Save the date: November 23, 2017.

Nearly a quarter million people have recorded and shared their stories using the StoryCorps App.

More than 75,000 stories have been shared under the banner of The Great Thanksgiving Listen, our annual invitation for young people to interview an elder in their family or community. Now in its third year, the Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge issued by our Founder Dave Isay in 2015 into a vital intergenerational movement.

In 2017, we’re back for a third helping and inviting people across the country to make family history a topic at their Thanksgiving table. At a time when social media and technology creates echo chambers, isolating us from one another, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is an opportunity to use smartphones to bring Americans closer together.

New this year, we are working with our sponsor Adobe to use Adobe Spark to add photos, videos and other visual elements to StoryCorps recordings, enriching stories that will be uploaded to our archive and included in the special StoryCorps collection at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is also supported by Knight Foundation, which today announced new support for StoryCorps, and Barnes & Noble College.


  • Get the StoryCorps App for Android, iOS or Kindle, and record and upload your own interview to this growing collection.
  • Follow along on Facebook and Twitter using #TheGreatListen as we share interview tips, app updates and highlights from the archives.
  • Know a teacher that would like to participate? Invite them to our StoryCorps in the Classroom Facebook page.

To help bring attention to this year’s Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps is working with national partners in media, technology and education, as well as school districts and educators in all 50 states. Education partners include National Education Association, Facing History and Ourselves, Teach For America, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Civic Nation, Jack and Jill of America and the Journalism Education Association, and school districts across the country. Media partners include NPR, TED and the Library of Congress.

Sign up and make a plan to record: visit

View our full media announcement here. (PDF)