A woman recounts her last phone call with her mother on 9/11. An elderly couple shares their late-in-life romance, which will likely be cut even shorter due to a cancer diagnosis. A man discusses with his brother how he was kicked out of the house for being gay.
- STORYCORPS MOBILEBOOTH
- April 4-27, Centennial Plaza, 401 S. 4th St.
- Reservations at 800-850-4406 or storycorps.org.
These are just a few of the 45,000-plus conversations StoryCorps has caught on tape. The organization has been recording, sharing and preserving the stories of Americans from all backgrounds since 2003, and the next one just might be yours.
The nonprofit is rolling into town in its MobileBooth recording studio, which will be stationed at Downtown’s Centennial Plaza April 4-27. (At press time, a limited amount of interview slots remained, although there is a waiting list.)
And if you think you need a tear-jerker to participate, well, don’t. StoryCorps’ website might be full of them, but it’s also sprinkled with uplifting, cheerful chronicles. Two men discuss dating the same woman, and another tells of delighting children as a “real-beard” Santa Claus.
It’s no surprise that the 40-minute interviews filled up fast, as the “sharing” and “preserving” parts of StoryCorps’ mission are quite special. Selected interviews conducted in Las Vegas will air locally on 91.5 FM The Source, and segments of selected interviews will air nationally on Fridays during NPR’s Morning Edition. With participants’ permission, interviews are also archived in the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center.
Interviewees receive a CD for participating, but what could beat becoming a slice of American history?