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6:15 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Growing Up Poor in a Small Washington Town: Mary Ann Olson and Lynn Olson

Mary Ann Olson and Lynn Olson
StoryCorps Northwest

In any era, tough times call for families to use resourcefulness and plenty of resilience to transcend their struggles. Today we hear from retired librarian Mary Ann Olson who grew up poor in a Sumner, Washington. Her family had a rather unusual housing situation until Mary Ann took matters into her own hands. She shares the story with her daughter, Lynn Olson.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

A Life Behind Closed Doors: James Thames and Jason Scales

James Thames and Jason Scales
StoryCorps Northwest
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It's Christmas vacation for many kids, and there are probably students who wish they wouldn't have to go back to school, ever. A kid's dream, right? For 24-year-old James Thames that was a reality, but as he explains to his case manager, Jason Scales, it was anything but a dream come true.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Tue December 13, 2011

A Family's Escape from the Khmer Rouge: Sok-Khieng Lim and T.J. Peitz

Sok-Khieng Lim and T.J. Peitz
StoryCorps Northwest

Imagine having two birthdays. One, the actual day of your birth. The other, the day you could have died. This is the case for Cambodian-American Sok-Khieng Lim. Her friend, T.J. Pietz of Tacoma, interviewed her for StoryCorps Northwest about her two birthdays.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed December 7, 2011

"Mudhole" and the Marines: Kenneth Merrill Sr. and Vernon Lott

Kenneth Merrill Sr. and Vernon Lott
StoryCorps Northwest

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Kenneth Merrill Sr., or Mudhole as his fellow marines call him, was a junior in high school then. In today's StoryCorps Northwest he talks with his nephew, Vernon Lott, about that day, and how he got his nickname.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Her Little Pony: Claudia Casbolt and Denise Nichols

Denise Nichols and Claudia Casebolt
StoryCorps Northwest

When you were a little kid, did you want a pony? Many little girls have wished for a pony. Tacoma sisters Denise Nichols and Claudia Casebolt they got their wish, but sometimes what you wish for is a lot of work!

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Leaving the Kids Behind: Celest Allen

With Thanksgiving coming up, we're all thinking of some of our best family stories. Every family has those tales that come up around the dinner table every year. For Celest Allen, it's a family vacation gone awry.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Special Collections: Kerstin Ringdahl and Fran Lane Rasmus

Kerstin Ringdahl and Fran Lane Rasmus
StoryCorps Northwest

Kerstin Ringdahl was born in Sweden in 1935. In her 30s she emigrated to the United States. She applied for a position as special collections archivist at Pacific Lutheran University, where she was a perfect fit. Her Scandinavian image helped a lot. Here she talks with her friend and colleague, Fran Lane Rasmus, about the early years of PLU and her job.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed November 2, 2011

A New Father's Bathtime Rituals: Adam and Dani Small

Adam and Dani Small
StoryCorps Northwest

Muffin, sweet pea, munchkin, these are some nicknames given to children, if you’re a parent, what nicknames did you come up with? For Dani and Adam Small, it’s “Monkey Pumpkin.” Six months ago, the Tacoma residents had their first child: Sophia. Adam talks about his favorite fatherhood duty.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Family Farm Life: Randy and Tracy Mullen

The Mullen Family
StoryCorps Northwest

Many think the family farm is disappearing, but the USDA says more than 97% of U.S. farms are family operated.  One such farm belongs to Randy Mullen in Pasco, Washington. Randy has been an independent farmer since 1984, but his farming roots go back much further.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

25 Years of AIDS Activism: Hilary Klein and Jill Frey

Hilary Klein and Jill Frey
StoryCorps Northwest

Next year, the Pierce County AIDS Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary. They’d hoped they’d never have to. But the AIDS epidemic has not ended. Pierce County has more than 1,000 residents living with HIV. Hilary Klein is the lead medical case manager for the PCAF. She spoke to her co-worker, Jill Frey, about her brother and how he inspired her to become an AIDS activist.

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