"StoryCorps" Mobile Recording Studio to Visit Boston

in BU In the Community, News Releases, University Affairs
August 28th, 2006

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) – In partnership with NPR station WBUR, the mobile recording studio of “StoryCorps,” the 10-year national oral history project focused on capturing the recollections of ordinary Americans, will visit Boston for four weeks starting on September 28, announced Paul La Camera, general manager of the WBUR Group.

StoryCorps’ mobile recording studios, housed in Airstream trailers, are on a cross-country tour of 25 cities which began in May 2005. The mobile booth will be parked outside the Boston Public Library September 28-October 15, before moving to the plaza outside Boston City Hall October 16-20. WBUR will broadcast several segments on “Morning Edition” each week during StoryCorps’ Boston stay.

Originally launched in October 2003 with a stationary recording booth in New York City, StoryCorps aims to collect as many as 250,000 recordings of interviews with everyday people by relatives and friends which will be preserved for posterity at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

“We’re thrilled that Boston is part of the inaugural tour,” said La Camera. “We whole- heartedly support the philosophy that everyone has a story worth telling and preserving. Our goal is to record more than 100 interviews from diverse segments of the community during the Boston visit.”

The mobile soundproof booths will be available for 40-minute sessions for people wishing to record their stories and those of their loved ones. StoryCorps facilitators brief questioners and subjects about interview techniques before turning on the microphone. Typically, interviews delve into life-changing events, fond memories and core beliefs. Common questions include: What was the happiest day of your life? What have you learned? How do you want to be remembered?

Details on reserving an interview time will be posted on www.wbur.org in early September.

Although there are a limited number of slots available, those who are not able to participate will be encouraged to interview family members using the StoryCorps technique at home, visit the permanent StoryCorps booth in New York City, or visit the mobile booth the next time it passes through The Hub.

Modeled after the oral histories recorded during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) program of the 1930s, StoryCorps was created by Dave Isay, an award-winning NPR documentary producer whose work has been a memorable part of WBUR’s programming. StoryCorps is sponsored by National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

For more information on StoryCorps, visit www.wbur.org or www.storycorps.net.

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