|For four weeks during the fall of 2014, NPR and WGVU brought the StoryCorps mobile booth to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and we recorded West Michigan stories as part of the largest oral history project ever undertaken. Some stories make you laugh, and some make you think. They touch you. They provide you with a fresh perspective. They are extraordinary stories from everyday people - told in their own voices.
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Recent StoryCorps West Michigan Stories...
Paula Chomis and Jean Chapman
We hear from Paula Chomis, speaking with her friend Jean Chapman. They talk about their friendship and Paula’s Bipolar disorder.
Lorelei and Jeremy Moore
Lorelei and Jeremy Moore share the story of their family and their daughter Mia.
Tami VandenBerg with Jonathan Jelks
Jonathan Jelks interviews his friend and owner of the meanwhile bar, Tami VandenBerg.
Spencer Walker tells his friend Katie Curtis about his experiences at an Ex-gay conversion camp.
Elaine Dalcher and Carol Moore
Elaine Dalcher interviews her friend and neighbor Carol Moore about their Grand Rapids neighborhood and the restoration of Weathly Theatre.
Dr. Jessica Cruz with San Juana Guillermo
Today on Story Corps West Michigan Dr. Jessica Cruz shares with her friend San Juana Guillermo. Jessica talks about her journey in education, her current work, and meeting her biological father.
Pat and Jeneile Canon
Husband and wife Pat and Jeneile Canon talk about growing up with vision loss and their advocacy for the blind.
Stu Carpenter and Krista Jensen
Stu Carpenter and his wife Krista Jensen talk about Stu's Narcolepsy and their relationship that started in an internet chat room in the mid-nineties.
David Abbot and Mark Holzbach
David Abbot shares with his friend Mark Holzbach. David talks about life in fashion and fashion as his “armor.”
Marla Baldwin shares her poem, "In the Shadows, All of Me" and talks about growing up with an abusive mother.
San Juana Guillermo with Hugo Claudin
San Juana Guillermo shares with her friend Hugo Claudin. She talks about growing up Mexican American in Grand Rapids, her name, and the community work she’s now doing.
Ari, Cloe, and Colette Beighley
Ari Beagly with his mother Colette and Sister Cloe. They discuss reactions to Ari's coming out.
Dr. Thomas Haas
Dr. Thomas Haas, President of Grand Valley State University, speaks with Vice President for University Relations, Matt McLogan. President Haas talks about the nickname given to him by students and Grand Valley's focus on student success.
GVSU President Emeritus Arend Lubbers
Grand Valley State University President Emeritus Arend Lubbers with GVSU’s Vice President for University Relations Matt McLogan. President Lubbers discusses his arrival to Grand Valley and the University’s expansion into Grand Rapids.
Kathrin and Gabrielle Russell with Kerry Baldwin
Kathrin Russell and wife Gabriel Russell interviewed Kathrin’s Mother Kerry. Born a boy, Kathrin talks about growing up with the wrong body and wanting to be a girl. We also hear how Gabriel and Kathrin met.
92-year-old philanthropist Bucky Love was interviewed by her friend Steve Chappell. Bucky talks about learning generosity from her father and shares memories of her youth.
Christopher Macon and Rich Liberatore
Rich Liberatore and Navy Veteran Chris Macon talk about the Vietnam era and Chris recounts meeting his wife and standing up for her and other black students in the early 1970s.
Emily West and her father Philip West
Former Pastor Philip West with his daughter Emily. Emily talks about coming out to her parents and we hear how her father’s acceptance of her orientation disrupted his life.
Kent and Susan Riddle
Kent and Susan Riddle recount a life-changing car accident and recovery.
Eunice and Ruthy Paulson
Eunice Paulson is interviewed by her daughter Ruthy.
Terry Johnston with Peng Grossklaus
This Friday on StoryCorps West Michigan Terry Johnston interviewed by his friend Peng Grossklaus.
Mayor George Heartwell
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell reflects on a life-changing mission trip to Haiti.