StoryCorps 414: My Name is Yusor
In May 2014, Yusor Abu-Salha–one of the victims of Tuesday’s shooting in Chapel Hill–recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen, who was her 3rd grade teacher. In fact, all three of the victims–Yusor, her husband, Deah Barakat, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha–attended Jabeen’s school. Mussarut Jabeen returned recently to talk about Yusor’s death.
Liyna Anwar and Michael Garofalo
StoryCorps 413: When Sean Speaks
Sean Carter was a college student putting himself through school in Wichita Falls, Texas, when he was in a serious car accident. He was riding with a friend who had been drinking, and sustained a traumatic brain injury in the crash. Today, Sean is unable to walk and speaks only with the aid of a computer. At StoryCorps he interviewed his mother, Jenny Carter, who is his full-time caretaker.
Jasmyn Belcher Morris
StoryCorps 412: True Blue
Shane Fairchild, a transgender man lived with his wife Blue Bauer, a transgender woman for almost 6 years. Blue transitioned when she was 54 years old. She and Shane met at a bar and were inseparable until Blue got lung cancer. She died on April 12, 2013. Shane sat down with their friend, Sayer Johnson in St. Louis to remember Blue.
Allison Davis and Nadia Reiman
StoryCorps 411: The Ballad of Wendell Scott
On January 30, 2015 Wendell Scott became the first African American driver to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Scott started racing in 1952 toward the end of the Jim Crow era, and was the first African American to win at NASCAR’s elite major league level. Wendell Scott died in 1990. One of his sons, Frank, and his grandson Warrick, sat down to remember him for StoryCorps.
StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant
In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him.
StoryCorps 409: The Come Back
When Darlene Lewis' son was released from prison 20 years ago, he couldn't find work. So, Darlene decided to do something about it. She runs an organization dedicated to helping former inmates find jobs. She's helped thousands of men and women -- including James Taylor, who served seven years for weapons possession and drug charges. Today, James works as a videographer, youth mentor, and also volunteers for Darlene's organization.
StoryCorps 408: How We Roll
In July 2014, Raphael Hameed was walking with his 5-year-old son, Ish, when they were hit by a speeding car. Raphael lost his leg. Ish, his only son, was killed. While the driver is awaiting trial for vehicular homicide, her sister, Megiddëh Goldston, is trying to do right by the Hameed family. They connected after the accident. And now she visits Raphael and his wife, Heidi, to help with their day-to day-life. They sat down for StoryCorps in Colorado Springs.
Jasmyn Belcher Morris
StoryCorps 407: Top Secret Santa
Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955.
Jasmyn Belcher Morris
StoryCorps 404: Taking Care
Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a janitor and a cook, when it closed suddenly, leaving many elderly residents abandoned.
StoryCorps 403: Beyond The Front Lines Part II
Listen to the second part our Veterans Day special, "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special," a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.
StoryCorps 402: Beyond The Front Lines Part I
This Veterans Day, honor our men and women in uniform with "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special", a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.
StoryCorps 401: On the Home Front: Veteran's Day 2014
Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz. They met on Valentine’s Day, while training to work in Explosive Ordinance Disposal–the Army’s elite bomb squad.
StoryCorps 399: Death Becomes Her
Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, tells her father, Bob, about the childhood origins of her fascination with things that most people avoid, including black widow spiders.