#92 Hop on the StoryCorps Bus

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StoryCorps bus, photo by Justin Hunry (zappowbang Flickr Photostream)

Maybe it’s the nosy parker in me, but I can’t resist a good story. In fact, I’ve come to realize that gathering and repeating stories is my calling. I wrote about it for a wonderful Web site that will soon join the growing numbers of reasons for hope on this blog: What’s Your Calling?

So when a project called Story Corps launched in 2003, I was thrilled. I loved the whole idea of a nonprofit whose sole purpose is “to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.”

It’s such a simple concept, but it has grown to an archive of more than 30,000 stories. The StoryCorps bus arrives in town with a fully equipped recording studio and records up to six 40-minute interviews in a day. The stories are archived in the American Folklife Center. Participants receive a broadcast-quality CD.

You don’t even have to hop on the bus to record your stories. Story Corps has made its excellent Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide available for download. You can even rent studio-quality equipment from them.

And the stories! I was reduced to a puddle of tears when I listened to Joshua Littman. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was five. His last question tipped me over: “Have I met the expectations you had for me when I was born?” Then there was Retired Sgt. 1st Class Max Voelz whose wife was killed trying to disarm an IED in Iraq. Heartbreak is in the title: “She died on an incident that I sent her on.”

My head spins when I see the number of initiatives Story Corps has launched. They’re easy to follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Fundraising keeps the bus rolling so hop on. This is a fabulous project.

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Be like the bee. They pick up bits of pollen and spread them around, all the while creating honey, pollinating flowers and ensuring the future of life on the planet. When you share these stories, you pollinate hope.

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sterling haynes - July 12, 2011

“Just hop on the bus, Gus.”

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