September 20th, 2012

★ your mouth is like a grenade


StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages. 

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.

The stories have been gathered into books and have been put on youtube as animations. My interpersonal communications teacher has shared one of the stories from the books, which made me cry, and we watched several of the youtube videos in class. This is a fantastic project that has the potential to touch so many people, and I want to spread awareness of its existence.

I'd like to share one of the videos we watched in class, though I should warn you to have tissues ready: