Omaha's Story

A collection of interviews done in conjunction with StoryCorps' visits to Omaha in 2007 and 2015.

(by Bob Coate)

Frances & Jim Swanson

Omaha's Story, Becoming a citizen

Frances Smyth Swanson tells her husband, Jim Swanson, about how she became a U.S. citizen.

(by Jenna Weiss-Berman)

Rachel Rosenberg & Abe Sass

Omaha's Story, Experiences in Auschwitz

Rachel Rosenberg talks with close friend Abe Sass about her experiences in a concentration camp in Auschwitz.

(by Lena Richardson)

Seth Fries & Dave Whitaker

Omaha's Story, Overcoming Illiteracy

Literacy Center for the Midlands tutor Dave Whitaker talks with one of his students, Seth Fries, about the challenges of overcoming illiteracy.

(by Jenna Weiss-Berman)

Rufus White & Vida Stabler

Omaha's Story, Traditional Omaha Tribe Music

Vida Stabler talks with Rufus White about singing and playing traditional Omaha Tribe music.

(by Lena Richardson)

Freddie & Ben Gray

Omaha's Story, How Youth influences your life

Freddie Gray talks to her husband Ben about how his youth influenced his life.

(by Jenna Weiss-Berman)

Tracy, Tamarrah & David Wernsman

Omaha Story's, A story of Adoption

Tracy Wernsman shares the story of how she came to adopt her children, Tamarrah and David.

(by Jenna Weiss-Berman)

Diane Watson, Christine Besen & Mary Pat Champion

Omaha's Story, Remembering a Sister

Eight years ago, Laura Watson was killed by a random act of violence. Today, her three sisters share memories of Laura and tell how her death impacted their lives.

(by Bob Coate)

Jerry Hassett and Kay Scarpello

Omaha's Story, WWII

For this Memorial Day edition, Kay Scarpello talks to her uncle, former Omaha politician Jerry Hassett, about serving in World War II.

Jean Davie and Sarah Davie Riehl

Omaha's Story, A father lost to WWII

Sarah Hiatt Davie Riehl asks her mother, Jean Davie, about her birth father. Richard Estes Hiatt was killed in World War II shortly after Sarah was born.

Brianna Marshall & Jan Holt

Omaha's Story, Young Mother, and Addiction

Brianna Marshall asks her grandmother, Jan Holt, about becoming a parent at a young age. Then she talks about life with a mother who's addicted to drugs.