Mobile Lowdown: Durham Edition
It’s time again for another stop on our nationwide MobileBooth tour–which also means another edition of the Mobile Lowdown! This time around, Jesse Gutierrez (Associate Manager of Mobile Tour) and Diana Velez (Associate Manager of Marketing and Communications) brought in some reinforcements–Mr. Jordan Bullard (Jesse’s friendly, Southern colleague in the Mobile department).
So, as the Mobile Crew kicked off the stop today in Durham, Jordan and Diana took over the blog to give everyone another quick look at one of our many awesome MobileBooth city stops!
Let’s start off with the basics–what’s happening in Durham?
What: MobileBooth Visit to Durham, NC
When: April 17–May 16, 2014
Where: The Booth will be parked at the American Tobacco Campus, 705 Willard Street Durham, North Carolina, 27701
Public Radio Partner: WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
Opening Day Insider Information:
Diana: “First things first: Captain Luke, brought to us by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, was both the first VIP interview and performer on Opening Day. Captain Luke’s interview partner was Tim Duffy, also from the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Durham has a rich heritage of folk music, which the Music Maker Foundation has been preserving since 1994.”
Jordan: “Our second VIP interview was between Matt Victoriano and Ryan Wetter. Matt and Ryan have a very interesting story about life after being deployed (Iraq and Afghanistan respectively).”
Diana: “Our MobileBooth will be parked at the historic American Tobacco Historic District, home to the Lucky Strike Tobacco Tower (Don Draper would be jealous), and the Durham Bulls.
*According to Diana and this random Sports Illustrated Article.
Jordan: “Durham has become a pretty serious foody town. You can basically take a walking food tour across downtown Durham. All of the spots below are within about a 20 minute walk (5 minute bike ride) of each other:
Cocao Canela – Mexican inspired coffee hangout
Parker & Otis – Biscuits, Gravy, and knick-knacks
Full Steam – Microbrewery in Downtown Durham
Piedmont Restaurant – Farm-to-table Americana kinda stuff
Geer Street Garden – tasty food in an old gas station
Cookout – the best fast food drive-through this side of the Mississippi (maybe the world) — multiple locations around Durham
Durham also has local breweries, hipsters galore, and people on bikes. The American Tobacco Trail is great for bikers and joggers. You can catch the trail on the south side of the American Tobacco Campus and follow across all of Durham County.”
Durham sounds both exciting and delicious! We cannot wait to hear what amazing stories our team collects this time around!
Thanks as always to our Mobile Lowdown-ers for all their help!
My StoryBooth, My City: Chicago-Style.
A travel guide from our Midwest Crew–StoryCorps in Chicago.
Spring is in the air, fellow story-lovers! While that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people (such as allergy sufferers and love-crazed teenagers) we always seem to get the travel bug around this time. Which is why we thought it’s the perfect time for our second installment of our travel-inspired series: “My StoryBooth, My City.”
Last month, we began exploring the stories of our StoryBooth cities as told by the ones who would know best–our local StoryCorps staff. As we huddled near heaters up here in our New York-based offices, Amanda Plumb, Manager of StoryCorps in Atlanta, took us on a virtual tour of her lovely (and warm) Southern city and gave us a peek at what it’s like to collect stories in the ATL.
This month, since Spring seems to have sprung, we believe it is finally safe for us to travel to our StoryBooth location in Chicago, IL without fear of frostbite.
Chicago is a special place to StoryCorps. It was the home-base of famous oral historian and our hero, Studs Terkel, and where our founder, Dave Isay, set the stage for his acclaimed documentary, “Ghetto Life 101.” So we were excited to hear what local facilitator, Andre Perez, had to say about Chicago these days.
So while we dig into a nice slice deep-dish pizza here, we hope you’ll enjoy our brief travel guide to the Windy City!
Around the StoryBooth:
“Chicago’s Storybooth is located in the historic and beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. While you’re here, you should check out the art exhibits and performances going on. We are a hop, skip, and a jump away from the iconic bean sculpture in Millennium Park and world-class shopping on the magnificent mile.”
Eating Good in the Chicago Neighborhoods:
“While you could spend days checking out the touristy parts of downtown, I encourage you not to limit yourselves. Our location is close to all major public transportation including the suburban commuter train and city train lines. Especially when it comes to food, the neighborhoods are where it’s at. Enjoy excellent Ethiopian food off the Thorndale red line. If you have access to a car, then take in Indian food on West Devon, Puerto Rican food on West Division Street, or Mexican food on 26th Street or Vegetarian soul food on the Chicago’s south side.
Each neighborhood also has its own unique feel complete with community centers, cultural institutions, and shopping experiences.”
A Day in the Life at the Chicago StoryBooth:
“On recording days, we start our day by opening the booth. We make sure all the equipment is working well and that our supplies are restocked. After I get caffeinated, I call future participants to confirm their appointments and email partner organizations.
When participants come in, we guide them through the process, answering questions along the way. At the end of our recording, we say goodbye to our new friends, and begin the archival process. When the next participant comes in, we start all over. In between recordings you can often find me telling a stranger what StoryCorps is or researching new organizations to partner with.”
Partnership to Note:
“We’ve recently begun partnering with the Trans Oral History Project, a community-driven effort to diversify the range of stories available from within the transgender and gender variant communities. This group is developing a ToolKit for youth leaders and educators to use in teaching about issues impacting the transgender community. This partnership is especially exciting for me because it is by and for the transgender community. We get to work with community leaders who are making change by bringing their truths to LGBTQ young folks around the country.”