WBEZ | StoryCorps http://www.wbez.org/tags/storycorps Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en StoryCorps Chicago: Search for Estranged Father Helps Heal Old Wounds http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-search-estranged-father-helps-heal-old-wounds-114740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 160205 Anastasia Bill bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Anastasia Page is a twenty-five-year-old <a href="http://www.anastasiapage.com/">documentary photographer </a>in Chicago. As a kid, she met her biological father only once, when she was four years old. Five years ago she started a <a href="http://www.discoveringzalmon.com/">documentary project to help process her feelings about her father</a>. She recently came to the StoryCorps booth to talk with WBEZ&#39;s Bill Healy about a turning point in that project. Page says when her mom remarried, her step-dad wanted to adopt her. But they couldn&#39;t make it official until her biological dad signed off on the paperwork.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>StoryCorps&rsquo; mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-search-estranged-father-helps-heal-old-wounds-114740 StoryCorps Chicago: Search for Estranged Father Helps Heal Old Wounds http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-search-estranged-father-helps-heal-old-wounds-114741 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 160205 Anastasia Bill bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Anastasia Page is a twenty-five-year-old <a href="http://www.anastasiapage.com/">documentary photographer </a>in Chicago. As a kid, she met her biological father only once, when she was four years old. Five years ago she started a <a href="http://www.discoveringzalmon.com/">documentary project to help process her feelings about her father</a>. She recently came to the StoryCorps booth to talk with WBEZ&#39;s Bill Healy about a turning point in that project. Page says when her mom remarried, her step-dad wanted to adopt her. But they couldn&#39;t make it official until her biological dad signed off on the paperwork.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>StoryCorps&rsquo; mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-search-estranged-father-helps-heal-old-wounds-114741 StoryCorps Chicago: Brothers Adopted by Different Parents Reconnect Later in Life http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-brothers-adopted-different-parents-reconnect-later-life-114573 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bros.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>When Ken Jackson got married a little over a year ago, one of his groomsmen was Jeremy Rodgers. They&rsquo;re biological brothers, that is, they shared the same mother, but they&rsquo;re 13 years apart in age. Both men were adopted when they were young. They knew they had siblings, but not much more than that.</p><p>They came to StoryCorps to talk about meeting each other three years ago. Rodgers tells his adoption story first.</p></div><div><p dir="ltr"><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo; </a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-brothers-adopted-different-parents-reconnect-later-life-114573 StoryCorps Chicago: Life After Hate http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-life-after-hate-114495 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sc.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>At 14 years old, Christian Picciolini got involved with a racist skinhead group in Chicago&#39;s south suburbs. For the next several years Picciolini promoted the idea of white supremacy. But in his early twenties he had a change of heart, and renounced his ties with the White Power movement. In December, Picciolini talked with Dan Cooper, from Adler University as part of our StoryCorps series. Picciolini talks about his own transformation and trying to help others through a non-profit he co-founded called Life After Hate.</p><div><p>This story was recorded through a partnership between StoryCorps and Adler University.</p></div><div><p dir="ltr"><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo; </a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-life-after-hate-114495 StoryCorps Chicago: Photographs Preserve a Bygone World of Railroad http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-photographs-preserve-bygone-world-railroad-114445 <p><p dir="ltr">A few years ago, Dale Wickum retired as an electrician and finally had some time to go through boxes of photos he&rsquo;d taken in the 1970s. Back then, he&rsquo;d been working on a book project, but that project had long since fallen through.</p><p dir="ltr"><img .washington="" alt="" class="image-original_image" dale="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/WICKUM-2-FB1200-019-copy-686x1024.jpg" style="height: 463px; width: 310px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="&quot;Grit….Washington 1980&quot; (Dale Wickum)" /><a href="http://followingthetracks.com/">The black-and-white photos he rediscovered</a> were of tramps, men who travelled aboard freight trains, often for years or decades at a time. There were pictures of men like East Coast Charlie, who hadn&rsquo;t slept indoors in forty years, and Poodle Frenchy, who traveled with a pack of dogs.</p><p>Wickum&rsquo;s friend Holly Lukasiewicz joined him in the StoryCorps booth to ask what prompted Wickum to ride the rails and document these travelers. Wickum says it began in 1971, when he hopped his first freight train and it pulled into a station late at night.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.storycorps.org"><em>StoryCorps&rsquo; </em></a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-photographs-preserve-bygone-world-railroad-114445 StoryCorps Chicago: “Why Did You Ask Me to Be Your Adopted Father?” http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-%E2%80%9Cwhy-did-you-ask-me-be-your-adopted-father%E2%80%9D-114342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 160101 Demetrees Jesse bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Demetress Washington&#39;s mom abandoned her when she was twelve years old. Demetress became addicted to drugs and it took her years to get clean. While in a recovery home she heard about a program called Cara that offered job training and placement. One of her supervisors there was Jesse Teverbaugh. The two came to StoryCorps earlier this year and talked about the new start Demetress created for herself.</p><p dir="ltr">This story was produced through a partnership between StoryCorps and the Cara Program. StoryCorps&rsquo; Anne Ford co-produced this piece.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo; </a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-%E2%80%9Cwhy-did-you-ask-me-be-your-adopted-father%E2%80%9D-114342 StoryCorps Chicago: "Christmas for Me Has Always Been a Time of Great Loss--and Victory" http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-christmas-me-has-always-been-time-great-loss-and-victory-114264 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 151224 Steve Pemberton bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Christmas has always been an emotional time of year for Steve Pemberton. Pemberton is now a vice-president at Walgreens. But his early life was hard. When he was three years old, he was taken from his mother a few days before Christmas. He bounced from one foster home to the next.</p><p>Then at age five he moved in with a foster family, where he stayed for more than a decade. As he explains in this week&#39;s StoryCorps, though, when he was in high school, something happened a few days after Christmas that changed all that.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.storycorps.org"><em>StoryCorps&rsquo;</em></a> mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</p></p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-christmas-me-has-always-been-time-great-loss-and-victory-114264 StoryCorps Chicago: Former U.S. Education Secretary Says Mentoring Kids Matters http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-former-us-education-secretary-says-mentoring-kids-matters <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 151218 Lawanda Arne bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two months ago, Arne Duncan <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/arne-duncan-gives-last-speech-us-education-secretary-114326" target="_blank">announced he was stepping down as U.S. Education Secretary</a>. Last month, he stopped by the Chicago StoryCorps booth to talk with Lawanda Crayton.</p><p>The two met when she was in sixth grade at Shakespeare Elementary School on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side. Duncan was part of a group that &ldquo;adopted&rdquo; the sixth grade class, tutoring and mentoring them through grammar school and beyond.</p><p>Crayton&rsquo;s home life was chaotic. Her mother and step-father abused drugs and alcohol and frequently became violent towards each other. That sometimes left Lawanda and her twin sister to fend for themselves.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo; </a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-former-us-education-secretary-says-mentoring-kids-matters StoryCorps Chicago: Billy Strayhorn’s niece: “He understood his gift and he shared it” http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-billy-strayhorn%E2%80%99s-niece-%E2%80%9Che-understood-his-gift-and-he-shared <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/fc433100-2081-4547-a738-735062791bca.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: justify;">Billy Strayhorn may not be as well-known as Duke Ellington, but for three decades the two were close collaborators and friends. Strayhorn was a prolific songwriter who helped pen some of Ellington&#39;s most enduring music.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">This year marks what would have been Strayhorn&#39;s 100th birthday, and worldwide music lovers have been showing their appreciation. Strayhorn&#39;s niece Alyce Claerbaut is a Chicagoan, and recently she stopped by the StoryCorps booth to talk about her uncle and the year-long celebration of his life.</p><div style="text-align: justify;"><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo;</a> mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></div></p> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-billy-strayhorn%E2%80%99s-niece-%E2%80%9Che-understood-his-gift-and-he-shared StoryCorps Chicago: Thirty Years of Talking Turkey http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-thirty-years-talking-turkey-113939 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 151125 Marjorie Carol bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>For more than 30 years, Marjorie Klindera and Carol Miller have spent Thanksgiving Day together. But instead of sitting around a dining room table, the two sit around a bank of telephones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That&#39;s because Marjorie and Carol both work at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. It&rsquo;s a toll-free phone number for people who need help cooking turkeys.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Even with the Internet the talk line gets more than 10,000 phone calls each Thanksgiving. Marjorie and Carol are two of the longest-serving experts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo; </a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-thirty-years-talking-turkey-113939