StoryCorps:Father's Day Special

Friday, June 14 at 1pm and Sunday, June 16 at 12 noon

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

Athens StoryCorps: Richard and Sophie Neupert

Jun 12, 2019

Sophie Neupert was born with Williams Syndrome, a heart condition that has resulted in many surgeries throughout Sophie’s life. In this story, Sophie and her dad Richard Neupert talk about trips that the family have taken as a result of Richard’s job teaching French Cinema. The family had met French Director, Agnes Varda, who recently passed away in March of 2019. Varda was an influential female director; in 2017, she was the first woman in history to receive an honorary Academy Award.

James Darnell served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and became an instructor pilot for American Soldiers. Then, as part of the Vietnamization policy, he began training South Vietnamese soldiers. In this story, he tells his daughters Julie and Lindsay Darnell about some of the students he taught and why he loved flying so much. 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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Donald Downie grew up in Mississippi and has lead a colorful life. But his struggle with Alzheimer’s was the catalyst that prompted his daughter Stacie Court to participate in the StoryCorps project. Donald’s ability to remember things from one minute to the next has been deteriorating as his disease progresses, but his childhood memories are still intact. Stacie took this opportunity to record the experiences that shaped her father’s childhood. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the fall of 2018.

Athens StoryCorps: Justin and Michaela Jeffery

Jun 12, 2019
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Justin and Michaela Jeffery are the parents of toddlers, and Justin admits he is still adjusting to fatherhood. In this conversation, Justin and Michaela discuss the joys they have felt as parents and the surprises of raising biracial daughters. 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. All of the interviews were produced

locally by Morgan Frey.

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Few teenagers would have the courage to hitchhike to South America to join a revolution, but that is exactly what Clayton Max Condit attempted to do at just 14 years old. Here, he tells his daughter Celeste Condit a little bit about his adventures and the importance of travel in his 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. All of the interviews were produced locally by Morgan Frey.

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