Today is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, an initiative of the United Nations. Whether you want to listen to, or possibly even record your story, StoryCorps is a great addition to the archive of American history – told from the perspectives of regular ordinary folk. From concessions vendors at baseball stadiums to female big rig truckers (I loved that story!) to the influence of a judge’s decision altering the life-path of a citizen, the stories are real and riveting. Use the bar at the top of the listen page to drill down by theme, initiative, or your home or adopted state – there’s probably a story about someone near where you’re from or where you now live. And the stories are as diverse as America!
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.