StoryCorps' mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is in Durham April 17 - May 16. StoryCorps interviews are heard Fridays during Morning Edition.


The State of Things
11:30 am
Mon December 29, 2014

'The State Of Things' Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Anita Rao

Former The State of Things Producer Meghan Modafferi and producer Anita Rao try out sitting on the other side of the glass in "host attire" on Meghan's last day.
Credit Jorge Valencia

As 2014 comes to a close, The State of Things producer Anita Rao takes a look back at some of her favorite segments from the show this year. 

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8:47 am
Fri December 19, 2014

NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

Col. Harry Shoup came to be known as the "Santa Colonel." He died in 2009.
Courtesy of NORAD

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 9:45 pm

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup's children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

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10:10 am
Sat November 22, 2014

'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody'

Maurice Rowland (left) and Miguel Alvarez were working at an assisted living home last fall. When it shut down, Maurice -€- the cook --” and Miguel — the janitor --” stayed to take care of the residents left behind.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:46 pm

When an assisted living home in California shut down last fall, many of its residents were left behind, with nowhere to go.

The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid — except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor.

"There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, 'What are we going to do?' " Rowland says.

"If we left, they wouldn't have nobody," the 34-year-old Alvarez says.

Their roles quickly transformed for the elderly residents, who needed round-the-clock care.

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StoryCorps Durham
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

'I Am Glad That You Dared Greatly'

Erin Nivens(l) with mom Bonnie Hacker
Credit StoryCorps

In 1979, Bonnie Hacker became one of the first single parents to adopt a child in the state of North Carolina.  Seven-year-old Erin moved in with Bonnie, first in a foster-care arrangement. The adoption process began shortly thereafter:

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Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Triangle Native Featured Nationally By StoryCorps, Dies

Edwin Lanier (left) with David Wright at StoryCorps in Durham, N.C. 2006
Credit StoryCorps

StoryCorps fans might remember the stories told by Edwin "Eddie" Lanier, of battling alcoholism and finding peace. Lanier died on October 14th. He was 68. 

The first interview aired on NPR's Morning Edition in 2006. In that interview, Lanier talked with his friend David Wright. After almost drinking himself to death, Lanier had been sober for five years.

When he was a child, Lanier had been told by his father that alcoholism ran in the family.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Jim Goodmon: 'I Really Believe That You Can Do Anything If You Work Hard Enough'

Jim Goodmon with his son, Michael.
Credit StoryCorps

American Brands closed the Lucky Strike tobacco factory in downtown Durham in 1987. It was still abandoned in 1995, when Jim Goodmon, President of Capitol Broadcasting Company, built the new Durham Bulls stadium across the street. Goodmon says he’d go to the baseball games and stare at the gigantic, abandoned warehouse. He eventually decided to try to bring it back to life, and he tells that story to his son, Michael.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

StoryCorps: An Hour Behind The Scenes

StoryCorps Facilitators Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Adriana Gallardo outside the mobile airstream trailer that travels the country recording stories.

StoryCorps, a national oral history project, has collected more than 50,000 interviews across the country. 

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9:35 am
Fri May 16, 2014

An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past

Carlos Rocha, 40, is serving a 30-year sentence for possession of a weapon and murder.
Courtesy of the Danville Correctional Center

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.

Right before he was to be released on bond, Carlos, now 40, got into a fight with another inmate and killed him, resulting in an additional 24 years behind bars.

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8:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

StoryCorps: Bringing A Split Family Closer Together

Jenny Cude, Bella Cude, and Susie Bird
Credit StoryCorps

The StoryCorps mobile booth is wrapping up its stay in Durham this week.  The silver trailer has been in town since last month, collecting conversations to archive at the Library of Congress.  Many of those conversations are also airing on WUNC.

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WUNC Updates
5:35 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

StoryCorps: An Unlikely Friendship Endures Homelessness, Addiction And Hospice

David Wright (left) and Eddie Lanier
Credit StoryCorps

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth is in Durham this month. The silver Airstream trailer-turned recording studio is in town to collect stories from North Carolina. 

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