Does anyone else listen to Story Corps? If you haven't already checked it out, you should. Its pretty amazing. Story Corps is a non profit group that sets up sound booths around the country and then invites the public to do their own, informal, interviews of their friends and family. Everyone gets a free cd of their session, but the really cool part is that every interview is archived and anyone can listen. NPR does a segment on them every Friday I believe. But you can also listen to stories on their site or podcast. I subscribe to the podcast and the only complaint I have is that its way too short!
When I first heard about it, I was like, "yeah, ok, that sounds cool..." And then I didn't actually go listen to an interview for months. But then I heard a broadcast on NPR. That's when I got the podcast and listened to every one I could get my hands on.
It such a simple thing really, but there's something wonderful about listening to regular people tell stories about their lives. Sometimes they're funny. Some are incredibly sad. They're all pretty touching. I find them fascinating.
They now have a book and a cd for sale!
Find out when they'll be recording in your neighborhood.