StoryCorps is a non-profit organization which has been audio recording American citizens’ oral histories and conversations for the past decade and a half. The mission of the organization is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
StoryCorps interviews usually take place between two people who know and care about each other. They can be friends, family, or mere acquaintances. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a CD of their interview, and with participant permission, a second copy of each interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. Segments of select interviews may air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. These interviews can also be heard on the StoryCorps website.
In light of the growing rancor that has come to dominate American political and social discourse, StoryCorps has launched a new program called “One Small Step” which is focused on facilitating and recording conversations between those who stand on opposite sides of the political divide. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay announced and described the new initiative on Good Morning America this past week.
Check out the video here or by clicking the video above, and visit the StoryCorps site to see how you can get involved.