Monday, November 24, 2008

morning message from Momrat (National Listening Day)

Momrat was listening to the StoryCorps on NPR, as she does. Have you heard of the StoryCorps? They're a radio program that basically goes around collecting oral history. It's a neat concept; in the end, most people have stories to tell, and sometimes it takes a stranger to hear them.

Momrat was chagrined to learn that they are touring the country looking for stories but that she already missed their stop in her area. She wanted to drag The Aunda and make her talk about making Christmas cookies.

She did want to make a public service announcement, though. Apparently the StoryCorps have declared Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) National Day of Listening. The goal on Friday is to listen to someone else's interesting story about their life. Coincidentally, Momrat and I had already acquired a tape recorder and planned to go visit The Aunda on Friday for an all-day interview (it's even marked in The Aunda's daybook) so we feel that perhaps the Story Corps is kind of the gods' way of smiling on our mission.

I have a crazy week coming up, and might not be able to post much. (Famous lies, I know.) But sometime this weekend I'll put up an Aunda story that is disseminated to me on National Day of Listening.

Anyone else game? Listen to a story this weekend, put it up on your blog, and drop me a link. We'll make a catalog on Monday.

12 comments:

Iasa said...

count me in

JES said...

One of my sisters has already enlisted the entire family. Since the adults have been telling one another our oral history for decades, one assumes that we are simply to twiddle our thumbs waiting for questions from the peanut gallery.

Jeanie W said...

If everybody's listening on Friday, who's going to tell the stories?

Travis Erwin said...

I heard this on NPR this morning as well. Seems like a great idea to me.

Nancy Hightower said...

Fabulous idea, and a great way to counteract the rush and bother of Black Friday...to just sit and listen.

Kelsey said...

The only time I've ever been moved to tears by the radio was in my car listening to a Story Corps piece. Sometimes it's best to get those pesky journos out of the way and just let people talk.

Merry Monteleone said...

Sounds fantastic, Moonie. I'm in.

Sarah Hina said...

I've never heard this program, but I do love This American Life for much the same reasons. What a great idea. I hope the week goes well for you!

(I did want to tell you about my book, since you were kind enough to inquire. I finally signed the contract with Medallion Press! Yay!! Thanks for all your support and good wishes, Moonie. Oh, and I still read your blog religiously through bloglines, even if I don't always get over here. :))

McKoala said...

What a great idea. Not a great weekend for us, due to most of us being sick/hospitalised/farmed out to others to look after, but if anyone tells a story I will post.

Momrat! Momrat!

Pamala Knight said...

Great idea, Moonie and Momrat. I'll be waiting with bated breath for the Aunda's recollections.

Precie said...

It just so happens that I was listening to NPR that morning and heard about the National Listening Day thing. (One of the NPR anchors did a StoryCorps segment interviewing his own mother about her family background and education.) I've been thinking about it...and I expect to see my parents this weekend. Perhaps I'll ask them to tell Child something about their childhoods in the Philippines. :)

Miriam S.Forster said...

This comment's a bit late, but I gotta make a book plug.

Last Christmas, a friend gave me the Storycorps book called "Listening is an Act of Love" It also came with a short CD. I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

It's amazing really, how important and vital the stories of everyday people are. I would recommend the set to any writer. Check it out here:

http://shop.npr.org/products/Listening_Is_an_Act_of_Love_Gift_Set-164-36.html