StoryCorps Northwest: Seeing Internment Camp And Housing Discrimination Changed Her Politics

Daughter Nancy Mahoney with her mother, Colleen.
Colleen Mahoney, right, is an active civic leader in Lewiston, Idaho. She was interviewed by her daughter, Nancy, for StoryCorps Northwest.

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When she was young, Lewiston resident Colleen Mahoney lived near the Minidoka Japanese Internment camp. That experience, plus witnessing housing discrimination in Utah, shaped her politics and community advocacy. She was interviewed by her daughter, Nancy, for StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. 

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Nov. 4, 2020. It was recorded as part of NWPB’s 2020 partnership with StoryCorps. Learn more about the national StoryCorps initiative here.

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