The Great Thanksgiving Listen

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national movement that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history.

Now in its third year, the Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge issued by our founder, Dave Isay, into a vital intergenerational movement. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved over 75,000 interviews.

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Join us and help create a culture of listening that echoes across the nation. Sign up here and be the first to receive updates, the new 2017 Teacher Toolkit, tips for recording a great interview, and other recipes for success.

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Not a teacher or a school? You can still participate & make history.
Download the StoryCorps App, select your questions, and take some time to listen and record a loved one this Thanksgiving.

Resources for Teachers

About the App

Launched with support from the 2015 TED Prize and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the StoryCorps app is a global platform for listening, connecting, and sharing stories of the human experience. The App takes the StoryCorps experience out of the booth and putting it entirely in the hands of users, enabling anyone, anywhere to record conversations with another person and then easily archive them at the Library of Congress and on our website. Since its debut, nearly a quarter million people have take part in an interview using the Storycorps App.

Watch Founder Dave Isay’s TED Talk from 2015 and his follow-up talk in 2016.
[VIDEO: TED talk 2015]
[VIDEO: TED Talk 2016]

Selections from The Great Listen

Select Audio Card playlist: 4-5 examples of TGTL interviews (2 min segments)

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