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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Personal histories recorded- StoryCorps

StoryCorps http://www.storycorps.net/ is a national [US] project to instruct and inspire people to record one another's stories in sound. StoryCorps is made possible with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Corporation for Pubic Broadcasting and the Carnegie Corporation. WNYC Radio is the public radio sponsor of StoryCorps-Grand Central.” Examples of the recordings are:

  • “When I was nine, I weighed 250 pounds.”Johnnie Tyson tells her niece Sandra Fleming about growing up obese.
  • “She was determined to keep us together as a family.” Joyce Butler remembers her mother, who worked in a shipyard during World War II, in an interview with her daughter, Stephanie.
  • “What’s your life like now, Dad?”Priya Morganstern and Bhavani Jaroff interview their father, Ken Morganstern, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

    I’ve tried to find a NZ equivalent and found something similar at Te Ara : The Encyclopedia of New Zealand http://www.teara.govt.nz/NewZealanders/en However most were written entries and not recordings. It would have been wonderful to hear the accents etc of the New Zealand settlers, which is the extra dimension you get with StoryCorps. Check out the copyright agreements to reproduce/copy/ etc from either of the sites.


At 9:45 PM, Blogger blurfilter said...

Hi Wendy,
I heard you were doing your thing in the blogosphere. Looks like the place to pick up good information. As an ex Graduate of the Polyteks Design degree (product) I will pop in here now and then to check up on your research tips etc.
Here are some useful links that I visit more or less regularly.


Colour help


I also have a good research tip:
If you can’t find something, like an image in google, why not use a translator to get your keywords in different languages and search with them… It pays not to be too anglo-centric sometimes…
Cheers – and keep up the good work.

PS I guess you aren’t getting paid for this since you have such a prominent disclaimer… :-)

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks for your comments. I intend to visit each site you listed and have a nosey round. I'll probably end up tagging them in del.icio.us Thanks for the translator tip. I'll see what I come up with.


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