Theme: “Old School”
Storyteller: Renée Rossi
Renée shares the inspiring things she learned growing up in Detroit as a homicide detective’s daughter during the worst economic and desegregation times — and how she fought to become an ear, nose, and throat doctor.
Theme: “Old School”
Storyteller: George Palmer
George’s mother liked to say “Manners make a man.” Follow him through his story of how his difficult relationship with his mother affected him as a father and husband — and how he came to understand just what his mother meant.
It goes without saying that Oral Fixation is my go-to story telling muse in Dallas! Nothing compares. But when I’m in my car, the wonderful stories that come from the national award-winning NPR show StoryCorps can often be heard in my speakers. I’ve wondered what it would be like to be a part of a traveling show and get a behind-the-scenes view.
So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that StoryCorps was traveling to Dallas for the month of December, and I was able to attend a press conference launch this week as ambassador for Oral Fixation.
It was held outside at the ATTPAC center with the famous StoryCorps Airstream front and center. There were several speakers from KERA and StoryCorps, and the event was closed with a great band. A few of the North Texas stories that were already being recorded were Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and local multimedia artist Christopher Blay.
The more exciting part of the day for me was being able to share Oral Fixation with Emily Janssen, StoryCorps site manager. Two storytelling shows, two different platforms, yet both bringing the community together through real-life stories. The Dallas Morning News even captured my moment with Janssen.
OF and StoryCorps are being produced right across the street from each other, and we really hope to see Emily and the StoryCorps crew at our “Outside The Box” show on December 8.
The other bit of good news is that by pure luck I was able to reserve a StoryCorp interview/recording session for Friday, December 19. I’ll let you know how it goes!