StoryCorps New Orleans

StoryCorps New Orleans interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national project to record and collect stories of everyday people. This excerpt was selected and produced by WWNO producer Eileen Fleming, with support from the WWNO Productions Fund and from Villere & Co., managing the investments of New Orleans' families for almost 100 years.

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StoryCorps N.O.
12:42 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

StoryCorps: Neil and Lauren Best Shapiro

Lauren Best Shapiro (l) and Neil Shapiro

Neil Shapiro's family roots are entwined with the city of New Orleans back to the 1700s. His grandmother could trace her family that far back in the city's history. He's continuing in the antique business his grandparents began in 1899, when goods were bought and sold within the city. That began to change in the 1930s, when European imports started appearing in stores, while local treasures were handed down within families.

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StoryCorps N.O.
12:36 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

StoryCorps: Ronald and Belinda Avila

Ronald (l) and Belinda Avila

Ronald Avila, 27, and his sister, Belinda, 29, honor their cultural ties with their family's ancestry in Honduras. Belinda was born in the United States, while her father studied agronomy at the University of Florida in Gainsville. Ronald was born two years later in Honduras. Their mother later brought them to the U.S., where she encouraged their higher education.

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StoryCorps N.O.
12:31 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

StoryCorps: Charles Costello

Joseph Claudet (l), Charles Costello (c) and Elizabeth Claudet

Elizabeth Claudet and her husband, Joseph, sat down with her father, Charles Costello, on March 29 to talk about his experiences while living most of his 96 years in Louisiana. He grew up in DeRidder in western Louisiana, where as a boy he delivered groceries in a cart pulled by a goat.

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StoryCorps N.O.
12:17 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

StoryCorps: Martha Ward and Frank Aseron

Martha Ward (l) and Frank Aseron

Martha Ward and Frank Aseron had a long acquaintance. It began in the mid-1970s when she was married and had a daughter, Marlowe. Frank did some carpentry work at her home, and they saw each other around New Orleans for years. She later divorced, and enjoyed her career an anthropology professor at the University of New Orleans. Frank became involved in mortgage banking and construction lending.

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StoryCorps N.O.
12:04 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

StoryCorps: Marilyn Barbarin

Marilyn Barbarin

Marilyn Barbarin knew from a very early age that she would be a singer. It began when a priest at her school in New Orleans heard her singing in the girls' bathroom, where she was taking an unapproved break from class. But instead of facing punishment, she was taken to a recording session at the now-shuttered Nola Studios.

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StoryCorps N.O.
5:17 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

StoryCorps: Janet Wallfisch

Ann Asprodites has always referred to Janet Wallfisch as her aunt, but the 91-year-old is actually related a bit further down ancestral lines. Ann's grandfather was Janet's mother's brother. The two remain close. They have lunch about twice a month, when Janet can book some spare time between exercise classes, opera and other activities.

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StoryCorps N.O.
2:15 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

StoryCorps: Trampus Butler

Jeremy Helton (l) and Trampus Butler

Trampus Butler has lived all of his 32 years on the grounds of Angola State Prison. On April 14, he sat down for a chat on prison grounds with StoryCorps facilitator Jeremy Helton.

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StoryCorps N.O.
2:07 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

StoryCorps: Megan and Andrew Condon

Megan (l) and Andrew Condon

Andrew Condon and his wife Megan came to New Orleans from Rhode Island for a vacation, and a chance to re-energize and refocus their lives. Megan convinced Andrew that an interview session at StoryCorps' booth set up outside the World War II museum would be a great forum for taking stock of their seven-year marriage, and a focal point for looking toward the future.

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StoryCorps N.O.
3:42 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

StoryCorps: Rachel Watts and Zeke Martin

Zeke Martin (l) and Rachel Watts

Rachel Martin remembers just about everything about her family's ordeal when Hurricane Katrina hit. She remembers packing up camping gear to ride out the storm at a friend's house that was out of harm's way. She remembers those plans changing dramatically after Katrina left. She and her husband and son, Zeke Martin, were off to Houston for several weeks.

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StoryCorps N.O.
2:28 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

StoryCorps: Paul Slattery

Paul Slattery has been in the New Orleans area since shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He volunteered for several months with Habitat for Humanity, and helped clear out the homes that were covered in mud and debris. He's been here ever since.

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