Six Addison County seniors were recently chosen to sit down with representatives from StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that records oral histories from all over the country, to tell their life stories, said the <Addison County Independent. Each 45-minute interview was added to the almost 30,000 interviews done to date with people from all walks of life, from seniors to teens. The interviews are actually conducted by a family member or friend to put the participant at ease and are recorded by StoryCorps workers. Topics included love, relationships, marriage, employment, illness, religion, families, and military service. National Public Radio has condensed some interviews into two-to three-minute versions, airing them weekly on “Morning Edition.” The interviews are archived with the American Folklife Center at the National Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where researchers can access them. “We think it is going to be an amazing resource for anyone who is interested in what life was like, to listen to it and hear it,” said StoryCorps facilitator Matt Herman. Try putting your life into a 45-minute segment.
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