Michigan Radio National Day of Listening Page

Michigan Radio and StoryCorps are celebrating the fourth annual National Day of Listening on Friday, November 25, 2011. On the day after Thanksgiving every year, StoryCorps is asking all Americans to start a new holiday tradition: set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one, or someone in your community about his or her life.

To record your own National Day of Listening interview:
1. Find a family member, friend, mentor or other person you’d like to interview
2. Create your question list
3. Sit down to record your conversation

StoryCorps has created a free Do-It-Yourself (DIY) interview guide with step-by-step interview instructions, equipment recommendations, and sample questions that is available online at http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/. You can record your interview using equipment that is readily available in most homes—from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

This year, StoryCorps suggests that everyone reach out to their favorite teacher or mentor to say “Thank you for changing my life.” Some may want to call, while others may dash off an email or a written note. Some may want to schedule time to record an interview, while others may prefer to write a post dedicated to their favorite teacher on Facebook or Twitter. How you say “Thank you” isn’t important. But taking the time to say it today will make all the difference in that teacher or mentor’s life!

StoryCorps will also debut an interactive map on nationaldayoflistening.org to showcase participation across the country. You can help “Turn the Country StoryCorps Orange” by recording interviews and transforming our blank map from white to orange, state by state.

The National Day of Listening was started by StoryCorps in 2008 as a way to provide an alternative to "Black Friday" shopping sprees. By participating in this year’s National Day of Listening, we hope you’ll find that taking the time out to interview someone about his or her life is the least expensive but most meaningful gift that we can give.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. You can listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts every Friday morning on Michigan Radio during Morning Edition.

Related links:
National Day of Listening (http://nationaldayoflistening.org/)
National Day of Listening Do-It-Yourself video (http://www.youtube.com/storycorps#p/u/5/dohm3-plvv8)
Download the Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide (http://nationaldayoflistening.org/downloads/DIY-Instruction-Guide2011.pdf)
After you record your interview, please share your experience on the Wall of Listening. (http://nationaldayoflistening.org/share/)


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