Due to COVID-19, most StoryCorps recordings are currently virtual. But, StoryCorps has begun offering the option to record in-person in some locations. For the most up-to-date details about our return to recording in-person, read our Safe Community Agreements.
There are many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in StoryCorps. Here is an overview of ways to record your story:
Visit a StoryBooth
You can make an appointment to record at our StoryBooth located in Atlanta. We currently plan to resume in-person recording at our Atlanta StoryBooth in October with those appointments becoming available to book on September 1, 2021. We will continue to offer virtual appointments in addition to in-person appointments for participants who feel more comfortable recording virtually.
After interviewing at a StoryBooth, your interview will be archived and you will receive a copy of your recording. We offer this service for free with a suggested donation of $50.
Record in our MobileBooth
Each year, we visit 10 cities and towns across the country with our StoryCorps MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio. Partnering with local public radio stations, we offer an opportunity to residents of these communities to make an appointment and bring someone they love to the MobileBooth to record an interview. For the first time ever, Mobile Tour participants will have the option to record in-person or remotely in our "virtual recording booth". See where we’re headed and make a reservation here. We offer this service for free with a suggested donation of $50.
Record with StoryCorps Virtual
StoryCorps Virtual is a digital platform that allows participants to see and hear one another during their conversation, and to be joined by a facilitator remotely. It allows you the opportunity to participate in the special StoryCorps experience in the comfort of your home. We currently have this option at all of our locations.
To learn more about the virtual recording experience click here.
Use the StoryCorps App from wherever you are
You can record and share the stories that are all around you using the the free StoryCorps App. The app walks users through an interview by providing all the necessary tools: help preparing questions, finding the right environment for your conversation, recording a high-quality interview on your mobile device, sharing the finished product with friends and family, and uploading your conversation to the StoryCorps Archive at archive.storycorps.org. The app is available for iPhones, Android devices, and Amazon Kindle. Download the app from the iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.
Use StoryCorps Connect to record remotely
We recently launched a new remote recording tool, StoryCorps Connect. Developed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview goes into our archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Your interview becomes part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in. You can learn more and try it yourself at storycorps.org/connect.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen
The Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of our times by recording an interview with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone they admire. With permission, interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. More than 650,000 people have participated in StoryCorps to date, making it the largest single collection of voices ever gathered. You can learn more about participating in the Great Thanksgiving Listen here.