National Day of Listening

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!

Second, tomorrow, November 28th, is the National Day of Listening.

This Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks you to start a new holiday tradition—set aside one hour on Friday, November 28th, to record a conversation with someone important to you. You can interview anyone you choose: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or a familiar face from the neighborhood.

My brother and I recorded an interview with my Dad (not for the national day of listening, just because we wanted to have a record of his life) and it was well worth the effort. The interview started slowly, but once he forgot about the microphone and started reminiscing we learned a lot that we never knew. The transcription was tedious, but well worth the effort. It’s far easier to scan a document and search for stories rather than trying to find it in the recording.

(via Lifehacker)


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  1. Hello from StoryCorps,

    Thank you so much for spreading the word about the National Day of Listening! Hearing about these experiences and reactions means so much to the organization.

    After the overwhelming response to the National Day of Listening, we are hoping to pass on a new holiday idea: For everyone who did an interview surrounding the National Day of Listening (or are thinking about recording a loved one), making a copy of it and pairing it with a paperback copy of our book, “Listening is an Act of Love,” provides a meaningful touch to the holiday season, and gives that special someone even more incredible stories to read! The book as well as more DIY recording tips can be linked to at

    Thanks again and best wishes for the New Year!

    Comment by Amy on December 22, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

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