StoryCorps Northwest

It’s easy to look at a stranger and dismissed them as  ‘that guy in your way,’ or ‘crazy driver.’ But after listening to and editing over two dozen intimate stories from fellow Northwesteners, I have been changed. I see ‘that guy in my way’ as the surviving son of a lonely widow in Spokane who watched his wife die in an iron lung. Or that ‘crazy driver’ as a young man who wasn’t allowed outside until his early twenties. Everyone has a story to tell.  Some of those stories are difficult to hear. Others, like the story of a man reflecting on an idyllic childhood near a yellow cake mill give hope and laughter. These stories enrich our lives and remind us of our humanity. StoryCorps Northwest comes to a close on air, but you can hear all the stories here.

-Sueann Ramella, Northwest Public Radio Morning Edition host/producer

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:31 am
Wed October 30, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Learning From Family History: Children of Divorce Breaking The Mold

Kristi and Geoff Trickett talk about the experience they had growing up in divorced families and how those memories have shaped their marriage today.
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Kristi and Geoff Trickett both grew up in divorced families, so when they married they were determined to make their relationship strong and positive. Now married for eight years, Kristi and Geoff moved to Yakima so Kristi could attend medical school. They headed to the StoryCorps mobile recording booth to talk about the experience that shaped their union.

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StoryCorps Northwest
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Short-Term Plan Becomes Long Career in Yakima Valley

Outgoing Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital CEO Rick Linneweh (R), talks about his 38 year career with incoming CEO Russ Myers.

To some observers, many people take jobs in Yakima with a two-year plan in mind. That was the case for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's CEO, Rick Linneweh, and also for the hospital’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, Russ Myers. But Rick decided to forgo the two-year plan, and in this excerpt from StoryCorps Northwest, he tells Russ why he ended up staying at his job for 38 years.

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12:04 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Air The StoryCorps Theme, Cue The Tears

Radio documentarian Dave Isay stands next to one of two StoryCorps Airstream trailers outfitted with recording studios a few years after the project was launched. StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 12:37 pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep has a confession to make. In order to remain composed as the host of Morning Edition, he sometimes has to turn the volume down in the studio when the StoryCorps segment airs on Fridays.

"I just wait for the clock to run down so I know when to talk at the end because otherwise I know I'm going to lose it if I listen to that story," Inskeep tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. "It's deeply moving."

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:23 am
Wed October 9, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Staying in Yakima and Curating the Stories of the Valley

John Baule talking with his friend, Ralph Thompson, about directing the Yakima Valley Museum.
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When John Baule accepted the job of Yakima Valley Museum Director, he thought he’d give it a couple of years. But his two-year plan became a ten-year passion. On StoryCorps Northwest, John tells his friend, Ralph Thompson, about the museum embracing minority stories of the Yakima Valley.

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7:38 am
Wed October 2, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: A Community Comes Together For Polo Aguilera

Terry Aguilera talking with her co-worker and friend, Cherokee Frazier, about her late husband, Polo Aguilera.

Polo Aguilera lived for his community. He participated in 10 Yakima council boards, funded local sports teams and was the founder of Yakima's first Mexican bakery, La Petunia. He was known as a man who loved to help others. When Polo’s health started to fail, it didn't come as a surprise that the community came to his family's aid. Polo's wife, Terry Aguilera  talked to her co-worker and friend, Cherokee Frazier about Polo's struggle with cancer and the help their family received after his death.

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StoryCorps NW
9:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Never Too Late To Fall in Love

After some hesitation, Dotty allowed Howard Prentice to sit with her while traveling on a bus. Since that fateful trip, they've been married for ten years.
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Senior citizen Howard Kelly Prentice Jr. decided he needed a little activity. So he signed up for an Elderhostel vacation. He ended up with quite a souvenir, his future wife, Dotty Prentice, proving it's never too late to fall in love.

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StoryCorps NW
7:04 am
Wed September 18, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Painful Memories Of Being Left Behind

Trinidad Rivera of Yakima with her daughter, Keila Rivera.
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Imagine leaving your children with relatives while you look for jobs in another country. This is the case for many migrant workers who come to Washington state to harvest crops. In StoryCorps Northwest, hear Trinidad Rivera shares the painful memory of being left behind in Mexico for 3 years while her parents worked in the US with her daughter, Keila.

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StoryCorps NW
7:04 am
Wed September 11, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: The Colonel, And We, Make Three

That was Jan Michelle Lowell and Mike Isaacs of Yakima talking about restoring the Colonel, the town's only public statue and what they learned in the process.
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Inspired by the life and activism of a friend, Jan Michelle Lowell and Mike Isaacs of Yakima decided to work together on a community project. They raised funds to replicate the town's only public statue, the 110-year old Spanish-American War memorial of Colonel J.J. Weisenberger, a much loved military leader and a signer of the Washington State Constitution. Jan and Mike want to move the statue from its current location on Yakima Avenue, to the Yakima Valley Museum for preservation.

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StoryCorps NW
7:33 am
Wed August 28, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Brains and Brawn, Farming In The Yakima Valley

Charlie de la Chapelle (L) Cragg Gilbert (R)
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When you think of farming in America, you may think of golden fields, red barns and abundant orchards.        You may imagine a  farmer in overalls, sitting on a tractor. But what about a farmer sitting in class -- at a university? Cragg Gilbert and his cousin Charlie de la Chapelle discuss how education and research are today's tools in farming.

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StoryCorps NW
7:32 am
Wed August 21, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Giving a Voice to the Yakima Valley

Ricardo Garcia (L) and his friend Nieves Negrete of Yakima talk about the first Spanish-language community radio station, KDNA. Negrete interviewed Garcia for StoryCorps.
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KDNA, the country's first Spanish-lanuage community radio station, was founded by Ricardo Garcia of Yakima. Garcia worked with Cesar Chavez, and established the Yakima Valley Farm Worker’s Clinic.

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