NPR's StoryCorps celebrates 10th anniversary with book
Patrick Center October 23, 2013 | WGVU “This is our fourth book and it is of our 50,000 stories several dozen that really just explode off the page. We go back to the original transcripts from the 50,000 interviews and edit those and when you go back in the book you will see really a remarkable story followed by a photograph of the participants which is always, you know I’ll work with these stories sometimes for years just going through edits on them never knowing what these folks look like. So it’s always really this amazing revelation to see what the folks whose interviews you know so well look like and often times they look like nothing you’d expect them to look."
StoryCorps reveals, as a nation, we all have much in common. The proof comes through the “magic of radio” where Isay explains all preconceived notions of someone based on how they look are tossed out the window. He tells me StoryCorps and the book “Ties that Bind” is really about our mortality and what matters.
“You know when you read a book like this one or listen to the StroyCorps stories it reminds you to really focus on the people who are really important in your life. One thing about StoryCorps and a little bit about this book that a guy named Ira Byock wrote who’s this great hospice doctor. I think it’s called, “The Four Things to Say before You Die”, and this comes from hospice practice. If I can remember correctly it’s like, to the people who matter, you want to say, ‘I love you’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Forgive me’, ‘I forgive you’ and then finally ‘Good-bye.’ You know and in some ways StoryCorps is a way for us now to have completion with the people around us, to say to the people around us that we want to say.”
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