“The Conversation of a Lifetime”

The very first thing that popped after checking out the StoryCorps website is their tag line, “The Conversation of a Lifetime.” What a statement. While conversations are flying rampant on the Internet these days, it’s very rare that we read “conversations” for good; that tell a story, that you can learn from, that can give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

By recording the stories of real people, anyone can share their own personal story, their experiences, history, hopes, and dreams. As noted on the StoryCorps website, Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions of enthusiasts listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.

The public can listen to any of hundreds of stories, drawn from the more than 17,000 conversations recorded across the country. Just press the “play” button next to each image; if the story moves you, pass it along using the share link. StoryCorps produces a few weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and News & Notes, and if you are still wanting more you can:

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