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A Day in the Life: StoryCorps Facilitators, Part II

Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013.

What does it take to collect the stories across America? Today we are continuing our look into the lives of those famous few known as StoryCorps facilitators.

Last week, we learned a little bit about Jill Glaser, and a lot about how much it would take us to live on a submarine (read last week’s post to understand exactly what we’re talking about).

This week, we are paying a visit to Jill’s fellow Door-to-Door facilitator, Luis Gallo.

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Q: So far, what has been your most interesting experience during your time as a facilitator?

A: One of my most memorable experiences as a facilitator was getting the chance to record with a civil rights office in Jackson, MS and in their satellite office in Indianola, a small town on the Mississippi Delta. I recorded stories of civil rights activists who moved to Mississippi in the 1960′s to fight segregation and racial injustices. We also recorded with families that have been affected by institutionalized racism in the healthcare system, but amid the systemic injustices, have kept strong, inspiring, and resilient spirits.

Q: Where was your favorite or most memorable city?

A: I can’t narrow it down to one favorite or most memorable city. I think what makes a recording trip memorable is not only the city we record in, but the community we work with.

Q: What is the best part of the job?

A: The best part of being a facilitator is what I experience in the recording space and listening to first person accounts of people’s lives. For that I am truly honored! Being jet lagged, spending time away from home and flight delays become more manageable.

Another great part of the job has been going to cities and towns I would not have gone on my own. Some of those including places as far as Fairbanks, AK as glamorous as Miami, FL or rustic as Missoula, MT.

Visiting StoryCorps recording space in Bronx, NY. Photo courtesy Luis Gallo.

Visiting in a recording space in Bronx, NY. Photo courtesy Luis Gallo (R).

Q: What are your favorite tunes to listen to during your travels?

A: About every week I have a new song I obsess over, so I play it over and over until a find a new one. I understand that this might drive my co-facilitators crazy, to which I apologize.

Q: Did you and/or the team create any favorite travel games on your many trips?

A: ( Joking ) I actually don’t play any games on the road, recording the voices of America is not a game people.

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Luis and co-facilitator, Chaela Herridge-Meyer, soaked on a rainy day in Maryland during a recording trip.

Q: Is there anything you’ve learned as a facilitator that you did not expect to learn?

A: Being a lover of cities and having been raised in them all my life, I realized that I had misconceptions of small towns across the U.S. and rural geographies in general. I have been surprised and delighted by the vibrancy and charm of many small towns I’ve gotten the chance to work in.

Blog Extra: See Luis’ full interview on Telemundo. Part I and Part II.

Luis recording a segment for Telemundo at our Lower Manhattan Booth.

Luis recording a segment for Telemundo at our Lower Manhattan Booth.

 

Is there something about the facilitator job you’d like to learn more about? Let us know in the comment section below!



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  • This job sounds so fun and fulfilling! I would love to work with StoryCorps.

    Comment from Rachel Barnhart on November 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply to this Comment

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