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In this StoryCorps interview, Krista Harrell talks to her friend Justine Burbank about how her first love set the tone for how she views love; this newfound perspective has given Krista insight on her personal love language and how to properly give love to her future partner...

       

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Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis was the longest-living survivor of the Clotilda. the last-recorded slave ship to land in the United States in Mobile Bay. In the 1860s, Lewis founded Africatown with a group of other Clotilda survivors – just three miles north of downtown Mobile. Many of Lewis’ descendants still live in Africatown today.

April Livingston is an artist and resident of Mobile. In 2016, she created a bust of Lewis for Africatown’s Union Missionary Baptist Church. In this StoryCorps interview, April tells her boyfriend Andrew about the time she spent on this project and how it has led to her personal growth... 

*Correction: In the piece, April says "Lincoln made a mandate that no more slaves should be imported into the United States;" however, it was Thomas Jefferson who called for the Act to prohibit the importation of slaves into the U.S. 


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Fredrick D. Richardson is from Nymph, Alabama - a small town in Conecuh County. Now he is the oldest elected official in tenure in the city of Mobile. He sat down with his friend Maria Gonzalez at StoryCorps to talk about everything he’s overcome to make it where he is today...


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Meredith Portman always knew she wanted to be a mother, so after being a foster mom she adopted her daughter Brianna. Meredith sat down with her mom and Brianna at StoryCorps in Mobile to reminisce about Brianna’s adoption day and share their hopes for the future...


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When Ed and Sarah Jane Masline found out they were going to have a baby, they didn’t know what to expect. But they never thought their son Robert would be born with severe hemophilia. In this StoryCorps interview, Sarah Jane talks to her husband about their experience finding out Robert’s diagnosis and what they’ve learned since then...


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Artist Chris Cumbie shaped his nontraditional, artistic style in rural Alabama. From a young age, his grandfather taught him how to use what was around him to build what he needed. While at StoryCorps, Chris spoke with his fiancé Harriet Shade about his childhood and the influence of the support and encouragement she’s provided him and his son Christian. 

Christian has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and his resilience to overcome his condition and make art has reminded Chris to always make the best of the hand he's been dealt...


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In this StoryCorps interview, Mark Ryan asks his friend Jeremy Wolff about his decision to leave his corporate job to pursue his passion for music festivals – a decision that has led to Jeremy’s freedom. The two friends also discuss how Jeremy’s newfound freedom has pushed him towards his dream and his true purpose for being on this planet...

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In this StoryCorps piece, nine-year-old Juan Mario talks to his mom and dad about their childhoods in Venezuela and Mexico and learns about the commonalities and differences between their lives...


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Juan Torres and his wife are immigrants from Mexico and Venezuela, respectively, who now live in Mobile, Alabama. They sat down at StoryCorps and gave their son Juan Mario a chance to ask about what inspired them to start their nonprofit - “Belong” - to help immigrants in Mobile...


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Ramez Skaff immigrated to the United States in 1970 from Lebanon. In this StoryCorps piece, his daughter Adele Hapworth asks him about what he experienced when he moved to the U.S., how he met his wife and what he values most in life...


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Cai Unger and Ariel Chavez are immigrants from completely different parts of the globe – Germany and Bolivia. They met and fell in love in Mobile, Alabama. In this StoryCorps piece, the happily married husbands talk about their wedding day and their hopes for the future...


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As a birthday gift to her mom Beth Gibson, Chris Gibson Barraza had a unique idea in mind: to use the StoryCorps platform to discuss their individual experiences - her parents being in a biracial relationship and Chris growing up as a biracial child in an all-white neighborhood – experiences that have had lasting effects...


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In 2010, Bethany Kraft and Casi Callaway were colleagues working for different environmental nonprofits in Mobile, Alabama. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, they didn’t know what to expect or what the impact would be. In this StoryCorps piece, Bethany and Casi reflect on how that horrific disaster changed the Gulf Coast and their lives...


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Chandra Brown led her parents John Spears and Charleen Brown to StoryCorps so they could talk about their earliest experiences with segregation. Chandra’s father discusses how segregation wasn’t only prevalent in the south, while her mother speaks on her experiences with prejudices in college and offers some parting wisdom on living a fulfilled life... 

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In 2008, Andrea Mills lost her sister Brooke to cancer. Brooke cut off contact with her family because of differing beliefs, but she and Andrea reunited once she became ill. Andrea sits down with StoryCorps facilitator Vera Carothers to discuss her sisters last days and how those last days have impacted her life...    

  

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In many parent-child relationships, things are left unsaid. In this StoryCorps interview, a mother and son tackle some big questions and come to understand each other more fully; Mark Terry asks his mother Toni about the challenges she faced when she got divorced, accepting her sexuality and how her family came to accept her and her partner Dee Dee...  


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Taking care of your furry friend makes for a great relationship with a faithful companion.  Taking care of your favorite public radio station makes for great listening.  If only a few people do it, it can be expensive, but if a lot of us do it, it will be healthy  -and affordable!

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J.D. Crowe has been working as a political cartoonist in Alabama for nearly 20 years. In this StoryCorps piece, Crowe sits down with his friend Lynne Oldshue to discuss his parents’ influence on his drawing, as well as the impact of his work in the current political climate...


"We remember Dr. King, too." An audio postcard from West Africa

Apr 1, 2018

This Wednesday marks fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Throughout March, the APR news team is reporting on King’s work and impact here in Alabama. The event is being remembered in the United States, but not just in the U.S. Alabama Public Radio participated in a visiting journalist program last year with the West African nation of Mali. That’s where the APR news team met Ousmane Sagara. His home country has its own relationship with Dr. King. We invited Sagara to file this report from Mali’s capitol city.

A special session of the legislature can be called by the governor, if he deems a dire emergency in the state government. This provision of the constitution gives the governor an inherent advantage in a special session...

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Rust and Tiffany Felix are a married couple who lived in different parts of the US before settling in Mobile, Alabama. They sat down with StoryCorps to talk about what they love about their new home and the challenges of maintaining their historic house - specifically dealing with the ghost who haunts it...


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Susan Boyle and Brenda Beverly have been best friends since ninth grade. Although it hasn't always been easy, their friendship has withstood the test of time. StoryCorps visited Mobile, Ala. and both women (now in their 50s) came together to reflect on what has kept them together all these years, even though they live in different parts of the country...  


Being a U.S. Senator was secondary in Alabama politics; governor is still probably the most important, glamorous political position today, but it certainly was [in 1962]...

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Forty-five-year-old Chris "Champ" Napier spoke with StoryCorps facilitators about his challenging upbringing in Prichard, Alabama. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but received a pardon after 14 years. With a second chance at life, Napier has written a book, does motivational speaking at schools and prisons and has made it his mission to live by his grandmother's last words to him...

             


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Ed Beck grew up in Mobile, Alabama. In this StoryCorps piece, his wife Nancy asks him about a personal memoir he's writing and the changes he's made to it. Ed also reflects on his actions during the Jim Crow era and why he feels it's important to talk about that difficult time in US History...     


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Ed Beck was a young man living in New Orleans when Hurricane Betsy struck the coast in 1965. He sat down at StoryCorps with his wife Nancy to reflect on his days volunteering after the Hurricane, a devastating experience where he saw the deadly impact of systemic segregation...


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When Kara Cresswell-Osborne was 16 years old, a disturbing experience at her grandparents' church in Montgomery, Alabama opened her eyes to the existence of racism in her family. 

In February of 2017, StoryCorps came to Mobile, Ala. and Kara shared this story with her mother Kimberly Geissmann in an open, honest conversation about family history, shame and racial acceptance.

WARNINGThis story contains a quote where a racial slur is used...


As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior this weekend, southern states are banding together to promote civil rights tourism. Fourteen states stretching from Kansas to Delaware, including all of the Deep South, are joining to promote the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The monument highlights about one hundred and thirty sites linked to the modern civil rights movement. The list includes the hotel in Memphis where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated to the birthplace of the confederacy. The joint effort is being unveiled as part of the MLK holiday weekend.

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Advocates working to fix problems with rural health care say Alabama is ground zero nationally. Studies say Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S. The state also leads the nation for diabetes. Alabama is also home to Gadsden which had the lowest life expectancy in the nation in 2016. Despite all this, rural hospitals in the state receive among the lowest reimbursements nationally from Medicare. That’s blamed for eighty percent of Alabama’s hospitals that are operating in the red.

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