“In a StoryCorps interview, two people record a meaningful conversation about who they are, what they have learned in life and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. After each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a digital copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. StoryCorps was founded in 2003.” Read more here.

StoryCorps explained

All the work that the StoryCorps mobile tour does happens in a parked trailer. The recording, photos, editing and archiving all occur in an Airstream trailer, customized to include office space, a photo space and a recording studio. The trailer traverses the country over the course of the year, stopping in big cities and tiny towns, all to record and archive the voices of Americans today.  See full story here.

Oral History Association (in USA)

Middle Tennessee State University is the new home for the 900 member Oral History Association.  Oral history collection is enjoying something of a renaissance, thanks in large part to the Association’s work. A good case in point: The popularity of StoryCorps histories as aired each week on National Public Radio.  For full story click here.

Great Thanksgiving Listen

The holiday season is a time when families gather, usually for food and fun.  But in an age of video games, cell phone chats and abbreviated texts, sometimes, thoughtful conversations with elders are missed.  This year, St. Louis Public Radio, in partnership with StoryCorps, invited students from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School to spend some time asking questions of an important person in their lives. And then to just let the other person talk. For full article with  audio excerpts click here.

StoryCorps Thanksgiving

In the span of just three minutes, NPR broadcasts excerpts from often deeply personal and frank conversations, allowing listeners to get a feel for what moves their fellow Americans, otherwise perfect strangers. Started 12 years ago by Dave Isay, a radio reporter, the project recently launched its smartphone app,, in the hopes of making it easier for people to participate.  For full story click here.  




Schoolchildren interview their elders

High school students across the country (USA) are making oral history this week by recording interviews with their elders in an unprecedented effort to stockpile wisdom for the ages. The Great Thanksgiving Listen was conceived by leaders of the nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps. They're encouraging kids to send their audio recordings to a Library of Congress archive, using a free smartphone app available online at StoryCorps president and found Dave Isay hoped to double, in one weekend, the 65,000 audio recordings StoryCorps has collected since 2003. Read full story and take the links to listen to the interviews here.