StoryCorps: We Love Athens

Though each of us have our own tastes in music, food, and activities, this StoryCorps special is about the one thing we can all agree we love: Athens! You’ll hear from all kinds of members of our community from recent transplants to life-long residents. This station is proud to present StoryCorps Athens, a collection of interviews as part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people. These stories were recorded in Athens in the StoryCorps mobile booth during the Fall of 2018. This program is the final episode in our Athens StoryCorps project. All episodes are archived on wuga.org.

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This conversation comes from domestic violence victims advocate Sherri Tanner and her friend Becky Parker who talk about how Sherri became a public speaker and advocate for domestic abuse victims after experiencing abuse in her own life. 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: Suzanne Ward and Sarah Nitz

Dec 13, 2019
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Athens non-profit Project Safe is an organization that offers services to survivors of domestic violence. These next two stories come from women who were helped by Project Safe and who offer stories of hope for other victims. Here’s Suzanne Ward and her Project Safe advocate Sarah Nitz. 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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Books and children are extremely important to friends and children’s librarians Jackie Elsner and Evan Michael Bush, who speak about their love of storytelling and children’s literature. 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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Our next story comes from Books for Keeps Executive Director Leslie Hale and former director Melaney Smith, who came together to talk about the organization and the struggles of starting a non-profit. 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: Shea Post and Mary Kelly

Dec 13, 2019
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Executive Director Shea Post and Board member Mary Kelly with the Athens Area Homeless Shelter talk about how they got involved with social work and the important things they’re doing to help the homeless population in Athens. 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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