"NPR's Steve Inskeep has a confession to make. In order to remain composed as the host of Morning Edition, he sometimes has to turn the volume down in the studio when the StoryCorps segment airs on Fridays. 'I just wait for the clock to run down so I know when to talk at the end because otherwise I know I'm going to lose it if I listen to that story,' Inskeep says. 'It's deeply moving.'".-- NPR
Well, I must admit to the same experience. The first time I heard StoryCorps by chance on the radio, it brought a lump to my throat, and reading the collected interviews in Listening Is An Act of Love, had the same effect. It is just one of the most profoundly touching books I've ever read. Some of the stories are simple, some are dramatic, but every interview is a revelation.
If you have a story to tell, or would like to invite someone to talk about their life, hurry on over to a StoryBooth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.(free with your Discover and Go Pass). The booth will be there through December 15. Says radio producer and StoryCorps founder David Isay, "I realized how many people among us feel completely invisible, believe their lives don't matter and fear they'll someday be forgotten."
He had the idea to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. He set up the first recording booth in Grand Central Station on October 23, 2003. Since then, two StoryCorps MobileBooths converted from Airstream trailers began traveling the country, collecting thousands of interviews in all 50 states. Modeled after the WPA interviews of the 1930s and inspired by master oral historian Studs Terkel, it is the largest oral history project of its kind.
The StoryCorps interviews usually take place between two people who know and care about each other. They can be friends, family or even acquaintances who have a shared experience. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the process. After their 40-minute recording session, they receive a copy of their story and with permission, a copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Some stories may be aired on NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the StoryCorps website.
Here is that first story I heard which was so moving to me and introduced me to StoryCorps.