StoryCorps Inspire Stories of Sound

StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record one another's stories in sound.

We're here to help you interview your grandmother, your uncle, the lady who has worked at the luncheonette down the block for as long as you can remember-anyone whose story you want to hear and preserve.

To start, we're building soundproof recording studios across the country, called StoryBooths. You can use these StoryBooths to record broadcast-quality interviews with the help of a trained Facilitator. Our first StoryBooth opened in New York City's Grand Central Terminal on October 23, 2003. We've since opened a second StoryBooth in New York City, two traveling recording studios, called MobileBooths, and a StoryBooth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

We've tried to make the experience as simple as possible: We help you figure out what questions to ask, and we handle all the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of the hour-long session, you get a copy of your interview on CD.

Since we want to make sure your story lives on for generations to come, we'll also add your interview to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which we hope will become nothing less than an oral history of America.