Tuesday, July 4, 2006

  • StoryCorps: National Social History Project Records Ordinary People Telling Their Stories to Each Other

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    We hear the voices of people, citizen and non-citizen, old and young telling their stories to each other. A grandmother tells her grandson about her own childhood. A young man proposes to his girlfriend. A soldier talks about his experience in war. A father remembers a loved one who passed away....All of these are stories told by ordinary Americans. Now, thousands of them are preserved forever–in sound.

    Three years ago, award-winning radio producer Dave Isay created a national social history project called * StoryCorps*. It now has the potential to become one of the largest documentary oral history projects ever donated to the Library of Congress. [includes rush transcript]

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