I love radio: StoryCorps

Where have I been in my life that it has taken me so long to get back to loving radio --  audio of magnificent variety, shared.
Take , for instance, StoryCorps.Photo of Studs Terkel by Robert Birnbaum
Wow! This is a peoples' history of our time. and the Americans in the Studs Terkel tradition do it so well. To get a feel for this, check out the transcript or better the powerful audio in this edition of Democracy Now!
The voice of everyday people is here and it is so overwhelming. In  Australia the closest we get offered is the excellent Street Stories.
But nothing like this.

DAVE ISAY: StoryCorps is a project that started about two-and-a-half years ago in Grand Central Terminal, and it's a very simple idea. We built a booth in Grand Central, and you bring anyone you want to the booth -- your grandmother, a friend, the person who brings you eggs in the morning at the diner every day, anyone who you want to get to know. And you're met at the time booth by someone who's called a facilitator, someone who works for us. And for a few minutes, a facilitator talks to you about how to do an oral history and then brings you inside the booth and closes the door.

And we have designed it as a sort of sacred space, so it's very dark and perfectly quiet in the middle of Grand Central Terminal. And you sit across from your grandmother. The facilitator is sitting in the corner. And for 40 minutes you talk about anything you want to talk about. But most people talk about the big kind of life questions, like: How do you want to be remembered? What are the most important moments of your life? What did you sing to me when I was a kid? At the end of the 40 minutes, two CDs have been burned. And one goes home with you, and another one goes to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to become part of an oral history of America.

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