StoryCorps:Mother's Day Special

Friday, May 10 at 1:00pm and Sunday, May 12 at 12 noon

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

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Rosa Polhill Green decided to serve the United States during WWII through the WAVES program, a volunteer initiative in which women worked as part of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

In this conversation, Rosa talks to her daughter Emily Green about what it was like serving under the WAVES and the projects she worked on.

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: Sam Kunz and Ruta Abolins

May 8, 2019
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Sam Kunz was born in Latvia in 1940, just before WWII began.

In this conversation, she tells her daughter Ruta Abolins not only about her experience escaping Latvia and her eventual move to the United States, but she also talks about her own mother and the brave Latvian women who nurtured the displaced children.

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: Raymond and Ray Akridge

May 8, 2019

On Mother’s Day, it’s not just children who show appreciation to their mothers; husbands often show their appreciation for their wives and admire the balancing act of motherhood and life’s challenges.

In this conversation, Raymond Akridge, Sr. and his son Ray Akridge, Jr. pay homage to their wives and praise them for all of the different roles they play every day.

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For many people, mothers are some of the strongest women they know, and this strength is definitely apparent in this conversation.

Dr. Patricia Priest talks to her spirited mother Mildred Jean Joyner about what life was like for her raising children after her husband’s passing and working in a field dominated by men.

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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Kai Hernandez-Gambill was born with a rare disease called Perthes disease, which prevented proper growth in his legs and hips. In this story, Kai talks to his mother Jill Gambill about overcoming Perthes and shocks his mom with a surprise confession. 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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