Sagal Radio Services is a nonprofit that broadcasts weekly radio programs aimed at immigrant communities. Their programs, broadcast in 5 different languages, providing information to help newcomers adapt to life in the United States.
Hear Me Today: The Voice of Today’s Teens is a Sagal Radio Services program created by Clarkston high school students who intern with the International Rescue Committee over the summer.
This summer, I visited Sagal Radio Services, where interns, Nawal Abdirahman from Somalia and Ram Koirala and Tara Powdyal from Nepal interviewed me about StoryCorps. After my time in the hot seat, I invited them to return the favor and visit us at the WABE studios to learn how we create StoryCorps. They toured the Atlanta StoryBooth, met WABE on-air personalities, asked questions of the News Director, Michael Fields, and saw how producer, Kate Sweeney edits a story.
At the end of their visit, we showed them how to use the StoryKit to record their own stories. Over the next week, they interviewed each other about their experiences as refugees. During her conversation, Nawal talked about her father, “My most important person in my life is my father. My father died when I was like 1-years-old. I haven’t seen him, but I heard a lot of great things about him.”
They compiled the interviews to create an episode of Hear Me Today all about their experience with StoryCorps. You can listen to this episode on their website.
“I think StoryCorps is about… kind of people only listen or read or talk about famous people, we are more important than famous people,” Newal says during their show. “I believe everyone in this world has a story to tell.” And as they told their stories through StoryCorps, they all agreed that they learned something new about each other.