn new things about each other.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Amelia Lewis recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her ex-husband, Carlo Bligh. Though the two are no longer married, they remain friends and have dedicated themselves to co-parenting their young daughter, Carolina.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Deborah White recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her daughter Trinity, to share some advice and some reflections on love and marriage.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Margaret Koch and her good friend Rachel Santos-Ramirez work together at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They sat down together in the StoryCorps mobile booth recently, where Margaret asked Rachel to share some family memories.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Melinda Cantu and Coni Huntsman Stogner are longtime best friends and also co-vice presidents at the SAFE Alliance, which was created when SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter merged about a year ago. They recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about their work, their children, and what it means for them to be feminists in 2018.

  

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Husband and wife Scott Hamilton and Susan Diamond recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with their seven-year-old son, Teo, and remembered the first time they met him and how he became a part of their family.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Judge Harriet Murphy is a longtime advocate for civil rights and a member of the National Bar Association Hall of Fame; in 1973 she became the first African-American woman to be appointed to a judgeship in the State of Texas, and her memoirs, There All The Honor Lies, will be published later this year by the University of Texas Press. She recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her friend Anita Dabney to share memories of her life and career.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Colonel Dan Johnston recently sat down with his son Mike and shared some memories of his time in Vietnam and of finding peace and healing decades later.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Justin and Rachel Clemens sat down together in the StoryCorps booth recently and remembered the birth of their son Baylor.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Tu Russo was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1964, during the Vietnam War. Her father worked in the justice system there, and when Saigon fell in 1975, like many government employees, he was sent to jail, where he would remain for many years. In 1979, Tu, her sisters, and her mother left Vietnam, hoping to reach America. She shared the story of their voyage with her son, Ethan Russo.  

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Joe Shaffer, 85, recently sat down with his grandson, Jerry Smith. To Jerry, his grandparents are known as “Ayee” and BB. Ayee shared some memories and some advice.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Luis Cepeda recently sat down with his wife, Alejandra Lima, and talked about when Luis, then an undocumented immigrant, spent eight months in an ICE detention center.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

StoryCorps MobileBooth to park in front of Bullock History Museum for four weeks to record the stories of local residents

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 12, 2017 – StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Austin from Jan. 5 to Feb. 2, 2018 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

KUT 90.5 is bringing the StoryCorps Mobile Booth to Austin, Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, and you and a loved one are invited to record your story!

Courtesy of Hospice Austin

This week we’re partnering with Hospice Austin and StoryCorps to hear stories of loss – from people who have died and people who’ve lost someone close to them.

We hear from Jan Phillips, a grief therapist for Hospice Austin. Before coming to work for Hospice, Jan lost both her husband to cancer and her son to an accident.

She’s interviewed here by her friend and colleague Nancy McCranie.

Courtesy of Hospice Austin

This week, we’re partnering with Hospice Austin and StoryCorps to hear the stories of people whose lives have been touched by hospice care. Today, we hear from Sara and Tom Lucas. They lost their son Will to cancer at age eight.

They spoke with Renee Bradford Garcia.

Courtesy of Hospice Austin

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

This week, we’re partnering with Hospice Austin and StoryCorps to hear the stories of people affected by hospice care – the people who have been lost and those who have lost someone.

We begin today with 19-year-old Logan Brewster. He was in hospice care at the end of his battle with cancer. He spoke with Hospice Austin volunteer Tracey Weston shortly before his death.

StoryCorps was back in Austin in November, recording the stories of Central Texas veterans as part of their Military Voices Initiative.

Brooke and Clayton Hergert, who are both veterans, have been married almost eight years now and have two young sons. Their love story began in 2005, halfway across the world. While serving in Afghanistan, Clayton, a Special Operations Force member, was surprised to meet his new Army pilot, Captain Brooke Taylor.  

StoryCorps was back in Austin in November, recording the stories of Central Texas veterans as part of their Military Voices Initiative.

Jeffrey Moe recently shared his story with his friend Brandon Barrera. Jeffrey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002, serving as an Arabic linguist during deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.  

StoryCorps was back in Austin in November, recording the stories of Central Texas veterans as part of their Military Voices Initiative.

Adam Wagner recently shared his story with StoryCorps facilitator Sylvie Lubow. Adam served in the U.S. Marines for 11 years, including several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan starting in 2003. During and after his time in active duty, he has found strength in his wife Katie.  

Jae Kwon on Getting Used to Military Life

Dec 27, 2015

StoryCorps was back in Austin in November, recording the stories of Central Texas veterans as part of their Military Voices Initiative.

Jae Kwon recently shared his story with StoryCorps facilitator Sylvie Lubow. Jae joined the navy after high school and became a hospital corpsman, a job better known to many as “medic.” He was stationed to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, an infantry battalion, and was sent with them to Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.  

Audrey Hukari recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her friend Megan Trout, who works as a hospice chaplain. While Megan loves her job and feels that she has found her calling in her life, she didn’t enter the seminary planning to work with the dying. 

 

Lu Zeidan met her friend Qusay Hussein through her work with refugees at Interfaith Action of Central Texas, and they recently sat down together in the StoryCorps mobile booth. In 2006, when he was 17, Qusay was playing volleyball with three brothers and some friends in Mosul, Iraq, when a car bomb was detonated at the court. Dozens were hurt and 16 people were killed in the explosion. Qusay was severely injured, and later taken to a U.S. Army base for treatment. There, he was unconscious for twelve days, during which his family thought he was dead.  

Esther Garza and her fiance Patrick Brickley had a conversation recently in the StoryCorps mobile booth. They talked about topics including their family histories and the coincidences they've experienced over the years. They also talked about Esther's health. Nine years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer and is now classified as N.E.D., or No Evidence of Disease. In this section of their conversation, she shares a story of finding the strength she needed to deal with the disease.

Patrick and Marjorie Flanagan recently had a conversation in the StoryCorps mobile booth. Ten years ago, Marjorie was living in New Orleans and working as an art teacher at a public high school. After Hurricane Katrina, she relocated to Texas.

Naomi Hanser recently interviewed her mother Suzette in the StoryCorps mobile booth, and Suzette shared many stories about her family. Her Polish father and French mother fell in love in Paris 100 years ago; he came to America in 1915 and she followed in 1916. By the early days of World War II, when Suzette was a child, they were living in New York and hoping to hear from their family members still in France.

Steven Webb and his husband Jeremy Stubbs recently had a conversation in the StoryCorps mobile booth. They talked about their lives growing up, their experiences coming out to their families, and their time together, including their recent wedding.  

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