Austin Family On Immigration, Starting Over And Not Being Scared

May 14, 2018

Andrew Magnuson, Miriam Magnuson, and Elena Furman

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

A little over twenty-eight years ago, when she was thirty, Elena Furman and her eight-year-old daughter Miriam immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union, arriving in American on November 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall fell. Elena and Miriam recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with Miriam’s husband, Andrew, who is a Texas native.

This piece was produced for KUT by Michael Lee with interviews recorded at StoryCorps, a national nonprofit with a mission to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. 

Thank you to our sponsors of StoryCorps' visit to Austin: Cap Metro and We Are Blood