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StoryCorps Develops a Free Smartphone App That Lets People Record, Share, and Preserve the Stories of Their Lives


StoryCorps (previously), the wonderful oral history project that provides recording booths for people to tell their own life stories and make them available to the public through NPR broadcasts, animated videos, and books, has now developed a free app that makes the recording, sharing, and preserving process available to anyone with a smartphone.

These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us. StoryCorps interviews have traditionally been recorded in StoryCorps booths in the United States with the assistance of StoryCorps facilitators. With the introduction of this app, StoryCorps interviews can now be recorded anywhere, anytime.

The StoryCorps app is available through iTunes and Google Play.

Recording Drew and Molly

Browse Abuelo

images via StoryCorps

via Chris Sacca

Three Powerful First-Person Military Narratives Animated by StoryCorps in Honor of Veteran’s Day

StoryCorps, the oral history project that has recorded and archived “over 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants” since 2003, has animated three incredibly powerful first-person narratives that highlight the military experience, in honor of Veteran’s Day.

In “The Nature of War,” Specialist Justin Cliburn tells his story of the two Iraqi boys with whom he formed a beautiful and unlikely friendship.

In 2005…While serving in Baghdad, Justin formed an unlikely friendship with two Iraqi boys who lived nearby. At StoryCorps, Justin speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting impression the boys left on his life.

In “1st Squad, 3rd Platoon,” Marine Lance Corporal Travis Williams talks about the day he lost his entire squad and all of his friends.

In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis’ entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.

In “The Last Viewing,” a grieving father tells of a chance meeting with the person who last saw his son alive.

Allen Hoe served as a combat medic during the Vietnam War, and his two sons continued his legacy of service. His oldest son, Nainoa, eventually became a first lieutenant infantry officer with the Army’s 3rd Battalion. In January 2005, while leading his men through Mosul, Iraq, Nainoa was killed by sniper fire. He was 27. On Memorial Day that same year, Allen traveled to Washington to honor Nainoa’s memory, and it was there that he had a chance encounter a stranger that brought them both unforeseen comfort.

The Road Home, StoryCorps’ Animated True Story About a Man’s 40-Year Struggle with Alcoholism

In the StoryCorps animation “The Road Home,” North Carolinian Eddie Lanier talks about his 40-year struggle with alcoholism and a Good Samaritan who helped him in his time of need. The animated short is part of the PBS half-hour animated special “Listening Is an Act of Love.” The short and the special were animated by Rauch Bros. Animation. StoryCorps recently published a book: Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.

video via PBS

Animated 9/11 Stories Recorded by StoryCorps

Since 2005, nonprofit organization StoryCorps has worked with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to “record at least one story to honor each life lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993″ in their September 11 Initiative. They have “recorded and archived 1,193 September 11th stories, representing 583 individual victims”. Three of these stories were animated by the Rauch Brothers Animation company: Always a Family, She Was the One, and John and Joe.

Always a Family
On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy—the family they built together.

She Was the One
When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Here, Richie remembers Karen, his love and inspiration.

John and Joe
John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.

On September 11, 2011, these three touching stories will be broadcast on PBS and be featured on the homepage of YouTube. Additional non-animated September 11 stories are available at StoryCorps.

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Student Talks with His Former Teacher About How He Helped His Mom to Make Ends Meet When He Was a Kid

In the most recent episode of the animated video series from StoryCorps, A young college man named Noe Rueda talks with his former teacher Alex Fernandez about his childhood and how he found inventive ways to help his mom to make ends meet while growing up poor in Chicago.

Noe Rueda grew up poor in Little Village, a neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. As young as 8 years old, Noe often relied on his entrepreneurial talents to help his mom and three siblings make ends meet. At StoryCorps, Noe tells his high school teacher Alex Fernandez about his childhood, and Alex shares his dreams for Noe’s future.

Marking the Distance, An Animated True Story About Living With Short-Term Memory Loss

Gweneviere Mann, who lost her short-term memory while undergoing brain surgery in 2008, talks about living with her unusual condition in “Marking the Distance,” an animated short from the StoryCorps oral history project. The animation was created by Rauch Bros. Animation.

When Gweneviere Mann lost her short-term memory, following surgery to remove a brain tumor, she was forced to navigate life in a new way. But she wasn’t alone. With the support of her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, Gweneviere found she could tackle the challenges her condition threw her way—and a few more.

Eyes on the Stars, An Animated Short About Challenger Astronaut Ronald E. McNair as a Boy

Eyes on the Stars” is an animated short by StoryCorps about NASA Challenger astronaut and physicist Ronald E. McNair. His brother Carl tells Ronald’s story of when he was a boy and was inspired by the racially integrated series, Star Trek. The short was animated and directed by Rauch Brothers Animation.

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.

via StoryCorps

Sundays at Rocco’s, An Animated True Story About How a Demolished Building Destroyed a Family

Sundays at Rocco’s is the true short story, told by Nicholas Petron, about his grandfather Rocco Galasso (an owner and superintendent of an apartment building in New York for eighteen years) and how their family, who gathered weekly on Sunday for dinner, was destroyed after the apartment building was demolished to make room for new housing. Nicholas’ touching narrated childhood story was recorded by StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that provides “Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives,” and animated by Rauch Brothers Animation. We previously wrote about other animated true stories from StoryCorps.

Nicholas Petron’s grandfather, Rocco Galasso, moved to New York City from Italy with the hopes of making a better life. For eighteen years Rocco served as owner and superintendent of an apartment building where much of his family resided–until the day they were given notice that their building faced demolition to make way for new apartments. As Nick remembers, that’s when everything changed.

Sundays at Rocco's

Sundays at Rocco's

Sundays at Rocco's