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.

Raising A Family Amidst The Turbulence Of War

May 13, 2016
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“A soldier fights a war, but he doesn’t have his wife and kids with him,” says Kit Seddighzadeh about her experience living in Iran during a time of conflict. In the early 1980s, she had moved with her husband and two infant sons from the United States to Iran to be closer to her husband’s family. They had initially lived in Iran’s capital, Tehran, then relocated to family owned land close to the Iran-Iraq border, just as the war was reaching new heights of aggression.

She recalls the ever-present threat of Iraqi air raids on Shushtar, where she was living at the time.

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"Music has no ethnicity. Music comes from the heart."

Music brings people together no matter where you are in the world, says 75-year-old Rodolfo Lopez, the director of Conjunto Heritage Taller. When the StoryCorps Mobile Booth was in town earlier this year, the organization's managing director, Yadhira Lozano, asked him about spreading the love of conjunto music far and wide.

"Everywhere you go, people are people," Lopez says. And the music transcends cultural identity. 

'Hearsing Around' On A Cross-Country Trip

Apr 29, 2016
Courtesy Judy Peterson

“My mom loved to travel, but she couldn’t afford to go as often as she liked.”

Judy Peterson recalls her mother’s insatiable desire to travel, put into perspective by her “more practical” aunt Helen.

“Mom kept telling Helen over and over, that she really wanted to travel, she had bad cabin fever, and Helen was more practical, she said ‘Mary, the girls need clothes, you need to buy them clothes.’ And mom said ‘They’ll outgrow the clothes, but they won’t outgrow the trip.’”

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"I heard somebody say, 'Terrorists, go back to your home. You don't belong here.'"

Sarwat Husain came to America with her husband from Pakistan. She’s Muslim, but she didn’t always wear a hijab, the traditional head scarf donned by Muslim women outside the home. After 9/11, she gave it a try, and experienced a very different reality than the one she had previously known. "Now I knew that something had to be done," she remembers. Husain reaches out to all faiths and works to educate the public about Islam.

Jesse Borrego's Roots Prepared Him For 'Fame'

Apr 15, 2016
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“I got through the first part of my audition by actually tapping into my roots... who I was. I think that that’s paid off for me in my entire career, you know, my thirty [year] plus career,” concludes Jesse Borrego, as he reflects on the influence his family had on him as a young man growing up on the south side of San Antonio.

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