StoryCorps in Yuma: Listening Back to a Grandmother's Dream in 2010

Nov 22, 2019

StoryCorps will be in Yuma until December 21st.  By now you’ve probably heard or read that StoryCorps is a mobile recording booth and it’s a project that requires public involvement. 

A converted air stream trailer contains a recording booth where regular people sit down for a 40-minute conversation with a loved one, a friend, maybe even an enemy, and talk about anything they want. 

StoryCorps has been here before.  And if you still aren’t sure exactly what StoryCorps is – we have a couple of examples.

In 2010, 63-year-old Emilia Ramirez Carillo was interviewed by her grandson, Adam Fajardo, who was 12 at the time. You can listen to it below.

Carillo was born in Illinois but was sent to live in Mexico as a four year old where she lived with her grandmother.  Her grandmother did not speak English. 

After a few years she started attending school in the United Sates and had to re-learn English – a challenge she tackled, as you’ll hear, with joy, as she once again found herself in her home country.

Emilia Ramirez Carillo was interviewed by her grandson in the StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth on January 10, 2010.  KAWC's Lou Gum spoke to a family member of Carillo. 

She is still teaching English to local students at the Crane School District and Adam Fogardo, who was 12 in 2010, is now a Northern Arizona University graduate and is living and working in Flagstaff.  Their conversation is stored now in the Library of Congress.