When Maria Yoon’s parents pressured her to get married, she turned to art. As she tells The Story’s Anita Woodley, Maria had 50 wedding ceremonies, with 50 different men, in 50 different states. Music: Do For Love, 2Pac
Residents of Moore, Oklahoma are still sorting through the pieces of their lives after a tornado tore through town killing 24 people. Abby Wendle and Sarah Geis bring us an audio portrait of two of the hardest-hit spots: The Plaza Towers Elementary School, and the Warren Theater.
Tanna Sherrill grew up in Michigan, in a working class family with Polish roots. Her dad worked in the auto plants, but by the time Tanna was in middle school, he was struggling to hold onto jobs as companies downsized and plants were closed. After his last job fell through, Tanna's father knew he'd have to leave Michigan to find factory work. When he moved to Mississippi, Tanna followed him, leaving her life behind to start over at Ole Miss and live with her dad.Also: a reality show reject.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been running a series of stories called At Home. As a part of the series, we’re exploring how people are finding a place to live in the midst of a difficult housing market. Three years ago, Chris J. had a job, a house, three cars and a year's worth of savings. Today, he is homeless. But Chris is finding a new community through his blog and a Twitter account. Chris thought by sharing his experiences he would gather a few followers. Little did he know that it would provide him with community and even a room to call his own. Also: a story of coincidence related to the song Danny Boy.
erry Belanger has a love for downtown Detroit. Where others may see vacant buildings and shattered windows, Jerry sees a city with soul. He’s committed to revitalizing the downtown area, an effort that started with renovating an abandoned building and opening his own bar.
Can an album cycle actually be reduced to a single day? That’s what three musicians, a lyricist and a producer set out to discover recently. The project is called “Eight in Eight." The crew holed up overnight, podcast the session live, and set out to write, record and distribute an album of eight songs in a single night. Amanda Palmer sang lead on many of the songs; Sean Slade produced the session.