“We are excited to use the new StoryCorps app to bring the country together in a project of listening, connection and generosity. Together we will collect the wisdom of a generation and archive it for the future, while at the same time reminding our grandparents how much their lives and stories matter.” –Dave Isay, StoryCorps Founder and President.

GTL_960x416_v.41Over the coming months StoryCorps will work with high school teachers across the country to ask students to interview a grandparent or elder over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Using the new free StoryCorps mobile app, participants will be able to upload their recordings to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and in one holiday weekend we will capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences.

For the Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps is partnering with The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, TED, NPR, and ABC News–our exclusive television partner (watch the GMA announcement). Educational partners include Facing History and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) along with sponsorship from The Rockefeller Foundation.

The scale of the Great Thanksgiving Listen is made possible by the new StoryCorps mobile app that was launched in March using the $1 million 2015 TED Prize.

The app takes the StoryCorps experience out of the booth and puts it entirely in the hands of users, enabling anyone, anywhere to record conversations with another person for archiving at the Library of Congress and on the new StoryCorps.me website.

StoryCorps hopes to make the Great Thanksgiving Listen a national tradition and to continue fostering meaningful connections within families, communities, classrooms while also creating a singular and priceless archive of American history and wisdom.

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