StoryCorps is an NPR production that gives the listener a glimpse into the lives of strangers. StoryCorps is more than a podcast, it’s a non-profit organization aimed at collecting your stories, your mother’s, your teacher’s. It believes in the preservation of what makes us who we are, that the fabric of our being deserves to be documented, told in our own words, and archived for future generations. Among its goals are to teach the value of listening, remind each other of “our shared humanity,” and give a voice to everyone: your voice matters.
The organization has a mobile storytelling booth (an Airstream trailer) that is a one stop shop to record a high quality audio story. This trailer travels around the U.S. and does not discriminate against small towns, which I think is wonderful and adds to the eclectic mix of experiences to be shared. Some stories are interviews with someone connected to the storyteller (a relative, friend) and some are one person talking. Often an episode will have multiple stories within it that are linked by a single concept (recent episode 439: Space Men).
The supporting website for StoryCorps seems like it would have good content, but the navigation is lacking, links may be broken and it’s not intuitive (to me) how to find things. But it was here that I discovered the number of admirable initiatives that StoryCorps is working on: the September 11th Initiative, StoryCorps @ Your Library, StoryCorps OutLoud, and others. I also learned that StoryCorps has recorded over 60,000 stories over the last 12 years. This is an amazing effort. I highly recommend this podcast because there’s something for everyone – we all have a voice worth hearing.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (3 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (2 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (4 / 5)
Flow (both planned podcast flow and advertisement-impacted) (5 / 5)
You might think the episodes with more than one storyteller are the ones that would have flow issues, but the producers do an excellent job of weaving them together and I’ve never listened to one yet and thought, “That didn’t belong here!”
Humor (3 / 5)
Investigation (1 / 5)
I was tempted to give zero stars here but I think through the initiatives they have started, they do actually try to do some investigation and reach new audiences, which fits well with their stated mission.
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (4 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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