StoryCorps: A Thankful Athens Special

Friday November 29th @1PM & Sunday December 1st @ Noon

The fifth special in a series of programs produced from StoryCorps' visit to Athens in the fall of 2018 has a Thanksgiving Holiday theme.  Enjoy these conversations recorded by StoryCorps and produced by WUGA.  These conversations produced in Athens will be archived in the Library of Congress.

Liz Smith and Maggie Holland say that the best thing about their friendship is their ability to communicate effectively with each other, and they certainly do that in this conversation. Here, Maggie and Liz talk about what makes them friends and what they appreciate about each other. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Fall of 2018. StoryCorps is part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people.

Athens StoryCorps:Rebekah and Philippa Hawker

Nov 22, 2019
Photo:StoryCorps

This conversation comes from Rebekah and her fiance Philippa Hawker. Rebekah grew up in Georgia, while Philipa grew up in California, here they discuss the stark differences in their experiences. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Fall of 2018. StoryCorps is part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people.

When Elena Bianchelli was a six-year-old girl in Italy, Pope John XXIII announced to the world that he would give first communion to just a few six and seven year olds. In this story, Elena tells her friend Dr. Anne Marie Vencill about her parents’ excited reactions to this news and how her first communion turned out to be memorable in more ways than one. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Fall of 2018. StoryCorps is part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people.

From an early age, Alice Hughes knew that she wanted to leave her small town in rural Alabama for the big country of Australia. In this story, Alice tells her friend Dr. Nancy Hart about the few years she spent living in the Australian Outback, what brought her there, and the adventures she experienced. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Fall of 2018. StoryCorps is part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people.

Yvette Lane-Walcott became friends with community advocate and teacher Valdon Daniel after he spent many hours tutoring her daughter in math. In this conversation, Yvette asks Valdon about how he became a math teacher and the employment difficulties he and his wife experienced when starting their careers. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Fall of 2018. StoryCorps is part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people.

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