StoryCorps Mobile Tour coming to Salt Lake City

KUER is thrilled to announce the StoryCorps Mobile Tour is stopping in Salt Lake City at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) from Sept. 8 to Sept. 24. An opening day press event will be held at UMOCA at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 where best-selling authors Shannon and Dean Hale will be Salt Lake City’s first interview.

“StoryCorps was talking about the art of listening long before we really understood how vital it is to our collective well-being,” said Maria O’Mara, executive director of KUER. “It is an honor to host them here in Utah.”

In a StoryCorps interview, two people record a meaningful conversation about who they are, what they’ve learned in life and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. After each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a digital copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps has traveled to every corner of the country to record interviews in an effort to create a world where we listen closely to each other and recognize the beauty, grace and poetry in the lives and stories we find all around us. 

“StoryCorps tells an authentic American story — that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism. Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten,” said Isay. “During this pandemic, the value of preserving these stories, and of strengthening connections between people who may feel physically isolated, is more important than ever.”

In Salt Lake City, StoryCorps will partner with NPR affiliate KUER 90.1. KUER will air a selection of the local interviews 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. StoryCorps is committed to creating a safe recording environment and has introduced several measures to its recording process in Salt Lake City, where participants have the option of recording in-person or via StoryCorps’ Virtual Recording Booth. Participants can learn more about safety precautions for in-person recording at storycorps.org.

StoryCorps is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. 

About StoryCorps

Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given over half a million Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, in towns and cities in all 50 states, the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories with the public through StoryCorps’ weekly podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms and best-selling books. These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connection; and remind us how much more we have in common than divides us. For more information visit storycorps.org, or follow us on InstagramFacebookTwitter and YouTube at @storycorps.

About KUER

A charter member of NPR, KUER 90.1 broadcasts from the Eccles Broadcast Center at the University of Utah, providing a commercial-free mix of local and national news and storytelling to more than 200,000 weekly listeners across the state. It is our fundamental belief that information and public engagement enrich a community. To that end, KUER 90.1 is intensely committed to building a community of world citizens through story and art, discussion and debate, sound and creativity. KUER and its HD channels can be heard at 90.1 FM or streamed online at kuer.org and with KUER’s mobile app.

About CPB

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