You don’t need a credit card for StoryCorps’ Day of Listening

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StoryCorps is gearing up for its second annual National Day of Listening, to be celebrated Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. The event, an extension of the StoryCorps oral history project that has now collected personal interviews of more than 50,000 individuals, invites public radio listeners to record a meaningful conversation with a loved one and preserve it as a piece of family history. “The National Day of Listening, which coincides with Black Friday–traditionally the largest shopping day of the year–proves that simply listening to one another is the least expensive and most meaningful gift we can give,” said Dave Isay, StoryCorps founder and president. To help promote this year’s event, NPR personalities Dan Schorr, Juan Williams and Will Shortz will record interviews and discuss the experience on-air, and Talk of the Nation will devote its Thanksgiving Day broadcast to the Day of Listening. Local stations also are helping to spread the word. Austin’s KUT will open its studios to local families during off-hours on Thanksgiving week and Atlanta’s WABE will host a special event for local Girl Scouts. (Those who conduct interviews will earn badges!) StoryCorps has produced a package of promotional materials for stations, posted here.