StoryCorps Connect is a new technology developed quickly in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The technology is still in development, and we appreciate your patience with any issues you may experience.
What is StoryCorps Connect?
Developed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview goes into our archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Your interview becomes part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in. We think of StoryCorps as an ever-growing archive of the wisdom of humanity.
Using StoryCorps Connect, in Eight Steps
1. Pick someone you want to honor with an interview and invite them to participate.
2. Prepare for your interview using our Great Questions list. A standard StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes long, although your interview can be shorter. Most participants have time to ask 6-8 questions over the course of an interview.
3. Log in. Make sure both you and your partner are logged in to StoryCorps.
4. Visit the StoryCorps Connect recording page. Once you are there, send the provided interview link to your partner.
5. Start recording, and ask important questions. Click “Start Audio Recording”. Don’t forget to use our Great Questions.
6. End your interview. Click “Stop Recording,” and then, “Save Interview”.
7. Add a title and keywords to your interview if you are the organizer of the interview. If you are the invitee, you won’t need to do anything!
8. Share and archive your interview. If you are the organizer of the interview, you’ll be prompted to select your privacy settings. Note: it might take up to 30 minutes for you to access to your interview while it is being processed.
Useful Guides for Getting Started
For Teachers & Educators
Download the StoryCorps Connect toolkit for multimedia resources and lessons to support young people as they learn to interview, record, and listen to the stories of family members and loved ones.
StoryCorps cares about your privacy. You have control over how you want to share your story, and who to share it with.
Partners and Supporters