Salinas, CA – The day after Thanksgiving is the StoryCorps National Day of Listening. It's a day to make time to interview someone important to you and preserve their story whether it's with a tape recorder or pen and paper.
Francine Rodd of Marina interviewed her father Cambrel Marshall when the StoryCorps Mobile Booth stopped in Salinas. Marshall told his daughter how his mother and the military shaped his life.
Monterey County – About a thousand people lined up for the swine flu vaccine during a clinic held by the Monterey County Health Department at Hartnell College in Salinas. "I have chronic asthma and I have a baby that I'm breastfeeding. He's only four months and two days," said Anamaria Guillermo. Renee Kennedy was also in line. "My daughter's severe asthmatic and any virus can put her in the hospital so we try to take as many precautions as possible," she said.
Monterey Bay Area – Every year literally tons of fruits and vegetables would go to waste if it wasn't for gleaning. The group Ag Against Hunger organizes weekly outings into local fields and orchards to save produce that for one reason or another won't be headed to market. It's then passed on to food banks. Their stories have been captured in a project called Gleaning Stories. Radio Producer Rusten Hogness is one of the creators of the Gleaning Stories Project. He shares this gleaning story.
Salinas, CA – Artists Jacob Rafael Estrada and Luis Cerna met at the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts in Salinas. During their StoryCorps interview, Estrada talks about the challenge of turning a moment of inspiration into art.