Monday, July 16, 2012
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.
In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.
Amazing concept, isn't it? I just really love this. We all have a history and it is valuable and important and certainly worth a listen. When I received the opportunity to review the new DVD featuring some of these wonderful stories I was thrilled. Here is what the DVD entailed...
StoryCorps’ original animated shorts series features some of our best-loved radio stories. Now they are available on DVD!
The series includes conversations between a boy with Asperger’s syndrome and his mom; a feisty grandmother regaling her family with tales from her youth; two Brooklyn characters remembering how they fell in love and learned how to let go, and so much more. Plus bonus material from the animators!
This DVD is so touching. I found such value in the stories. There was love, loss, learning and lots of memories. I loved every second of it. I was particularly touched by this story of Danny and Annie. It blew me away and it still does even though I have heard it about ten times. It is a true lesson in love. Have a listen and perhaps grab a tissue....
The DVD is worth this segment alone but all the animated shorts are just as wonderful in their raw truth. This is a must see and can be picked up on Amazon today....
*Disclosure: I received the above mentioned DVD for purpose of review but I was not compensated for my 100% honest opinion.