Arizona Public Media (AZPM), Tucson’s home of PBS 6 and NPR 89.1, is proud to welcome StoryCorps to Tucson. StoryCorps is America’s largest oral history project and, since 2003, has collected more than 60,000 interviews with more than 100,000 people from all backgrounds. This represents the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
The StoryCorps Mobile Booth will be in Tucson from November 19 – December 19. The iconic Airstream trailer will be located at the Reid Park Zoo, with recording sessions available each day except Tuesdays and Thursdays.
AZPM and StoryCorps invite you to be a part of the StoryCorps experience by sharing your and a loved one’s story. Due to space limitations in the MobileBooth, appointments are required. The first set of appointments will be available for sign-up on November 5 at storycorps.org/reservations. You may also call (800) 850-4406 after November 5.
AZPM will air a selection of local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. 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. With participant permission, all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
“It’s very exciting to welcome StoryCorps back to Tucson,” said Jack Gibson, general manager of AZPM. “Recording the oral history of average Americans is a meaningful project and I’m proud AZPM has the opportunity to host StoryCorps for a second time.”
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 in which 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.”
Listen to NPR 89.1 on Fridays during Morning Edition to catch StoryCorps.
About AZPM AZPM is a member-supported media organization serving all of Southern Arizona with six public television channels and three radio stations, including PBS 6, PBS Kids, NPR 89.1 and Classical 90.5. AZPM also produces award-winning content from its digital studios on the campus of the University of Arizona and is provided as a community service and educational resource. More information about AZPM, including program schedules and Video-on-Demand offerings, can be found online at azpm.org.
About StoryCorps Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected more than 60,000 interviews with more than 100,000 participants from all backgrounds — the single largest collection of human voices ever gathered. Recordings are archived at the Library of Congress so future generations can hear the stories and voices of today. StoryCorps shares stories online at storycorps.org and through its popular NPR broadcasts, podcasts, animated shorts and best-selling books. StoryCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.