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Sundays, July 18- August 1 at 10 p.m. StoryCorp Rochester

(Rochester, NY) StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, with millions of listeners on public radio and the web. Last July the mobile recording booth was in Rochester during the city’s 175th anniversary celebration, and more than 200 people shared their stories. Over the past year we’ve heard these stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered; now we bring them together for one last re-telling in StoryCorps Rochester, Sundays at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2, July 18 through August 1. Here are some of the stories you’ll hear.

Sunday, July 18 Sister Rosemary Burgio and Sister Maria Mariani talk about how the city has changed in the last 100 years; Donna and Tom Proietti share Donna’s experiences with breast cancer; Barbara Blaisdell talks about why she has been portraying Susan B. Anthony for 20 years, and Laotian-American artist Pepsy Kettavong is proud to create sculptures inspired by the great men and women of American history.

Sunday, July 25 Kristian Englert confesses just how he froze his tongue to the flagpole in the school yard; Jacquie Archer tells her son David Skinner that she grew up with radio and radio grew up with her; Deborah Murray explains why she donated a kidney to her best friend’s husband; and we meet Charles Price, the first African American to serve on the Rochester Police Force.

Sunday, August 1 We meet Jean Tischer, the grand niece of women’s right pioneer Susan B. Anthony; Jeanne Corcoran recounts the events of June 1972, when Hurricane Agnes struck the southern tier of New York and submerged some parts of Corning under 18 feet of water; Emeterio Otero, Executive Dean at the Damon City Campus of Monroe Community College, talks about coming of age in Buffalo during the Civil Rights movements; and we hear from Betty Miller, who just celebrated her one-hundred-first birthday.

To learn more about StoryCorps Rochester, visit WXXI.org/storycorps.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.