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Journalists interested in interviews, press materials or other information:
- The project is called StoryCorps (pronounced “story core”).
- Since its founding in 2003, StoryCorps has interviews with more than 600,000 participants from across the country recording in a recording booth, using the free StoryCorps App or other digital platforms to preserve their stories. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
- Interviews recorded are added to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
- The first StoryBooth recording site opened October 23, 2003 in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. As of 2018, StoryCorps operates StoryBooths in Atlanta and Chicago.
- Our MobileBooth travels across the country, partnering with local public radio stations in various cities for one month at a time. StoryCorps Mobile Tour began May 19, 2005.
- With the permission of the participants, edited stories from each booth are broadcast on a partner public radio station. Selected stories are produced by StoryCorps for national broadcast on NPR. Selected stories are also produced as animations, which are seen on public television stations across the country and millions more online.
- StoryCorps has released five books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012), Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013), and Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (2016).
- StoryCorps is an independently funded 501(c)(3) organizations. We ask for a voluntary donation at the end of each recording session to support our work and ensure access to everyone. We fundraise throughout the year to help cover costs of recording, archiving, and preserving each interview and to continue our mission.
- In 2020, StoryCorps will bring to national scale its newest effort, One Small Step. Click here for press release and materials relating to One Small Step.
Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given people of all backgrounds and beliefs, in thousands of towns and cities in all 50 states, the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories with the public through StoryCorps’ podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connection; and remind us how much more we have in common than what divides us.
StoryCorps is especially committed to capturing and amplifying voices least heard in the media. The StoryCorps MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer the organization has transformed into a traveling recording booth, crisscrosses the country year-round to gather the stories of people nationwide. With the 2015 TED Prize awarded to Isay, StoryCorps launched a free mobile app that puts the StoryCorps experience entirely in the hands of users and enables anyone, anywhere to record meaningful conversations with another person and upload the audio to the Library of Congress. StoryCorps also records interviews in StoryBooths located in Chicago and Atlanta.
Recording a traditional StoryCorps interview couldn’t be easier. At one of our locations, you and a loved one, or anyone else you choose, are met by a trained facilitator who explains the interview process. You are then brought into a quiet recording room and seated across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,” and you share a 40-minute conversation. After the session, you are emailed a link to your interview, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come. If you are not able to get to a recording booth or would prefer to do the interview at home, the StoryCorps app serves as the facilitator, guiding users through the interview experience, from recording to archiving to sharing their stories with the world. It provides easy-to-use tools to help people prepare interview questions; record high-quality conversations on their mobile devices; and upload the audio to archive.storycorps.org, which serves as a home for these recordings and also provides interview and editing resources. In 2020, StoryCorps debuted StoryCorps Connect, a new video-based platform that makes it possible for two people in different locations to conduct a StoryCorps interview remotely in light of COVID-19.
StoryCorps is a national institution that fosters a culture of listening in the United States; celebrates the dignity, power and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us; and helps us recognize that every life and every story matters equally. In the coming years StoryCorps hopes to touch the lives of every American family.
Please visit the About page for more information about StoryCorps’ mission and core principles; how and where StoryCorps interviews are recorded, archived and shared; the origins and history of the project; major initiatives; and StoryCorps’ impact by the numbers.
Images, Video & Audio
Behind-the-scenes at StoryCorps
- An intro to StoryCorps from Founder Dave Isay
- StoryCorps MobileBooth short doc
- Dave Isay gives TED Talk as winner of 2015 TED Prize, March 2015.
- Dave Isay returns to the TED stage on one-year anniversary of StoryCorps App, April 2016.
A selection of StoryCorps’ most beloved stories
15 Memorial Day Activities for the Whole Family, Meghan Jones, Reader’s Digest, August 14, 2021.
StoryCorps’ Mission to Bridge the U.S. Political Divide, ABC News, “This Week,” April 11, 2021.
How I Time-Travel to Parent My Adult Son, Erik Vance, The New York Times, April 9, 2021.
A Key to Bridging the Political Divide: Sit Down and Talk?, Glenn Gamboa, Associated Press, March 30, 2021.
Small Steps: How Americans Can Come Together to Bridge Our Dangerous Political Divide, Dave Isay, USA Today, February 5, 2021.
How to Connect With Loved Ones on Thanksgiving Across Political Divide, NPR, “All Things Considered,” November 24, 2020.
Wichita Has a Chance to Model for the Rest of the Country How We Can Be, Carrie Rengers, The Wichita Eagle, October 14, 2020.
New Audio Collection Highlights Underrepresented Voices, Honors Late Journalist Liyna Anwar, Carrie Rengers, The Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2020.
Now Is the Time to Ask Your Loved Ones About Their Lives, Dave Isay, The New York Times, May 13, 2020.
StoryCorps Connect Gives You Every Reason to Call Grandma, Arielle Pardes, WIRED, April 11, 2020.
The Questions You Wish You Had Asked Your Parents, Clare Ansberry, The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2020.
How Can Public Media Heal a Divided Nation?, Andrea Smardon, Current, June 14, 2019.
Stonewall Reminds Us We Must Preserve the Stories of LGBTQ Seniors, Dave Isay, The Advocate, May 10, 2019.
Hi Democrat, I’m a Republican, Let’s Not Hate Each Other: The Quixotic Movement to Get Opposing Voters to Talk, Lavanya Ramanathan, The Washington Post, January 4, 2019.
In the Age of hateful Twitter Rants, StoryCorps is Connecting People with Different Viewpoints, Daniella Emanuel, CNN, November 23, 2018.
Google and YouTube Team Up with StoryCorps to Tell Veterans’ Stories, Melissa Locker, Fast Company, November 11, 2018.
How StoryCorps is Breaking Down Barriers with its ‘One Small Step’ Campaign, Good Morning America, September 27, 2018.
New StoryCorps Initiative Looks to Bridge Widening Political Divide,Tyler Falk, Current, October 9, 2018.
StoryCorps’ Thanksgiving Listen Asks Kids to Record Elders, Associated Press, September 21, 2017.
This Thanksgiving, Try StoryCorps’ Oral History Project, Emma Bowman, NPR, November 18, 2017.
Introducing a New Social Experiment, Dave Isay appears on WNYC’s Indivisible to launch One Small Step, StoryCorps’ initiative that bring people together from across the poltical divide, April 4, 2017.
StoryCorps Shares Thanksgiving Stories, NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, November 23, 2016.
StoryCorps Urges Conversations on Election This Thanksgiving, Matt Sedensky, The Associated Press, November 21, 2016.
For StoryCorps, Seeking More Diverse Participation Laid Foundation for Growth, Jill Goldsmith, Current, July 21, 2016.
Listening as an Act of Love, Dave Isay is interviewed by Krista Tippett on the nationally syndicated public radio show On Being, May 12, 2016.
Experiment with StoryCorps in Schools Yields More than 50,000 Interviews, Emma Brown, The Washington Post, December 17, 2015.
Dave Isay on StoryCorps and The Great Thanksgiving Listen, NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, November 19, 2015.
It’s Time to Record Our Grandparents’ History, Geoffrey Fowler, The Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2015.
Dave Isay’s StoryCorps is Archiving the World’s Narrative, Charlie Burton, WIRED UK, August 2015.
StoryCorps Launches The Great Thanksgiving Listen, Dave Isay appears on ABC’s Good Morning America to launch The Great Thanksgiving Listen, August 10, 2015.
Collecting Human Voices With a StoryCorps App, Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times, March 27, 2015.
David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize for StoryCorps, an Oral History Project, Noam Cohen, The New York Times, November 17, 2014.
Intrepid Tales: Colbert Honors StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, October 17, 2014.
StoryCorps’ OutLoud, Dave Isay appears on PBS’ Charlie Rose to discuss StoryCorps’ major initiative OutLoud, which records and preserves the stories of LGBTQ people across America, July 1, 2014.
The Story of Gay America, via Personal Interviews, Elizabeth Jensen, The New York Times, June 1, 2014.
StoryCorps Uses Vocal Archives to Document American Lives, CBS This Morning, January 9, 2014.
When the Listening Trumps the Tale: StoryCorps Marks Its 10th Anniversary, Brian Stelter, The New York Times, October 23, 2013.