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Oral History

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Magdaleno (Leno) Díaz passed way on February 10, 2015, at the age of 95. His passing gave me pause to contemplate the significance and impact of what is often referred to as The Greatest Generation.

The Boggs School Oral History Project: Linking Youth and Elders to the Past, Present and Future

Laura De Palma | Posted 02.16.2015 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

The Oral History Club is a powerful example of the importance of intergenerational dialogue between our youth and the elders. It is the knowing of what has been that informs the limitless possibility of what can be.

Power and Privilege in Oral History Interviews and Projects

Rick Ayers | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Do you see a problem here? Is something missing from the lesson taught? I think there is. And it is a common problem in the social studies -- in history, sociology, anthropology, even education. The issue, as is so often the case, is power.

Recording History: The 1947 Partition Archive

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

The 1947 Partition Archive gathers crowd-sourced oral history recordings through an online platform. The younger generation is being empowered to harness widely available communications technology to interview their elders.

On the 'A' with Souleo: 3 Oral History Projects You Should Know About

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Predating the written word and remaining popular with the advent of digital technology, oral history continues to be an essential component of how we understand the human experience.

Oral History Puts a Human Face on Global Economy

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.02.2014 | Books
Rick Ayers

A review of: Invisible Hands: Voices From the Global Economy Compiled and edited by Corinne Goria Voice of Witness, McSweeny's Books, 2014 This new a...

Oral History Turns Holographic

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 05.31.2014 | Technology
Stephen D. Smith

This is not the fireside chat in the comfort of the interviewee's home. We are joined in the studio by a host of graphic and natural language scientists, multiple interviewers and producers frantically scribbling notes.

Homeless Teen Finds His Voice With StoryCorpsU and a Compassionate Teacher

StoryCorps | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
StoryCorps

Teachers and students who take part get to know each other more deeply and strengthen their relationships, a key factor in academic success. Through a recording Aaron made for the class, his teacher Celeste Davis-Carr learned that he was homeless.

Youth Unite: How Entrepreneur Otessa Marie Ghadar Created an International Community Through Cyber Streaming

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Otessa Marie Ghadar's global recognition, from the White House to bloggers in Moldova, in addition to her new app, Tapestry, has facilitated her spreading awareness and change.

Why Write for Free?

Roger Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Roger Wright

Perhaps a tougher question than it sounds? Cliché talking points about 'finding my passion' make me cringe. Self promotion can't be all there is. And then there is the fact that I need the money now. So what's the real answer?

What's Your Story?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

Evenings of story-telling could be done in any town. Mine has a population of only 20,000. This kind of event does not require an enormous metropolis. Classical Athens was tiny by modern standards. What it had were traditions, an audience, occasions.

A 'Boy Meets World' Oral History

Hollywood.com | Posted 10.31.2012 | TV

It should be easy to write off "Boy Meets World" as a blip on the lengthy timeline of family-friendly sitcoms. The show opted for simplicity over a hi...

Monticello's New Slave Oral History Project

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON | Posted 02.26.2012 | DC

RICHMOND, Va. — When Thomas Jefferson died, scores of slaves were sold from his Monticello plantation to settle his debts. Peter Fossett, 11, wa...

Using the 9/11 Documentary Rebirth to Repair Lives

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.11.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

The documentary Rebirth begins with a sound familiar to New Yorkers. It's the audio theme for the "all news all the time" radio station 1010 WINS.

Gimme That Old Time (Native American) Religion

Alison Owings | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Alison Owings

I participated in a series of talks my local church sponsored called, "Gutsy Women of Faith." Like everything connected to Native Americana, at least in my view, things were complicated.

No More Questions!

Dave Isay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dave Isay

2011-05-04-grab.jpgOur stories -- the stories of everyday people -- are more powerful and interesting than the lives of celebrities that clog up our airwaves every day.

LISTEN: Grandmother Tells Granddaughter What It Was Like To Fall In Love With Her Partner

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This Friday, StoryCorps, an oral history initiative that helps Americans record and archive stories from their lives, will celebrate the third annual ...

WATCH: Studs Terkel On What's Missing From Modern Life

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This Friday, StoryCorps, an oral history initiative that helps Americans record and archive stories from their lives, will celebrate the third annual ...

'Oral History Project' Takes An Inside Look At Chicago Classrooms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In popular culture, American teachers are sometimes idealized as the visionaries portrayed in films, quickly able to turn around the lives of troubled...

How to Defeat the Great Eraser

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Death eventually claims everyone who remembers a certain person, but there is another option: Honor those people and their stories by writing them down or recording them.

Overcoming Katrina: In the Words of the Survivors

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

No book has told the story of Katrina as plainly and as painfully as Overcoming Katrina. These narratives perform one of history's most important functions: to acknowledge the reality of experience.

Oral-gate: The Secret History of the Metropolitan Museum

Michael Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Gross

Although the Metropolitan Museum celebrates the history of human creation, its keepers were profoundly anti-historical when it came to their own story.

Of No Fixed Address: The Curse of the Irish

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

'I used to see guys who were on the street and homeless, and I just never fathomed that it could be me one day.'

Of No Fixed Address: Terrorized Around the Clock

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

Mental illness can lead to homelessness, but the stress of losing one's home, sleeping on a park bench, and surviving from nickel to nickel could just as easily exacerbate a predisposition to mental illness.

Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle on Storytelling

Gotham Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gotham Chopra

If there is one thing we might learn from great filmmaking, as with Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, it is that through our stories we have the ability to inspire, lead, and transform.