The Great Thanksgiving Listen

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national movement that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where they will serve as an invaluable resource for future historians.

Now in its third year, the Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge issued by our Founder Dave Isay into a vital intergenerational movement. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 75,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history.

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Join us and help create a culture of listening that echoes across the nation. Sign up here and be the first to receive updates, the new 2017 Teacher Toolkit, tips for recording a great interview, and other recipes for success.

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Not a teacher or a school? You can still participate & make history.

Download the StoryCorps App, select your questions, and take some time to listen and record a loved one this Thanksgiving.

About the App

The StoryCorps mobile app was launched in 2015 using the $1 million TED Prize awarded StoryCorps Founder and President Dave Isay with the goal of taking the StoryCorps experience out of the booth and putting it entirely in the hands of users, enabling anyone, anywhere to record conversations with another person and then easily archive them at the U.S. Library of Congress and on the website.

Each week, the StoryCorps podcast shares these unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry in the words of people you might not notice walking down the street.