StoryCorps partners with WGVU for West Michigan visit
Patrick Center August 11, 2014 | WGVU “Do you want to come on in? OK, let’s go.”
Once inside StoryCorps iconic silver airstream trailer, you realize this is a rolling, state of the art recording studio. Pleasantly lit, comfortable, there are two microphones and a table.
“So as you can see this is where our participants sit. Our facilitator sits off to the side here to witness the conversation.”
“StoryCorps is all about every voice matters. Every story matters. And so we want people to either come to the booth and sit down with a loved one and tell their story or we want people to recommend other people to come to the booth to tell their stories. And most importantly, we want you to listen and hear the stories that we’re broadcasting that are excerpted from those interviews.”
That’s Robin Sparkman, CEO of StoryCorps.
“StoryCorps is also a social justice organization and so we make sure that half of our interview spots go to underrepresented groups and we take a lot of care in making sure that the stories we broadcast on air reflect the diversity of the American society.”
StoryCorps will be in Grand Rapids from August 8 - September 5th. The Grand Rapids Mobile Tour stop is made possible by WGVU Public Media and in part through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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