and the Power of Stories in Our Lives

Christina Barr

I first became aware of StoryCorps - a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording and archiving the stories and conversations of everyday people - shortly after it launched in 2003 and placed its first listening booth in Grand Central Station in New York City. As a folklorist, I was amazed and impressed at the populism of that recording booth, and even recored my own interview there. Now, twelve years later, StoryCorps has recorded more than 50,000 interviews from more than 100,000 participants around the globe. The StoryCorps archive is housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Nevada Humanities partnered with KUNR Reno Public Radio in 2010 to bring StoryCorps to Reno, and the silver Airstream mobile recording booth has visited Las Vegas a number of times over the years.

In 2014, StoryCorps founder David Isay was awarded the 2015 TED Prize, which included a $1 million award to apply to a "wish." David wished to grow the StoryCorps archive by creating a mobile recording app that would make the StoryCorps concept accessible to everyone to record meaningful interviews. Throughout the last year he as worked with his team to develop - the app - and launched the concept in a beta form at the TED2015 event a couple of weeks ago. You can listen to David Isay's inspiration TED talk about the power of story and the importance of documenting these stories here: Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear.

You can download StoryCorps app here:

Download the app, find a friend, and talk. Who are you? What have you learned in life? How do you want to be remembered? You will be amazed at what comes forth.