Frequently Asked Questions
- What is StoryCorps Historias?
- Where will StoryCorps Historias visit?
- How are interviews recorded?
- What is a StoryCorps interview?
- Who can participate in StoryCorps Historias?
- Why should I participate?
- How much does it cost to participate?
- How can I prepare for my interview?
- What will happen to my recording after my interview session?
- Will my story be broadcast for the public to hear?
- Can I get a transcript of my StoryCorps interview?
What is StoryCorps Historias?
StoryCorps Historias is an initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to collect stories of everyday Latinos. From September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010, StoryCorps Historias is making stops across the nation, partnering with radio stations, cultural institutions and membership organizations.
Where will StoryCorps Historias visit?
The Historias Mobile Booth will visit or has visited the following places: Houston, Fresno, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Albuquerque, and Yuma. Historias interviews will be available to the public at StoryBooths in New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Historias will also be visiting partner locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. For updated tour information visit the Locations & Reservations page.
How are interviews recorded?
At each stop, the Historias Mobile Booth is available by appointment to participants who want to record their life stories. Historias interviews are also available at StoryBooths in New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Our Facilitators also travel to community-based organizations where participants can have their stories recorded. All participants receive a copy of their 40-minute recording on CD. Additional copies are sent to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
What is a StoryCorps interview?
A StoryCorps interview is a conversation between two people who know each other. One person acts as the interviewer, and the other is the storyteller, or both people interview each other.
Who can participate in StoryCorps Historias?
Anyone who considers her/himself of Latino/Hispanic heritage and lives in the United States can participate in StoryCorps Historias.
Why should I participate?
StoryCorps interviews are a meaningful way to capture personal, family, organizational, or community history. The process of being interviewed by a friend, family member, or coworker can have a profound impact on both participants, encouraging growth, appreciation and understanding.
How much does it cost to participate?
StoryCorps is a public service available to everyone, at whatever donation level participants can afford. We suggest a minimum donation of $25 but do not require it for participation. All donations are voluntary and tax-deductible.
How can I prepare for my interview?
StoryCorps sessions are designed to be natural conversations and are not meant to be rehearsed. However, we do encourage participants to prepare a list of questions before the interview. To prepare, review what to expect and our suggested great questions list.
What will happen to my recording after my interview session?
You will receive a CD copy of your interview before you leave the booth. Please feel free to make copies of your interview for your friends and family.
Will my story be broadcast for the public to hear?
With permission from participants, a few of the thousands of stories we collect are edited by the StoryCorps Production team and broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition each Friday. These stories are also posted on our Listen pages and broadcast monthly on Latino USA, hosted by Maria Hinojosa.
Can I get a transcript of my StoryCorps interview?
We recommend the transcript services provided by the Tape Transcription Center in Boston, Massachusetts. You can have your full interview transcribed and returned to you. For prices and other questions, call TTC at 617-423-2151.