Of Kids and Kin

Two people go in; one story comes out. That is the premise of StoryCorps, the brainchild of award-winning documentarian Dave Isay. Since 2003, StoryCorps has recorded 60,000 interviews in 50 states. Talk with someone you love in StoryCorps’ Airstream MobileBooth and get a CD of the conversation as a keepsake. For those who wish, a copy of the interview is archived at the Library of Congress. Some stories are broadcast on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and collected in books. Here in Kansas City, KCUR 89.3 plans to air segments from the project. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth stays parked for four weeks in Brookside, the heart of its NPR demographic. But you don’t have to be a Scott Simon fan to participate. The mission, after all, is to preserve the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs. Reservations were full at press time, but an additional block was slated to become available today at 10 a.m. The suggested donation is $25. Call 800-850-4406 or see storycorps.org.— Grace Suh

Fri., Sept. 10, 10 a.m., 2010