StoryCorps Enlists American Teens to Record Conversations with Elders

Aug 13, 2015

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StoryCorps has a big homework assignment for students as they head back to school this fall.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories.  Now the nationwide oral history project is asking teenagers across America to interview a grandparent or elder during this upcoming Thanksgiving season. The teens can then upload the recordings to the Library of Congress. High school history teachers are being asked to have students record the interviews with the StoryCorps smartphone application.

“The Great Thanksgiving Listen” hopes to collect tens of thousands of one-on-one conversations for posterity. Founder Dave Isay stressed that the stories are less important than the fact that our elders are talking.