For a non-American, it was a pleasant experience to discover StoryCorps. I found this animated storytelling on Vimeo recently. And found out that StoryCorps started recording stories long before it became a new trend in marketing.
Real stories like this one from Gweneviere Mann.
She lost her short-term memory, following surgery to remove a brain tumor, she was forced to navigate life in a new way. But she wasn’t alone. With the support of her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, Gweneviere found she could tackle the challenges her condition threw her way—and a few more.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 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, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and their website.
Someone like me who grew up with radio knows that listening to stories is a pleasant and distinct experience. And I heard that the NPR’s Morning Edition is very popular.
I’m very curious to see if there are identical initiatives in other countries.
Starting November 28, StoryCorps celebrates their 10th anniversary until December 28. They do it with Listening Is an Act of Love, features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project.
Each story reflects StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s fundamental belief: “We can learn so much about the people all around us — even about the people we already know — just by taking the time to have a conversation.”