StoryCorps in the North Country
North Country Public Radio has sponsored two North Country visits by StoryCorps. This national oral history project gives everyone the chance to record the stories of family and friends. Participants interview someone they know and love, get a CD to keep, and send a copy to the Library of Congress for future generations. With permission, selections are broadcast on local stations, and on national programs produced by NPR.
The StoryCorps mobile recording booth visted Saranac Lake in June 2008 and Glens Falls in July.
StoryCorps Interviews from NCPR
StoryCorps Homepage: www.storycorps.net
StoryCorps Features @ NPR
Dec 20, 2013 — Yelitza Castro cooks for homeless men and women every other Saturday night. But "you don't make us feel homeless," says Willie Davis, who has partaken in many of the meals. Before he met Yelitza, he says, he had almost given up, but now he has his own place.
Dec 13, 2013 — Maria Vasquez-Rojas was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant. But soon afterward she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer — at the same time her brother Francisco was struggling with drug addiction. Maria's daughter's birth has transformed not just Maria's life, but Francisco's, too.
Dec 6, 2013 — A ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last haul of the season when it broke apart in a heavy storm on Lake Huron in November 1966. A few crew members struggled to stay afloat in the driving wind and waves, but ultimately, Dennis Hale was the shipwreck's sole survivor.
Nov 29, 2013 — NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and surgeon David Reines ran into each other not long after their spouses had passed away. Soon — despite a couple of unforeseen events — the pair realized it was kismet that they had found each other.
Nov 29, 2013 — Rogelio Martinez was being abused when he started taking Lisa Moya King's dance class. Soon, Rogelio ran away, and Lisa took him in when he had nowhere to go. "You showed me that I'm not alone," Rogelio says. "That I actually have somebody."
At the MobileBooth, people participate in pairs - oftentimes friends or loved ones - and one interviews the other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and handles the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of a 40-minute session, the participants walk away with a CD of their interview. With their permission, a second copy will be sent to the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress to become part of a high quality digital archive. This collection will eventually grow into an oral history of America. The project is sponsored by NPR (National Public Radio) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.