StoryCorps Stops at MB
In May MB welcomed broadcaster David Isay, founder/president of the nationally-syndicated radio program StoryCorps. Isay is the recipient of four Peabody Awards, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the $1 Million TED prize, and his books are New York Times bestsellers. Each year, MB eighth graders embark on a StoryCorps unit, interviewing individuals who have shaped their lives. Students in grades 6-9 enjoyed hearing Isay speak in person about the value of stories.
Since its launch in 2003, StoryCorps volunteers have recorded history as told by the masses, with an incredible 50,000 interviews now preserved at the Library of Congress.
In 2015, Moses Brown’s collaboration with StoryCorps took a leap forward when eighth graders served as the test group to pilot a StoryCorps app over Thanksgiving. This successful test was the beginning of “The Great American Listen,” which invites Americans to record one others’ stories over the Thanksgiving holiday.