StoryCorps

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.

Walter Kanulie

Walter Kanulie is a Yupik Eskimo living in Togiak, Alaska where hunting and fishing is a way of life and traditional knowledge is something...

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...

Ginny Shaffer and Lisa Solomonson

Friends Ginny Shaffer and Lisa Solomonson recall the passing of Ginny's infant son, Bryson, twelve years ago. At the time, Lisa was a nurse who cared for Bryson and his twin sister, Holland. Both were born with heart defects. Ginny and Lisa reflect on the experience of caring for Bryson and Holland through this difficult time. Ginny and Lisa bonded during the care of Bryson and Holland through this difficult time. LISTEN HERE

Dorcas Rock

Dorcas Rock is a traditional healer in Barrow, Alaska. She spoke with her cousin Doreen Simmonds for StoryCorps Alaska. Dorcas has unusual gifts. Not...

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.” Listen now:

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...

Catherine Reamey and Sarena McArthur

Catherine Reamey and Sarena McArthur met as young girls in Dillingham, Alaska. They talked about their friendship for StoryCorps Alaska. Johanna Eurich Download Audio (MP3)

Bill Hess

Bill Hess lives in Barrow on the northern edge of Alaska. He was semi-adopted by an Inupiaq family - something he came to fully...

Kathleen Hollis and Agnes Twishime

Born in Congo, Agnes Twishime arrived at a refugee camp in Uganda when she was just three. Now with laundry services at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Agnes shares with Mission Services Director Kathleen Hollis, her experience as a child refugee and desire to help care for the vulnerable and those in need. Thanks for listening!

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...

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...

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...

Luke Koonook

Luke Koonook is 80 years old and he has been whaling since he was a young man. He talks to Doreen Simmonds for StoryCorps...

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...

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. Listen now:

Willy and Adrienne Shelton

Willy and Adrianne Shelton talk about their son Joel, his twin Nathan and their younger brother, and how Joel’s leukemia diagnosis and treatment has impacted their family, faith and relationships. LISTEN HERE

Ralph Pasana and Asia Harmeling

Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana talk about why they chose nursing. Ralph shares the memory when, as a teen one day, he wanted to spend time with friends rather than care for his grandmother and how that episode influences his work as a nurse today. LISTEN HERE

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. Listen now:

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...

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...