StoryCorps

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Recordings of StoryCorps interviews that were made in Rochester.

Jazz pianist Gap Mangione and his daughter Ardis Mangione-Lindley talk about what it was like to grow up in a musician’s household, and how those experiences differed from those of the other kids in town.

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The Reverend David DuBois and his wife Dot debunk the myths of the strict, straight-laced pastor’s household.

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Art teacher Ron Richardson talks with his former student Chris Hartman about his father’s influence on his life, and shares some of the story of Mount Hope Cemetary, where his father is buried.

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You might not recognize Barbara Blaisdell if you meet her on the street. But when she dresses as Susan B Anthony, everyone knows her.

 

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At age 69, Ralph “Tony” Perri identifies himself as a gay man who is very family oriented. He and his grandson Jeffrey Perri talk about how they have influenced each others’ lives.

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Nancy Harber talks with her long-time friend Colleen Anderson about the deaths of her daughter Caroline and her husband Wayne.

 

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In 1991, Donna Proietti was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was treated successfully, but a year ago the cancer returned. She tells her story with her husband Tom.

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Singer-Songwriter Bonnie Abrams is the director of the Jewish Community Federation's Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information, and she is a child of Holocaust survivors. She and her husband, Jonathan Rich, visited the StoryCorps mobile recording booth in July, because they believe it is important to tell the story of how the second generation was influenced by their parents’ experiences.

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Bertha Porter lived in North Carolina until she was 11 years old. She tells her granddaughter Desirae Porter about growing up with poverty and racism in the rural south.

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Sister Rosemary Burgio has lived in Rochester for nearly 100 years. She and Sister Maria Mariani talk about how the city has grown and changed in the last century.

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