storycorps

StoryCorps

When Gwen Smith’s co-worker didn’t arrive for work before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, Smith was forced to stay on the clock. By the time she left, it was too late to leave town and she was forced to ride out the storm with her sister, Crystal. The two women were in town for nearly a week and remember those days vividly.

StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. This week, Kyle Williams talks about “one of the most mortifying moments that anyone can have in their high school career.”

Donna Jean Loy, left, and Elizabeth Anne Jenkins, right, participate in several activist groups, including Louisiana Trans Advocates and Equality Louisiana.
StoryCorps

At StoryCorps booths around the country, couples pair into an intimate space to share personal stories with each other.

Donna Jean Loy and Elizabeth Anne Jenkins are a transgender couple from Metairie who transitioned later in life after grappling with gender dysphoria for years.

StoryCorps

Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America.

StoryCorps

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps collects the stories and voices of our time. This week, Littdell “Queen B” Banister and Mary Jones give us a snapshot into the lives of the Mardi Gras Indians, where personal pride is sewn into every stitch of their annual suits.

When Tierra Jackson was in high school, she was struggling. She kept getting yelled at for being late to school.

What most of her teachers and administrators didn't know was the reason for her tardiness: Jackson was homeless. Her mother was in and out of prison. She and her brother were living with her aunt and cousins. All seven of them shared a single room in one of Chicago's homeless shelters, a long bus ride from her school.

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In this conversation recorded March 31, 2010 with Innocence project worker Christo Raines, Mr. Gibson talks about how he dealt with his unjust incarceration, how boxing at Angola prison helped him get through the ordeal, and how the experience haunted him even after his release in 1993. He talks about how the world had changed while he was behind bars.

In this April 2010 conversation with friend Paula Devlin, George Scott recalls coming to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and why he decided to relocate. And despite a serious medical diagnosis, he's decided that New Orleans is where he'll remain.

 Jerry Alfonso Martin and his cousin Lloyd Serigny are in their 70s now. But they both have very clear, very fond memories of growing up in the Spanish-speaking Islenos community on Delacroix Island.

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