StoryCorps: Moving Oral Histories

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I’ve only just discovered the brilliant StoryCorps collection. StoryCorps began recording the stories of ordinary people in New York’s Grand Central terminal in 2003. Since then they’ve been picked up by NPR, won a Peabody Award, put 2 vehicles on the road to collect stories from all over the US, and launched an award winning series of animated shorts.

Here’s my 3 favourite shorts from their collection. The boxed descriptions are from the StoryCorps site.

Try not to cry! Enjoy. Dave

Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Washington, during the 1950s. As a teenager, Pat began to understand he was gay—something he thought he was hiding well. But one day, after performing at a school assembly, Pat learned that his father could see him much more clearly than he realised.

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, came to StoryCorps to recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny's final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen.
Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua's unique questions and Sarah's loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.

It's good to talk

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