StoryCorps COLUMBUS brings you interviews from Central Ohioans discussing some of the most important moments of their lives.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. In the summer of 2019, StoryCorps partnered with WOSU Public Media to record dozens of stories in Columbus.
Now, StoryCorps COLUMBUS delivers a collection of those stories through a podcast and 89.7 NPR News.
Losing A Child To Cancer
John Ulrich’s daughter Robyn was diagnosed with leukemia at age 19. She was treated at the Ohio State University James Comprehensive Cancer Center, where the family met Cathy Disher, a critical care chaplain for the hospital.
A Journalist's Journey To The White House
Ann B. Walker worked as a radio host, journalist, editor and columnist in Columbus for decades. She is a woman of many firsts: the first woman in broadcast management at WLWC-TV in Columbus, the very first female broadcaster to report on the Ohio legislature, and the first black woman from Franklin County given a White House appointment. Ann spoke to her daughter Julialynne about the interview she believes led to her position as Media Director for the Community Services Agency under President
National Guard Veteran Looks Back At 1970 Ohio State Riots
John Cross didn’t think he was military material after a childhood battle with polio left him with a weakened upper body. But a dire need for soldiers led him to enlist in the National Guard.
A Long-Distance Love Sparked By A Newspaper Personal Ad
John-Paul Byrne took a risk by putting a personal ad in the Village Voice , a weekly New York City newspaper, far from his home in Sydney, Australia. Dawn McCombs responded and a long-distance romance ensued.
Bonding With A Sister Who Doesn't Know Her Name
Growing up, Emily Krichbaum’s younger sister Michelle was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder that causes severe developmental disabilities and neurological problems. Throughout her life, Emily found connecting with her sister - who is nonverbal - very challenging.
Finding An LGBTQ Role Model In Ohio
Luster Singleton is 57 and identifies as non-binary. Growing up in the Midwest, Singleton struggled to meet a role model to look up to. Singleton recently found that mentor in Ginger Boyd, when they met at a gathering of transgender people of color in Columbus. Boyd is 70 years old, transgender and an Ohio native.