Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project
Listening Is an Act of Love A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project Author:Dave Isay From more than ten thousand interviews, StoryCorps-the largest oral history project in the nation's history-presents a tapestry of American stories, told by the people who lived them to the people they love. StoryCorps began with the idea that everyone has an important story to tell. And since 2003, this remarkable project has been collecting t... more »he stories of everyday Americans and preserving them for future generations. In New York City and in mobile recording booths traveling the country-from small towns to big cities, at Native American reservations and an Army post-StoryCorps is collecting the memories of Americans from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. The project represents a wondrous nationwide celebration of our shared humanity, capturing for posterity the stories that define us and bind us together. In Listening Is an Act of Love, StoryCorps founder and legendary radio producer Dave Isay selects some of the most remarkable stories from the already vast collection and arranges them thematically into a moving portrait of American life. The voices here connect us to real people and their lives-to their experiences of profound joy, sadness, courage and despair, to good times and hard times, to good deeds and misdeeds. To read this book is to be reminded of how rich and varied the American storybook truly is, how resistant to easy categorization or caricature. Above all, this book honors the gift each StoryCorps participant has made, from the raw material of his or her life, to the Americans who will come after. We are our history, individually and collectively, and Listening Is an Act of Love touchingly reminds us of this powerful truth.« less
StoryCorps Project is amazing! I found the history of StoryCorps extremely interesting. However, I enjoy listening to the stories on the radio much more than reading them....for me, something was lost in the process. However, I will be tuning in from now on!
This is a collection of edited stories from National Public Radio's StoryCorps Project, which is based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell. Ordinary Americans go into a booth and interview each other for 40 minutes. Two CDs of the interview are made, one going to the participants, and one stored in the Library of Congress. Excerpts of select stories are aired on the NPR's Morning Edition. I was enthralled when I heard my first StoryCorps broadcast, and one day I hope to record my story as well for my children (I was unfortunately unable to make an appointment when they were in Los Angeles last year). I have to admit that the stories are more compelling when heard than read, but still they all touch the heart.