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StoryCorps and KPBS Team Up to Record and Preserve Stories of Veterans and Their Families

StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will team up with KPBS as part of its Military Voices Initiative. Together, they will honor San Diego County’s veteran and military community by recording and preserving their stories.

StoryCorps is offering interview sessions at two locations:

August 20 - August 31, 2018

Downtown USO San Diego -- 303 A Street, #100, San Diego, CA 92101

September 3 - September 7, 2018 (closed Labor Day)

North Inland Live Well Center - Military & Veterans Resource Center -- 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

Reservations are required and can now be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 800.850.4406 or visiting storycorps.org/participate.

Recording an interview in a StoryCorps booth is easy: Participants invite a loved one, or anyone else they choose, to a StoryCorps recording site. Participants are met by a trained facilitator who explains the interview process, brings the participating pair into a quiet recording room and seats them across from each other, each in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,” and the participants share a 40-minute conversation. At the end of the session, the participants walk away with a copy of the interview, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come.

“The Military Voices Initiative builds on and contributes to StoryCorps’ diverse collection by recording and preserving the stories of veterans, service members, and military families,” says Dave Isay, Founder and President of StoryCorps. “It is an opportunity for them to share their experiences in their own words. It is also an opportunity for civilians to understand more clearly the complex realities of veterans’ service and sacrifice.”

About StoryCorps:

Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given more than 500,000 people—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, follow us on Twitter @storycorps, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/storycorps.

About KPBS:

KPBS serves San Diego and Imperial counties with trusted news and programs that inspire, respect and educate. KPBS delivers this content to more than one million audience members weekly via multiple outlets, including television, radio and digital media. As a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value – from our children’s programming to our local news coverage. KPBS is committed to being a reliable source for in-depth, thoughtful and high-quality content. For more information, visit kpbs.org.

KPBS Media Contact

Heather Milne Barger, (619) 594-4985

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