StoryCorps Northwest
6:44 am
Wed March 14, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Surviving the Khmer Rouge

Fauluaina Pritchard and Sinoun Hem

Millions died under Cambodia's communist regime. Sinoun Hem, of Tacoma, was a young girl when the Khmer Rouge came to power. She tells her friend Fauluaina Pritchard her about how she was taken from her family and forced into a child work camp.

StoryCorps NW
10:27 am
Wed February 29, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Remembering A Father And How He Chose To Die

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth where Dion Cole sat down and shared with the staff her memories of her father.
Northwest Public Radio

Dion Cole's father loved speed. He shared his love of fast cars and the rev of engines with his two sons, and his adopted daughter, Dion. She shares some of the memories of fast times with her father. She also shares how he took his own life.

StoryCorps Northwest
7:06 am
Wed February 22, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: A Boyhood Dream at "Camp"

Imagine an idyllic childhood. You play in the woods and climb trees, or splash in the creek and catch frogs. You're surrounded by a dozen homes that look  just like yours, and inside each one are kids to play with, or adults who give you ice cream. But about 400 yards away is a uranium mill. For StoryCorps Northwest, Doug Sly tells his friend Terry Kinzel about growing up near a yellow cake mill in Ford, Washington.

StoryCorps Northwest
12:05 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: How We Met

Avery Green and Tim Toerber of Tacoma
Photo source: StoryCorps

Romantic relationships can be difficult to maintain, especially if they're long distance relationships. Avery Green and Tim Toerber of Tacoma share how they met, and how they manage to keep their relationship going during Tim's many deployments to Afghanistan. 

StoryCorps Northwest
6:51 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Life at Big Pasco: La Dona Madison and Michael Madison

Michael Madison and his mother, La Dona Madison.

La Dona Madison worked at the "Big Pasco" military base in Washington during World War II. It was a busy place with soldiers eveywhere but not just American soldiers. She tells her son, Michael Madison, about some unusual guests at the base.

StoryCorps Northwest
6:46 am
Wed February 1, 2012

No Vacation: Amy Buckler and Mina Black

Mina Black and her mother, Amy Buckler
StoryCorps Northwest

Life in Seward, Alaska wasn't easy for English major Amy Buckler and her husband. They had a tough time making ends meet. One day, they decided to leave and start a new life in Oregon with their young daughter. In today's StoryCorps Amy tells her now 10-year-old daughter, Mina Black, about a trip that would prove tougher than they'd ever expected.

10:45 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Giving Shelter to a Holocaust Survivor: Kerstin Ringdahl and Fran Lane Rasmus

Kerstin Ringdahl (L) and Fran Lane Rasmus (R)
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Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. During World War II, Sweden offered asylum to more than eight thousand Danish Jews. Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27.  During World War II, Sweden offered asylum to more than eight thousand Danish Jews.  Kerstin Ringdahl, born in in Sweden in 1935, tells her friend Fran Lane Rasmus about her own family's experience taking in a Jewish refugee.

6:15 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Living and Loving With Alzheimer's - Richard Lundgren and David Lundgren

Richard Lundgren, with his son, David.
StoryCorps Northwest

In the United States there are an estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease. Two thirds of those are women over the age of 65. Dorothee Lundgren was diagnosed with the disease at much younger age, she was 49. In this StoryCorps excerpt, her husband, Richard Lundgren talks with their son, David, about how the disease changed the marriage.

6:15 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Oasis Superstars: Lori Bundrock and Seth Kirby

Seth Kirby - Current Director of Oasis, and Lori Bundrock - Prevention Director for the Pierce County Aids Foundation, and former director of Oasis
StoryCorps Northwest

Growing up with an alternate gender or sexual identity isn't easy for many young people. Oasis, a GLBTQ youth group in Tacoma, Washington, provides support and assistance. Lori Bundrock is the Prevention Director for the Pierce County Aids Foundation, and former director of Oasis. She spoke to her best friend and current Oasis director Seth Kirby about a young man who came to Tacoma from the deep South, and became one of the Oasis "superstars."

6:15 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Help Running the Olympic Torch: Deborah L. Smith and Jack Tollefson

Deborah L. Smith and Jack Tollefson
StoryCorps Northwest
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Have you or a loved one struggled to overcome illness?  Walla Walla teacher Deborah L. Smith watched her husband Troy battle brain cancer for several years.  Smith tells Troy's childhood friend, Jack Tollefson, about Troy's efforts to be part of the 2002 Olympic torch run despite his cancer, and the help his family gave him.