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StoryCorps Behind the Scenes

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008.

Almost everyday StoryCorps facilitators are recording interviews all across America in our MobileBooths, StoryBooths, and at field recording sites through our Door-to-Door program. Although interviews are an hour long, the interview process continues long after participants have left the recording space. After each interview participants receive a professionally recorded copy of their interview while another copy of the interview is archived at the Library of Congress. Following the interview facilitators carefully prepare an archive entry that eventually travels to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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Facilitator Rachel Falcone prepares a participant’s memories to be preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

The work of preserving the memories of everyday folks across the country does not end with the facilitator. Working hard at our home office in Brooklyn, New York is our Facilities & Archive department, affectionately known to the StoryCorps family as F&A. F&A works tirelessly to maintain our recording facilities as they crisscross the country. And after the facilitator creates an archive entry of each recording, F&A is there to ensure that each recording is properly preserved.

Earlier this month Facilities & Archive Coordinator Mike Dougherty traveled to Wyoming for a routine inspection of the West MobileBooth, now parked in Laramie. Mike works daily with facilitators making sure that all our equipment is working in peak performance. Before he left Laramie he recorded a conversation between facilitators Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone, to make sure that everything was running smoothly.

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Facilities and Archive Coordinator Mike Dougherty making some final adjustments before heading back to Brooklyn.



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