90.5 WESA presents StoryCorps in Pittsburgh from October 13 to November 11, 2016. In the course of its nationwide tour, StoryCorps has collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, and has created one of the largest collections of human voices ever recorded.
“We are excited to offer the citizens of Pittsburgh an opportunity to participate in the conversation of a lifetime, ” said Terry O’Reilly, the station’s CEO. The station will partner with StoryCorps to produce and broadcast a series of local stories recorded at the MobileBooth. StoryCorps may also share excerpts of these stories with the world through the project’s popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be stationed at the Senator John Heinz History Center throughout the residency. In the MobileBooth, two people share a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the recorded interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.
Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps has traveled to every corner of the country to record interviews in the organization’s effort to create a world where we listen closely to each other and recognize the beauty, grace and poetry in the lives and stories we find all around us.
“StoryCorps tells the true American story—that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism. Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten,” said Isay. “By strengthening connections between people and building an archive that reflects the rich diversity of American voices, we hope to build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.
Update, October 17: All available reservations for StoryCorps sessions in Pittsburgh have been assigned. If you missed your chance to record at the MobileBooth, download the StoryCorps App and record your conversation in time for The Great Thanksgiving Listen!
Thanks to the generosity of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, parking for StoryCorps participants will be provided free of charge in the Grant Street Transportation Center Blue Garage, located on Penn Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets (for GPS directions, use the address 1135 Penn Ave.).
Participants should take a parking ticket when they enter the garage nearest to the Enterprise Rental Car office and take the parking ticket with them to their interview session. Following their StoryCorps session, participants will have their parking ticket validated by the StoryCorps staff.