StoryCorps Is Coming To Rhode Island

Jun 2, 2016

Make your appointment to interview someone you know in the StoryCorps MobileBooth.

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Providence from June 23, 2016 to July 29, 2016 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected over 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be parked at Burnside Park in downtown Providence for 5 weeks. Reservations can be made after June 9th by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org. Additional reservation slots will open later in the month.

StoryCorps has partnered with Rhode Island Public Radio, the NPR member station located in Providence, to collect  interviews with residents in the state. RIPR will air a selection of local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. StoryCorps may also share excerpts of these stories with the world through the project’s popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. With participant permission, all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Rhode Island Public Radio will host an opening day press event on June 23, 2016 to introduce StoryCorps to the community and to allow press to interview StoryCorps staff and the first two sets of participants.

Where: Burnside Park, Providence, RI
When: June 23, 2016

10:30 am    First VIP Interview
11:30 am    Press Event with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Shura Bariysnikov and Big Nazo
12:00 pm    Tours of MobileBooth
12:30 pm    Second VIP Interview

Stay tuned to 88.1, 102.7, 91.5 and RIPR.org for updates.

Local support for StoryCorps in Rhode Island comes from Laurelmead, Everpresent, and Roger Williams University.

Rusty Dog and Anita Crackinstuff are excited for the big day!