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Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given more than 450,000 people — Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, in towns and cities in all 50 states — the chance to record interviews about their lives. As part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour, StoryCorps recorded interviews in Oklahoma City from February 8th to March 9th, 2018. Listen to some of those stories here.
||Clean'Is This What I Want to Be Doing For The Rest of My Life?': Changing Careers To Fight Homelessness||On April 19, 1995, Dan Straughan went to work at the Federal Reserve Bank in Oklahoma City, just across from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He wasn’t a victim of the bombing, but that day, the impact, changed his life forever. He came to the S||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Getting High Didn't Make Anything Better': A Mother And Daughter Look Toward A Hopeful Future||Jaimee Lee and her 12-year-old daughter Melissa are getting a fresh start with ReMerge, a prison diversion program for women and mothers. Jaimee has struggled with addiction for years. When she and Melissa visited the StoryCorps mobile booth, they had a||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'How Did You Find Out About Being Black?': Growing Up In The South During The Sixties||In this week’s StoryCorps episode, Cynthia Calloway and her husband Roosevelt. They grew up on the opposite sides of Florida and had very different childhood experiences as young African American kids in the 1960s. They came to the StoryCorps mobile b||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOklahoma Veteran Makes Sure Fallen Soldiers Have a Little Piece of Home||Michael Beach and his adopted grandfather Bill Freeman of Maysville came to the Oklahoma City mobile booth to talk about their shared experiences as veterans of the Navy. And Michael tells Bills about remembering his own grandfather and his quest to mak||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoore Tornado Survivors Revisit That Fateful Day||It’s been five years since a second deadly EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma. Vicki Hudoba lost her home in that tornado. She and her daughter Nicole Moore came to the Oklahoma City StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about that day in 2013 and how hold||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Mom Finds Herself Again After Returning From Iraq||For much of her adult life, Jennifer Mack has had two primary roles, as a single mother and as a member of the military. She and her daughter Whitney Cotten came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City to talk about how sometimes those roles hav||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'There Was No End To The Dirt': A Tale of Dust Bowl Survival||Eighty-six-year-old George Hill's family mastered frontier survival skills. When his father was born prematurely in 1889, his grandmother made an incubator out of their wood stove. So, when George was born in the Texas panhandle in the middle of the dep||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPride In Being The Daughter of Vietnamese Immigrants||When refugees arrive in the United States, they spend many of the early years trying to understand the culture, find a job and build a life. But what happens a generation later? How do they pass on the legacy of survival and grit to their children? Mich||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Father And Son's Evolving Relationship||Relationships with parents often change in adulthood. Jeff and Blaze McKenzie, father and son, visited the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City and reflected on their evolving relationship. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dust||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParents Navigate Childhood Leukemia||There are points in life that can force or inspire a change of course. Even though he’s a spunky and scrappy 9-year-old today, when Jason and Vanessa Hart heard that their son had cancer... in an instant, everything changed. This story was produced fo||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Texan & A Kurd Found Love, Then Had To Tell Their Family||Jonathan Jackson was working as a contractor in Erbil, in the northern part of Iraq…not exactly the place most people would find love. When Jonathan first saw Rigien Bagekany, he thought she was the coffee lady, not his counterpart in the meeting. But||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|