StoryCorps provides a sound booth, a recording engineer, and a simple interviewer’s how-to for folks who aren’t sure how to begin. Forty minutes later, participants go home with a CD of their conversation and, quite often, a life-changing memory. Their stories become part of a great American oral history time capsule—each interview is archived at the Library of Congress. And a number of them have aired on NPR.
Founder Dave Isay, recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant for his project, will be at Parnassus Books tonight at 6:30 p.m. to talk about it and read from his book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps.
And speaking of Parnassus, co-owner Ann Patchett penned a love letter to Nashville over at HuffPo.