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A Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Recalls His Career Of Three Decades

6/20/2018
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Becoming a career police officer wasn’t the life Jack Powell dreamed about when he moved to Oklahoma City from rural Wanette. But eventually that’s exactly what he did. When he came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City, he told his daughter Chandra about entering the force in the 1960s and the only time he fired his service weapon.

Duration:00:04:14

'Is This What I Want to Be Doing For The Rest of My Life?': Changing Careers To Fight Homelessness

6/13/2018
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On April 19, 1995, Dan Straughan went to work at the Federal Reserve Bank in Oklahoma City, just across from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He wasn’t a victim of the bombing, but that day, the impact, changed his life forever. He came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City with co-worker Marty Peercy to talk about his journey from a secure job as a government employee to tackling the problem of homelessness in Oklahoma City.

Duration:00:04:24

'Getting High Didn't Make Anything Better': A Mother And Daughter Look Toward A Hopeful Future

6/6/2018
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Jaimee Lee and her 12-year-old daughter Melissa are getting a fresh start with ReMerge, a prison diversion program for women and mothers. Jaimee has struggled with addiction for years. When she and Melissa visited the StoryCorps mobile booth, they had a frank conversation about the effects of addiction on their relationship and their hopes for the future.

Duration:00:04:27

'How Did You Find Out About Being Black?': Growing Up In The South During The Sixties

5/30/2018
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In this week’s StoryCorps episode, Cynthia Calloway and her husband Roosevelt. They grew up on the opposite sides of Florida and had very different childhood experiences as young African American kids in the 1960s. They came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City to talk about how those experiences shaped their outlooks on life.

Duration:00:03:17

Oklahoma Veteran Makes Sure Fallen Soldiers Have a Little Piece of Home

5/23/2018
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Michael Beach and his adopted grandfather Bill Freeman of Maysville came to the Oklahoma City mobile booth to talk about their shared experiences as veterans of the Navy. And Michael tells Bills about remembering his own grandfather and his quest to make sure all of the men and women from Oklahoma who have died on the fields of battle have just a little piece of home.

Duration:00:04:00

Moore Tornado Survivors Revisit That Fateful Day

5/16/2018
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It’s been five years since a second deadly EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma. Vicki Hudoba lost her home in that tornado. She and her daughter Nicole Moore came to the Oklahoma City StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about that day in 2013 and how holding her infant grandson Luke held them together in the midst of devastation. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew, with interviews recorded at StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories...

Duration:00:04:22

A Mom Finds Herself Again After Returning From Iraq

5/9/2018
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For much of her adult life, Jennifer Mack has had two primary roles, as a single mother and as a member of the military. She and her daughter Whitney Cotten came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City to talk about how sometimes those roles have conflicted, especially after a deployment in 2004, but also how those challenges have allowed Jennifer to pass on the value of strength and resiliency to her daughter. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew,...

Duration:00:04:10

'There Was No End To The Dirt': A Tale of Dust Bowl Survival

5/2/2018
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Eighty-six-year-old George Hill's family mastered frontier survival skills. When his father was born prematurely in 1889, his grandmother made an incubator out of their wood stove. So, when George was born in the Texas panhandle in the middle of the depression, his family was ready to tap those ingenious survival skills and start again. George and his wife Patricia came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City to talk about what he experienced. This story was produced for KOSU by...

Duration:00:04:03

Pride In Being The Daughter of Vietnamese Immigrants

4/25/2018
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When refugees arrive in the United States, they spend many of the early years trying to understand the culture, find a job and build a life. But what happens a generation later? How do they pass on the legacy of survival and grit to their children? Michelle Bui brought her mom Mai Nguyen to the Oklahoma City StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about her pride in being the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee…and her fear of not measuring up. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and...

Duration:00:04:04

A Father And Son's Evolving Relationship

4/18/2018
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Relationships with parents often change in adulthood. Jeff and Blaze McKenzie, father and son, visited the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City and reflected on their evolving relationship. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew, with interviews recorded at StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans. Thank you to Phillips Murrah law firm for sponsoring StoryCorps' visit to Oklahoma City.

Duration:00:04:17

Parents Navigate Childhood Leukemia

4/11/2018
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There are points in life that can force or inspire a change of course. Even though he’s a spunky and scrappy 9-year-old today, when Jason and Vanessa Hart heard that their son had cancer... in an instant, everything changed. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew, with interviews recorded at StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans. Thank you to Phillips Murrah law firm for sponsoring StoryCorps' visit to...

Duration:00:04:10

A Texan & A Kurd Found Love, Then Had To Tell Their Family

4/4/2018
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Jonathan Jackson was working as a contractor in Erbil, in the northern part of Iraq…not exactly the place most people would find love. When Jonathan first saw Rigien Bagekany, he thought she was the coffee lady, not his counterpart in the meeting. But he couldn’t take his eyes off her. They figured out dating in two different cultures and decided to get married, but then they had to tell their families. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew, with interviews...

Duration:00:04:21