StoryCorps is an independent non-profit initiative which gives the American public an opportunity to record, share, and preserve stories from their life. It has become one of the largest oral history projects by collecting and archiving more than 30 000 stories, from 60 000 participants, since 2003. The heart of the organization is the conversation between two people who cares a lot about each other. Some of those recordings has then been turned into short animations which brings the stories to life and lets the conversation work as a voice-over. Stories varies between a 12 year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome interviewing his mom, a couple recounting their twenty-seventh marriage and a former US infantryman’s haunted memories from the World War II.
I was touched by how genuine and relaxed the recordings where, that they don’t feel forced or planned. They feel intuitive, honest, believable and most of all relevant. The founder of StoryCorps has expressed the core of the initiative as this:
‘By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive’.