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Because I Can Forgive

“I can understand him so much more now as an adult but as a child it was very hurtful.” Edited by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for Because I Can Forgive So my mom and my birth father divorced when I was a baby. My birth father came back from Vietnam with a severe case of PTSD […]

I Know Dirt

“I’m not living in any subdivision, never.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for I Know Dirt I grew up in a very rural area of northern Wisconsin. And farming has always been just a stone’s throw away from my reality. I have relatives that farmed, I grew up farming with those relatives, mostly dairy, – […]

Divorce Themselves from Gary

“We had this huge exodus and the population went from majority white to majority black.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Divorce Themselves from Gary Edited by Rebecca Warner. Transcript for Divorce Themselves from Gary Well when I first started out, I was covering mostly high school stuff for the Post-Tribune. There were some great […]

How Did This Happen?

“That whole transition from having a nice house to being homeless – it was a shock.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · How Did This Happen? Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for How Did This Happen? Part 1: How Did This Happen? “That whole transition from having a nice house to being homeless – it was a […]

Every Day Is Questionable

“Living in your car… it’s not a home.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Every Day Is Questionable Story by Connor O’Hagin. Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for Every Day Is Questionable I don’t’ know what exactly led up to it, but there was an eviction. I had to pack everything up, but there was […]

To Have a Yacht in Valpo

“Today and tomorrow are going to be frigid – zero degrees again.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · To Have a Yacht in Valpo Story by Eric Beaubreau. Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for To Have a Yacht in Valpo So, I’m not native to here, but I’ve been here a while. If I had […]

Very White-Looking

“I remember having to make a distinct choice of who I was going to hang out with.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Very White-Looking Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for Very White-Looking So my dad’s from Mexico, and my mom’s from Wisconsin, so I’m really Mexican-American. And he decided that we live in America, […]

I Didn’t Want to Be the Stigma Anymore

“I tried to make it as much about love…I love you so much, I’m going to call you out on your bullshit.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · I Didn't Want To Be The Stigma Anymore Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for I Didn’t Want to Be the Stigma Anymore I came into college going, […]