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Parma seniors share personal stories through new 'Sound of Us' series

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Ideastream's new "Sound of Us" series focusing on seniors in Parma.

For several years now, Ideastream's “Sound of Us” series has told the stories of everyday Ohioans through their own voices.

The series has dug into topics such as poetry from formerly incarcerated individuals, stories about acceptance from young people in the LGBTQ+ community, and most recently the stories of immigrants and refugees who have recently settled Northeast Ohio.

The newest collection of stories from the 'Sound of Us' are those of senior citizens who all frequent the Donna Smallwood Activities Center in Parma.

Ideastream reporters and producers met with these older adults, and recorded their stories. Everything from surviving World War II in Europe, to coming out as transgender later in life and even maintaining romantic relationships into their 90s.

Thursday on the “Sound of Ideas” we'll kick off this latest series by hearing the first story - which deals with one woman's yearning to serve in the US military.

Later in the hour, we’ll hear from a professor from Oberlin College, whose new book looks at how personal artifacts and amulets played a role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Finally, the next installment in our "Read With Us" series.

- Justin Glanville, Senior Producer - Community Storytelling
- Linda Pike, "Sound of Us" storyteller
- Matthew Francis Rarey, Associate Professor, Oberlin College; Author, "Insignificant Things"
- Anna Huntsman, Akron-Canton Reporter, Ideastream Public Media

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.
Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”