StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories by collecting, recording and archiving conversations between people from all over the United States. There are StoryCorps mobile units placed in communities across the country to capture these audio records and, since its founding in 2003, they have recorded more than 60,000 interviews among more than 100,000 participants in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several American territories.
StoryCorps interviews usually take place between two people who know and care about each other. They can be friends, family, or mere acquaintances. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy of each interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. Segments of select interviews may air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. These interviews can also be heard on the StoryCorps website.
While StoryCorps’ mission is to create this invaluable archive for future generations, they also strive to create a more just and compassionate world. This is achieved by reminding one another of our shared humanity, by strengthening and building connections between people, and by teaching the value of listening.