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.

Local production of StoryCorps is sponsored by ESD Digital Marketing, and also made possible by Monterrey Iron & Metal and Codeup.

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.

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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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“What do you mean, ‘it’s not in the grooves’?” Vikki Carr remembers asking her record label, incredulously, after they balked at releasing the song “It Must Be Him” as a single.

“How could a guy sitting behind a desk know that [the song] wasn’t going to make it? I was the one dealing with the audience,” Carr says, noting the standing ovations she got every night in the 1960s.

Carr continues, “There are things in your heart you have to fight for.”

Sure enough, “It Must Be Him” became a number 3 pop hit and number one easy listening hit in 1967.

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“Believe it or not, the best [English] teacher I had was the radio station,” says 88-year-old Edgar Fischel, “because they repeat so much!”

Fischel came to America from Costa Rica as a teenager. A self-described troublemaker in school, he grew up to be a respected educator and school administrator in San Antonio. Now retired, he spends his time building houses--little ones… as you’ll hear in this edition of StoryCorps South Texas.

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"She's my hero," says Laura Wolfe of her daughter, MacKenzi. Born with medulloblastoma, Macky--as her parents call her-- has been in and out of doctors' offices for most of her life. But what Wolfe remembered most when she visited the StoryCorps Mobile Booth were not the trials Macky has endured, but an example of grace.

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