“StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.”
“We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.”
Browse the archives by visiting the StoryCorps website then choose one interview that you find interesting and…
- Note the relationship between the interviewer and interviewee
- List the questions asked
- Comment on the overall tone of the interview, and what made it effective
- Highlight two noteworthy excerpts from the conversation that made for a great story
Discuss potential interview subjects with a partner, talking about hopes and goals you’d have for this interview. Who is your influential person and what is your connection to them? Think of a “chapter” of that person’s life story; how will you build a speech to inspire and motivate your audience?
Eventually, you may choose to use this as a resource to prep the interview questions for your Major Interview Speech, working to come up with a list of 7-10 questions prior to the interview.