The popular feature heard regularly on KERA during Morning Edition is parking its MobileBooth – an airstream trailer with a recording studio inside – at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. They’ll be here from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20. If you’d like to share a story with them, make a reservation starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6 by calling 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org. Additional appointments will open up on Nov. 21.
“For more than 10 years, StoryCorps has given voice to people from all walks of life and shares their stories with the nation,” says KERA President and CEO Mary Anne Alhadeff. “By archiving these personal interviews at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, StoryCorps also is preserving an oral history of life in our times.”
The set up is usually the same: two people who know each other are recorded interviewing each other. There are guides to help you through the process. At the end of the interview – it takes about 40 minutes – you’ll get a CD of the session. StoryCorps will also ask you for permission to share your story in the archive.
Hope you’ll join KERA in welcoming the StoryCorps team to Dallas! Details at KERA’s StoryCorps site and after the jump.
STORYCORPS, THE GROUNDBREAKING ORAL HISTORY ORGANIZATION,
TO VISIT DALLAS
KERA Will Host StoryCorps for Four Weeks to Help Record the Stories of North Texans
DALLAS/FORT WORTH – StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Dallas from November 20 to December 20 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be located in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Reservations will be available at 10 a.m. on November 6 and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org. Additional appointments will be available on November 21.
In Dallas, StoryCorps will partner with KERA FM, North Texas’ public news and information radio station. KERA FM will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth. Segments of select interviews may air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.
KERA’s President and CEO Mary Anne Alhadeff said, “For more than 10 years, StoryCorps has given voice to people from all walks of life and shares their stories with the nation. By archiving these personal interviews at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, StoryCorps also is preserving an oral history of life in our times.”
StoryCorps and KERA have partnered with nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center to bring the MobileBooth to North Texas. The booth will be situated near the Information Center in front of the Winspear Opera House at 2403 Flora Street, in the heart of the thriving Dallas Arts District.
“StoryCorps has done an outstanding job of capturing the real and compelling stories of a wide range of people, and then sharing them with all of us,” said Doug Curtis, the Center’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to play a part in bringing Dallas’ stories to the nation.”
Known for heartfelt, humorous and sometimes heartbreaking conversations, StoryCorps reveals deep personal connections. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.
Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. By traveling to every corner of the country, StoryCorps currently has one of the largest collections of American voices ever gathered, with interviews collected from nearly 80,000 Americans in all 50 states.
“StoryCorps tells the true American story—that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism. Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten,” said Isay. “By strengthening connections between people and building an archive that reflects the rich diversity of American voices, we hope to build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.”
To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service.
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StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps—all of which are New York Times bestsellers. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.
KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at www.kera.org. The station’s extensive coverage of the arts can be found at www.artandseek.org. KERA-TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. KERA WORLD broadcasts on 13.2. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman. The music station KXT 91.7 FM is also streamed online at www.kxt.org.
About AT&T Performing Arts Center
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit foundation that operates and programs three premier performance venues and a 10-acre park for music, Broadway, opera, theatre and dance in the heart of downtown Dallas. The venues include the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square and Sammons Park. Opened in October 2009, the Center helped complete the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. The Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts and arts education programs. For more information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center, visit www.attpac.org.