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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: “The city is like one big house”

One day while renovating her recently purchased home, 55-year-old Tate Osten heard a knock on the door. When she answered it, she found a woman she’d never met: 90-something-year-old Myldret “Bernice” Leatherwood.

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Tate Osten and Myldret “Bernice” Leatherwood

The average person wouldn’t have had that much nerve. What caused me to do that?” asks Leatherwood, about three years later. “It was something that caused me to stop and meet you, Tate.”

This house has soul,” says Osten.

In this StoryCorps interview, they explain how their mutual love of architecture and a dramatic gift began what they describe as an unlikely friendship. They also tell of their dreams for the city they both call home.

Click on the player at the top of this page to listen to this episode of StoryCorps Detroit. You can also subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Image credit: StoryCorps

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

  

 

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Laura Herberg

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Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region, the issues that affect them, as well as classic public radio “fluff.”

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