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StoryCorps Atlanta

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters.

Make your StoryCorps Reservation today!

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.

Since 2003, over 80,000 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 in Atlanta.

When can I hear StoryCorps on WABE? 

  • Tuesday during Morning Edition at 7:43 a.m. and 9:43 a.m.
  • Friday during Morning Edition at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Where can I find out more about StoryCorps Atlanta?

Listen to more stories from Atlanta, and get news and updates about local StoryCorps events and recordings here.

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StoryCorps Atlanta

Sisters Jen Geist and Mary Beth Hebert grew up in Louisiana. They cherish each other in a way that only siblings of a shared experience can.

When talking about their father, who passed away when they were young, they describe him as loving and warm. Their mother, though, they say suffered from a borderline personality disorder, admittedly never wanted children.

When they got together in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, they share some revealing facts about their upbringing and talk about Geist's own motherhood.

StoryCorps Atlanta

Sickle cell anemia is a rare disorder that targets red blood cells. It causes extreme fatigue, physical pain, and an array of infections. Currently there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed.

Lakiea Bailey was diagnosed with it when she was just 3 years old. Now at 38, she has achieved what many might think is impossible for someone with her condition.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her mother, Doris Bailey, about the power of perseverance and is reminded about her mother’s approach to keeping her healthy following the diagnosis.

StoryCorps Atlanta

Anne Peterle realized her love for puppeteering back in college as a theater major. Since then, her passion has made for some pretty memorable experiences.

One such occasion was auditioning in New York City and subsequently spending a month workshopping in one of the industry’s most coveted environments. Here she is talking with her daughter, Margaret Brooks.

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

StoryCorps Atlanta

As we step into 2017, we think back to the successful 10-year affiliation we’ve had with StoryCorps.

It began back in 2006 when WABE brought the StoryCorps mobile booth to Atlanta. Then came the StoryCorps Griot initiative in 2007. Today we’re one of three public radio stations in the country with a permanent booth, hosted by our partners over at the Atlanta History Center.

Early in the history of StoryCorps Atlanta, we were warmed by the presence of Lillie Love. She was a StoryCorps facilitator sitting in and helping as needed as participants told their stories.

StoryCorps Atlanta

Brothers Paul and Hank Barnes – 87 and 95 years old respectively – grew up on a 1,000-acre farm in Warm Springs, Georgia that has been in their family since 1832.

Paul's grandson, Clifford, brought the brothers to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to learn more about the workings of the family farm and what Christmas was like for them in this bygone era.

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

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