Magazine article Newsweek

Radio: Telling American Tales

Magazine article Newsweek

Radio: Telling American Tales

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Byline: Meredith Sadin

Joe Caracciolo didn't think he was making history when he delivered a baby on a subway car. Neither did Reggie Jones when he stuck with his lifeguard job at New York's Jones Beach for 60 years. Now, thanks to StoryCorps, a nationwide oral-history project, their stories just might. The effort is a throwback to the Works Progress Administration's projct that recorded stories from ordinary Americans from 1936 to 1940. StoryCorps will open soundproof studios across the country--the first opens on Oct. 18 in New York's Grand Central Terminal--where people can interview friends and family members about their lives with the help of a trained facilitator. You may just learn something new about Grandma: "A microphone allows you to talk about things you wouldn't ordinarily say," says the creator of StoryCorps, David Isay. The project, financed by a $50,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, will also make oral-history recording kits available at libraries for those who can't make it to the StoryBooths. …

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