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[Mar. 21st, 2006|03:17 pm]
Roy Janik
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I just found out about StoryCorps, and I think I've found my calling.
It's rare that something is so very awe-inspiring to me.

StoryCorps is an organization that exists solely to capture peoples' stories. They have two sound-proof recording studios in New York. People schedule interviews. There is a facilitator present, but they don't conduct the interviews. People come in in pairs, and one interviews the other for 40 minutes. So a girl might interview her grandmother and ask her questions about growing up during the Depression. The interviews are then archived in the Library of Congress.

I've listened to snippets of interviews on the website ( http://www.storycorps.net/listen/ ), and they're incredible. I've been close to tears a few times, but it's not even that, really. It's just the richness of the voices, the humor, the charm of these people.

I want to do this. I want to set up a recording studio in downtown Austin audience and get peoples stories for the next 70 years or so. Put them on a website/podcast with their consent.

[User Picture]From: timthemagiccow
2006-03-21 09:25 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't be all that expensive to start it out in your house with a few mics and your computer
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[User Picture]From: moregankira
2006-03-21 10:00 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, thats awesome. There are so many reasons why this is cool, historical preservation, sociological studies, and just understanding where your family came from. I wish I could have interviewed my grandfathers. My maternal grandfather fought in WWI, for the Italian army. Then during WWII he was placed in a concentration camp for 6 months. They took him away from my grandmother, with a family of 9 to somehow care for without income...and they took their transistor radio.

My paternal grandfather fought in WWII for the Irish Army. He has stories of killing German soldiers with his bear hands, its very obvious when he would tell those stories how much it bothered him, but how much he had to tell his story.

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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2006-03-21 10:22 pm (UTC)
This is exactly what I want to do with my mother and my grandfather before they die. I'd love to just get a brain dump from them--get them to just tell stories and have them on record. So many events from the past disappear when we die.

Thank god I've got a Livejournal, so when I die people can look back and fondly remember the idiots in traffic, the annoyances at work, and my own personal dissatisfaction with everything I do.
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[User Picture]From: zeitgeist
2006-03-21 11:10 pm (UTC)


I've been intently listening to these every Friday morning for some time now when they broadcast on NPR (during my commute, fortunately).

There are some quite compelling stories to be told. I thought I heard them recently say that the Mobile Storycorp booth had been in Austin recently. I guess now you should come visit us and we'll take you to NYC. Bring someone to interview. :)
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[User Picture]From: g0_0n
2006-03-21 11:19 pm (UTC)
You should see the documentary "Nobody's Business" by Errol Morris
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[User Picture]From: cha_chee
2006-03-22 04:23 am (UTC)

This is awesome

I fully sopport this.

Let me know whatever I can do to help, and it will be done.
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[User Picture]From: firth
2006-03-22 04:57 am (UTC)
Do you want to do it as your own independent thing or try to work with them?
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2006-03-22 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, major thanks for hooking up my co-workers in Maryland with Jason! They seemed to like him a lot, and are hopefully going to join us down here soon.
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[User Picture]From: rachaeldoss
2006-03-22 09:12 pm (UTC)


This is the most amazing thing ever. How this has been going on without my knowing about it is a surprise to me. I wish to goodness that I could get together with someone down in ATL this weekend where they're finishing up they're tour there. Oh my goodness. I could listen to these for hours....
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[User Picture]From: space_princess
2006-03-28 02:45 am (UTC)
I thought I heard that the storycorps bus was coming to austin next month. Maybe you should take part.
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[User Picture]From: mayzie
2006-05-16 02:19 am (UTC)
a decade ago or something, one of steve's sisters interviewed his grandmother and transcribed that interview. it's on the internet somewhere. there is one phrase in the transcript that always makes me cry, but i don't think i would have that reaction to the spoken word.
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[User Picture]From: mayzie
2006-05-16 02:23 am (UTC)
oops. i appear to have clicked the wrong reply@!@!#!
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