See StoryCorps tales set to animation
Channel surfing the other day I stumbled across the remarkably moving episode of the documentary series POV on PBS called Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special. It caught my attention because I knew that the StoryCorps MobileBooth (an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio) would be parked at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg starting last Monday through Feb. 1. They will repeat this episode on Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on WEDU Ch.-3, so set your DVR. In case you've never heard of it, the national nonprofit records and shares stories of people from all backgrounds. They put two or three people together and start converations like "Tell us how you met Grandpa," and the stories that come out are quite touching. As you can see by this trailer, they have for the first time animated the stories for this special
The stories in this special include a Chicago high-school student talking about how he helped his family make ends meet as a boy. There's also a San Francisco woman who lost her short-term memory. And a very funny tale from two Bradenton cousins who remember vividly the strict Sunday school teacher who kept them in line. The short pieces celebrate the act of listening and darned if you aren't going to want to interview Grandma after you see this.
WUSF, Tampa Bay’s NPR station, will air a selection of interviews recorded in the MobileBooth in St. Petersburg. Reservations can be made now by calling the toll-free reservation line at (800) 850-4406, or visiting storycorps.org. Founded in 2003 by documentary producer Dave Isay, StoryCorps currently has one of the largest collections of American voices ever gathered, with interviews collected from nearly 90,000 Americans in all 50 states. To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview, though if participants can’t afford it they may participate for free.