As I look at apps now, I’m looking at them with the idea of ones that could provide some entertainment for this summer. Today’s app could actually be a great jumping point for a summer project.
StoryCorps is an oral history project that started in 2003. The organizers set up recording booths and recording sessions across the country and invite people to stop in and interview a friend or family member about something significant from their life. Interviews are given to participants on CD and are also archived in the Library of Congress. So far, over 80,000 people have participated in the project.
Now there’s an app that allows you to record the stories of people around you. The StoryCorps app allows you to plan out your interview. You can start a project and name the person you want to interview. You can create a list of questions or use some pre-loaded questions to get started. The included questions are broken into categories such as “Love and Relationships,” “Grandparents,” “Parents,” etc. You can then record directly in the app. Since a typical StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes long, the app will allow you to record up to 45 minutes. When you’re done, you can keep your interview private or share it with the project.
It looks like you can also listen to other public interviews; you can select people to follow. This would be a great way to start an oral history for your family, for your class, or for your group of friends.