StoryCorps South Texas

Fridays at 4:45 p.m., Saturdays at 8:35 a.m.

StoryCorps South Texas presents the oral histories of our community. Recorded at the StoryCorps mobile booth, each story is archived at the Library of Congress, and select interviews are broadcast on TPR News stations.

StoryCorps visited San Antonio in February, 2018 to record stories for its Military Voices Initiative. Broadcast of select stories will begin on TPR later this spring. Stories from previous StoryCorps visits may be heard below. Local production of StoryCorps is sponsored by USAA, esd a digital marketing agency, and Monterrey Iron & Metal.

About StoryCorps: ​StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

For many people, retirement marks the end of one chapter and the start of another. This is especially true for active-duty personnel when they transition into civilian life.

When asked about her own transition out of the military, Robin Harder — a former Spanish and Russian linguist for the Army — explained that her experience was easier than she thought it would be, in part because she set herself up for success.

As a 1990 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Anne Krause always looked up to women who graduated during the 1980s. Even though she felt a sense of resentment from her male peers during her own time at the academy, she knew that those women had a harder road than she did and that they paved the way for women in the Air Force.


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“People throw a rag doll in the air -- that is how I flew in the air,” said Henry Cannon. “I was hurt pretty good.”

After only a few weeks of basic training, Henry Cannon was assigned to the USS Tennessee (BB-43) battleship during World War II. Several days into the Battle of Okinawa, on April 12, 1945, a kamikaze hit the ship. Henry recalled rushing to save his wounded friends but his superior officer ordered him to seek cover because Henry was also badly wounded. 

Driven From Home And A Debt-Free Retirement

Jun 3, 2016
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Lupe Turner lived in the Mission Trails Mobile Home Park for 12 years when talks for rezoning the property into a high-end apartment complex started in early 2014.

“I don’t even remember when the sign was put out. It was a yellow or orange sign. I thought it was like somebody was having a yard sale or something, until I think my daughter brought it to my attention, ‘You know there’s a sign out there that said something about rezoning.’ And I thought ‘What does that mean?’ I didn’t even know what that meant.”

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“The Mercado was like the Ellis Island of San Antonio,” says Jorge Cortez. “Most of the immigrants worked there.”

Cortez’s father, Pete, was reminded of his homeland when he first encountered the bustling market. “Mi tierra,” Cortez says. “He saw the musicians, he saw the chili queens, he smelled the fruit… all of that made a difference [to him].”

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