StoryCorps

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Recordings of StoryCorps interviews that were made in Rochester.

It’s Thursday, the day we hear stories that were recorded here in Rochester by StoryCorps, the national oral history project. And in observance of Women’s History Month, we’ll hear from Jean Tischer, who spoke with her daughter Martha Noto, about how family history influenced her life.

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It’s Thursday, the day we hear stories that were recorded here in Rochester by StoryCorps, the national oral history project. Today, we meet retired High School teacher Ernest DuBois (doo-BOYS); he talks with his friend and former student Maranne (ma-RAN) McDade Clay about his career at the school where learning has no limits.

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Robert Arrington knew that he was called to be a minister of God from the time he was a child. But he also knew that as a Gay African American man, he would have trouble finding acceptance in the church. This past summer, while StoryCorps was in residence at Rundel Library here in Rochester, Robert visited the Mobile Recording Booth with his partner of 8 years, Theodore Robinson Arrington, to talk about his struggle to come to terms with himself and with God.

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Keith Moody was raised in Central New York, and played most of his professional football career as Corner Back with the Buffalo Bills. He played his college days for the Orange at Syracuse. He now lives in Northern California, and is an assistant principal at Mountain View High School. But when the StoryCorps MobileBooth came to Rochester last summer, Keith joined his former wife Celia and his two daughters Shirley and Sharon, to share his story.

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Ten months ago Deborah Murray donated a kidney to her best friend’s husband, who had been living with polycystic kidney disease for nearly 40 years. A few months, while StoryCorps was in residence at Rundel Library here in Rochester, later Donna visited the Mobile Recording Booth with Karen Ross to talk about the experience of giving part of herself to save another person.

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Christopher White is a retired biology professor and a passionate environmentalist who attributes his love of nature to his Quaker education.

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In the movie “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie’s friend Flick sticks his tongue to the flagpole in the schoolyard. Kristian Englert tells his mother that he and his sister had to see it to believe it.

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Nancy Stanwood is a single mother contemplating whether to have another child; she asks her mother Peggy Stanwood for advice about parenthood.

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Cherri Todisco talked with her sister Jodi McMahon about Cherri’s son Ryan who died just a year ago.

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Laotian-American artist Pepsy Kettavong came to the United States when he was 11; he is proud to be an American, and proud to create sculptures inspired by the great men and women of American history.

 

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