StoryCorps Northwest

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The StoryCorps mobile tour was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Additional support for the Lewiston-Clarkston stop was provided by Innovia Foundation.

Marianne Patton and Susan Little

Air Date -09.09.2020

Growing up in Chelan, Susan Little knew early being gay was unacceptable in her small town. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Susan and her wife Marianne Patton talk about those early days, and how much has changed for gays and lesbians since they fell in love 35 years ago.

Collage of portraits of StoryCorps Northwest Participants

Collecting Stories Together, In A Year Spent Apart: A StoryCorps Northwest Special


Collage of portraits of StoryCorps Northwest Participants
Portraits of StoryCorps Northwest Participants. Many people shared their stories virtually for StoryCorps Northwest, which took place in summer 2020.

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Storytelling is in our DNA. It’s how we process our experiences, learn from others and pass down important information.

In this hour-long special hear the following stories: Growing up next to a Japanese internment camp; becoming a doctor while pregnant; a family’s healing after two suicides; hiding in an attic in World War II Germany; dealing with traumatic brain injuries;  laying the foundation for the Americans with Disabilities Act; and creating inclusive college campuses.  

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Special thanks to Innovia Foundation and their Chief Executive Officer, Shelly O’Quinn, for helping to make StoryCorps Northwest and this special possible. 

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Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan, right


StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Rachel Jameton struggled as a new teacher at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Her colleague, Jane Finan, co-taught biology with her. The two talk about mentorship and how disappointing a teacher can be transformative for a student, in this episode of  StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods


StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan, right

StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship


Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan, right
Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan are professors at Lewis Clark State College. They discuss the difficulties of women in STEM and how important it is to be greeted into fields of study.

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Asotin, Washington, resident Rachel Jameton struggled as a new teacher at Lewis Clark State College in nearby Lewiston, Idaho. Her colleague, Jane Finan, co-taught biology with her. The two talk about mentorship and how disappointing a teacher can be transformative for a student, in this episode of  StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually.

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Dec. 30, 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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Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan, right


StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Rachel Jameton struggled as a new teacher at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Her colleague, Jane Finan, co-taught biology with her. The two talk about mentorship and how disappointing a teacher can be transformative for a student, in this episode of  StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods


StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods

StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic


Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods
Robin Woods interviews her step-mother, Evelyn, about hiding in an attic in Berlin, Germany during WW2. Robin asks her mother to compare that time to current COVID-19 isolation and restrictions.

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When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually.

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Dec. 23, 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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Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan, right


StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Rachel Jameton struggled as a new teacher at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Her colleague, Jane Finan, co-taught biology with her. The two talk about mentorship and how disappointing a teacher can be transformative for a student, in this episode of  StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods


StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

Mother and daughter pose after sharing stories about the 1918 pandemic and Covid-19 pandemic.

StoryCorps Northwest: Family Hit By Loss During 1918 Pandemic Reflects On COVID-19


Mother and daughter pose after sharing stories about the 1918 pandemic and Covid-19 pandemic.
Peggy Ward with her daughter, Lynne Embrey. They spoke about deaths in their family during the 1918 flu pandemic, and similarities and differences with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This year, you may have heard references to the 1918 pandemic, referred to as the Spanish flu. Peggy Ward of Moscow, Idaho, shares the story of her grandmother who died in the 1918 pandemic and how it affected her family and the community. She spoke with her  daughter, Lynne Embrey, for StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. 

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Dec. 16, 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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Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods


StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

Ali Bretthauer and her mother, Catherine Perusse

StoryCorps Northwest: She Became A Counselor After Two Sons Died By Suicide


Ali Bretthauer and her mother, Catherine Perusse
Ali Bretthauer and her mother, Catherine Perusse, talk about how the suicides in their family shaped them.

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NOTE: This episode of StoryCorps Northwest addresses suicide and its impact on one family. If you or someone you know is dealing with  suicidal thoughts or other mental health crisis, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or chat online live with a counselor at suicidepreventionlifeline.org

In 2018, Idaho had the fifth-highest number of suicides in the country. Catherine Perusse is a counselor in Sandpoint, Idaho, who knows first-hand about the devastation of suicide: Two of her sons died of self-inflected death six years apart. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Catherine and her daughter, Ali Bretthauer of Moscow, Idaho, share how the deaths changed their lives.

A poem written by Ali Bretthauer after her brother's suicide.

Poem by Ali Bretthauer written when she was twelve and read at her brother’s funeral.

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Dec. 2, 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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Rachel Jameton, left, and Jane Finan, right


StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Rachel Jameton struggled as a new teacher at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Her colleague, Jane Finan, co-taught biology with her. The two talk about mentorship and how disappointing a teacher can be transformative for a student, in this episode of  StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Two Science Professors On The Importance Of Mentorship

Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods


StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. and Hannah Snyder

StoryCorps Northwest: Making College Feel More Inclusive For Students Of Color


Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. and Hannah Snyder
University of Idaho associate professor Dr. Sidney Freeman Jr. speaks with his friend, Hannah Snyder, about making college more inclusive for people of color.

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Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr., an associate professor at the University of Idaho, uses his voice and his role to make higher education inclusive. He started the Progressive Black Caucus at Oakwood University in Alabama and brought the mission to Idaho to create a more efficient and welcoming environment for students of color. He talks with his friend Hannah Snyder about how to enable student success on this episode of StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually.

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Nov. 25, 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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Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods


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