You might have seen the Story Corps booth somewhere in your travels. Here’s what they say: StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. . . . The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary. By helping people to connect, and to talk about the questions that matter, the StoryCorps experience is powerful and sometimes even life-changing.
Ordinary people telling the stories of their ordinary lives. Except. . . there are no ordinary lives. These stories matter. Listen online, on the radio, or by podcast. Here are several of my favorite stories. Take a few moments to listen; I’m sure you’ll be glad you did. If you only have time for one, you must meet Kioni “Popcorn” Marshall because she’s just so wise and adorable. Oh, and you have to hear Hunny and Elliot (“You’re not a fantastic dancer, but you hold me fantastically”). Matter of fact, treat yourself and listen to them all – they’re small (each just a few minutes long).
Kioni “Popcorn” Marshall and her father, Minister Beau Harris.
MJ Seide talks to her granddaughter Genna Alperin.
Hunny Reiken and her husband, Elliot.
David Wilson remembers his partner and his father.
George Caywood talks to his daughter Gina.
Theresa Nguyen and her daughter Stephanie – it’s never too late.
Scott Macaulay’s wonderful Thanksgiving story.

One Response to StoryCorps

  1. Helen Thomas-Williams says:

    Those StoryCorps tapes you recommended are so touching and filled with love. Thanks so much, Andrea, for reminding me about this organization and the work they do. The tapes tell a story, like your songs, and make me realize once again how important it is to connect with honesty and openness, how it brings out the best in us as human beings.

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