StoryCorps airstream stops in Tampa

exterior of an airstream in a large grassy area.

WUSF has welcomed StoryCorps to the streets of Tampa. The airstream is here in downtown Tampa and ready to record the stories of residents for the Library of Congress. StoryCorps will be in Tampa through February 12.

Here’s how the StoryCorp interview works.

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Two individuals are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered, according to WUSF. 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.

Anyone interested in making a reservation to record an interview can do sign up starting Thursday at 10 a.m. n the StoryCorps website.

For the first time ever, participants will have the option to record in-person or remotely in our “virtual recording booth.” Both options will be guided by one of our trained staff members.

  • Recordings will take place at the CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation) in downtown Tampa Bay
  • Both participants must be physically present for the recording
  • Due to safety considerations, participants must wear masks for the entirety of their appointment 
  • Participants must maintain social distancing from StoryCorps staff during the entirety of their recording. Participants can also opt to maintain social distancing from their conversation partner but will not be required to do so.

Information on recording virtually:

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  • Recordings can take place anywhere, as long as participants have  access to an internet connected device
  • Participants can be in the same location while recording or in different locations
  • A tech check, which will test the ability of your device to connect to the virtual recording booth, will be required prior to your recording appointment

Since its founding in 2003, StoryCorps has interviews with more than 600,000 participants from across the country recording in a recording booth, using the free StoryCorps App or other digital platforms to preserve their stories. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.

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