WPSU brings StoryCorps to central Pennsylvania

WPSU-FM will host StoryCorps for four weeks to help record the stories of local residents

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Bellefonte, Pa., from Aug. 5 to Sept. 4 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth -- an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio -- will be parked at the corner of Allegheny and High Streets in Bellefonte, directly across the street from the Centre County Courthouse.

Reservations will be available on Friday, Aug. 6, and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting http://wpsu.org/storycorps online.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the 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 is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

StoryCorps will partner with WPSU-FM, Central Pennsylvania's NPR station, to collect approximately 170 interviews. WPSU-FM will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. By traveling to every corner of the country, StoryCorps currently has one of the largest collections of American voices ever gathered, with interviews collected from more than 60,000 Americans in all 50 states.

“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.”

"We are thrilled to have the national StoryCorps project visit Central Pennsylvania," said Greg Petersen, director of programming services for Penn State Public Broadcasting. "Storytelling is at the very core of public radio and these conversations will remind us of the importance of listening to and learning from those around us. It celebrates our shared humanity."

To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps requests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service.

Last Updated November 18, 2010