No, I didn’t cry during “The Notebook,” and call me insensitive, but I change the channel when the Sarah McLachlan animals-in-shelters commercial comes on. But if there’s one thing that regularly makes me tear up, it’s NPR’s Storycorps.
I don’t think it’s their primary intention, making people’s fresh makeup run, as they play recorded interviews early on Friday mornings. The program invites pairs of loved ones to come into their mobile studio (endearingly located in a renovated Airstream trailer), and interview them, generally about one particular event. They’re never particularly profound, more like a good excuse to ask grandma a few questions you never would otherwise. It’s the simplicity and intimacy of the conversations that make them so awe-inspiring.
Whether you’re a devoted fan or this is the first you’ve heard of the program, surely you have a conversation you’d like to have, a loved one you’d like to talk to or an experience you’d like to talk about.
Right now, StoryCorps is collecting the stories of Latinos, as part of its Historias cross-country tour. They hope to collect 120 stories during their stay in Albuquerque, to create one of the largest collections of Latino stories every recorded, says Albuquerque NPR member station, KUNM’s website.
One of the distinct, orange-lettered Airstream trailers will be parked in front of the National Hispanic Cultural Center through June 26; reservations can be made both online at http://storycorps.org/record-your-story/locations/ or over the phone by calling 1-800-850-4406.
Interested in listening to the already-recorded stories? Podcasts are available for free on iTunes—just search StoryCorps.
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