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Justin Connaher and John Pennell

Justin Connaher and John Pennell

Justin Hayward Connaher was named after the lead singer of the 1960s rock group, Moody Blues. At age 5, he knew he was going to be a paratrooper. At 38, he knows he’s a survivor. As part of StoryCorps at JBER, Justin spoke with his friend John Pennell about one of his earliest jumps.

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May 24, 2014 - 7:00 pm
StoryCorps with Alaska’s military: Nancy Lee Baker & Susan Grace

StoryCorps with Alaska’s military: Nancy Lee Baker & Susan Grace

At StoryCorps, 92-year-old Nancy Baker tells her friend, Susan Grace, what it was like to fly. Nancy flew in a female auxiliary pilot group called the WASP. They flew military aircraft during World War II to free up male pilots for combat. Nancy and other WASP pilots were recently awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon civilians by Congress.

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May 23, 2014 - 9:00 am
Kerry and Lynn Seifert

Kerry and Lynn Seifert

StoryCorps traveled to Alaska in February to record the voices of our service men and women. This story comes to us from JBER, where retired Air Force Master Sergeant Kerry Seifert and his wife, Lynn, rehashed some of the adventures they’ve had as a military family. It wasn’t long after the couple was married that they headed for the Al-Can and drove up to what Kerry calls “cold country.”

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May 22, 2014 - 11:23 am
Marti Steury

Marti Steury

StoryCorps traveled to Alaska in February to record the voices of our service men and women. This story comes to us from Fort Wainwright. The Army brought Marti Steury to Fairbanks in 1975. Life as a woman on an Army base wasn’t easy. Marty talks about her decision to enlist, and what it was like to wear a uniform during the Vietnam War.

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May 22, 2014 - 8:00 am
Johnathon Green

Johnathon Green

StoryCorps traveled to Alaska in February to record the voices of our service men and women as a part of it’s military voices initiative. This story comes to us from JBER. Military recruiters told Johnathon Green that a hand disability would prevent him from ever serving in the military. They said he couldn’t shoot a gun. Johnathon found his way to Alaska anyway, and eventually into the military’s ranks. Instead of shooting a gun, Johnathon shoots a camera. At StoryCorps, he tells a co-worker about his long path into military service.

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May 21, 2014 - 5:06 pm
Jason Smith and Lucia Artacho

Jason Smith and Lucia Artacho

StoryCorps traveled to Alaska in February to record the voices of our service men and women. This story comes to us from Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. At StoryCorps, Army Sergeant Jason Smith tells his wife, Lucia Artacho, about his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Lucia tells Jason why she’s decided to enlist in the Army. The couple is starting to notice how their three-year-old is adjusting to having parents who are both soldiers.

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May 21, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Trinadad Ruiz

Trinadad Ruiz lives in Barrow, the most northern city in the United States. But, her roots run south, across the border to Mexico. She went south to find out about her family from an aunt. There she discovered some family secrets.

Johanna Eurich

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December 24, 2009 - 3:01 pm

Richard Beneville

Richard Beneville is a fast-talking former New Yorker who has made a life in Nome, Alaska – a town with a rich gold rush history, peopled with famous characters. But, even in that crowd, Richard stands out. With his big-city panache and taste of Broadway,… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Della Chaney

The ties that connect one generation to another were severed violently in many Alaska Native communities. First, the TB epidemic killed off many and imprisoned many others in long-term hospital care. Then, government boarding schools took Native children away from their homes at an early… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:59 pm

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, a Tlingit carver from Kake, Alaska, traces his roots to tribal peacemakers – a tradition that he keeps alive today. He and his grandson discuss the meaning of his Tlingit name and how his grandson was named.

Johanna Eurich

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December 24, 2009 - 2:58 pm

Jada Smith

Jada Smith’s family is not the only one to have drunks in its midst. But, unlike many, Smith has found strength and guidance from a traditional Tlingit story.

Johanna Eurich

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December 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

Mabel Pike

Mabel Pike is, possibly, Alaska’s best-known Tlingit beader and skin sewer. She told her friend, Sharon Livingston, that she grew up in Southeast Alaska, gathering and eating traditional foods. Living with her grandmother, she remembers when her grandfather died, it was a crisis for the… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Charlotte Fitzhugh

79-year-old Charlotte Fitzhugh lives in a converted school bus in Fairbanks, Alaska. 20 years ago, she decided to run in the 1,000-mile-long Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. She bought some dogs and gear, and, with very little training, headed out on the trail. She told… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:55 pm

Ward and Taylor Hurlburt

Ward and Taylor Hurlburt are brothers. They fish commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay. But, the two have never totally put aside their sibling rivalries. Their old battle surfaced when they stopped by the StoryCorps booth in Dillingham, Alaska to talk.

Johanna Eurich

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December 24, 2009 - 2:54 pm

Larry and Jen Landry

Many come to Interior Alaska dreaming of living simply in a cabin and wandering off in the wilderness to find adventure. Larry and Jen Landry don’t just dream about it, they do it. Hear them speak about their experience of spending a winter in the… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:53 pm

Harold Luke

Harold Luke was born in Nenana, Alaska and raised in a series of children’s homes in Fairbanks, and by foster parents. When he grew up, he traveled extensively in the Lower-48 before returning to Alaska, where he got reacquainted to Linda, the woman who became… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:53 pm

Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner

Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner is like many people today. His heritage is a stew, but the prodominant ingredient is Tlingit. He’s an artist in Fairbanks.  Aldona Jonaitis, Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, has written about his work and counts him a friend. The two… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:52 pm

Mary Shields and Judy Gottschalk

Mary Shields and Judy Gottschalk’s friendship was cemented through decades of adventures in Alaska. They lived like vagabonds, traveling the country on pennies, looking and finding an adventurous life. They both relied on luck, the kindness of strangers and Mary’s sense of direction.

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December 24, 2009 - 2:51 pm

Tom O’Conner

Love can start in strange ways. And in the case of Tom O’Conner, a Dillingham fisherman, the ingredients include spilled spaghetti and a motorcycle ride. He tells the story of how he met his wife to her father, Ward Hulbert.

Johanna Eurich

December 24, 2009 - 2:50 pm

Mark and Denise Wartes

Mark Wartes grew up in Barrow. A white man, he was one of the last to live a traditional nomadic life on the North Slope. Unlike others, he did not choose a native wife to accompany him on the ice. Instead, he found his mate,… Read More

December 24, 2009 - 2:49 pm