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The Conversation of a Lifetime

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will partner with Iowa Public Radio to record interviews in Des Moines from August 3 through September 1, 2017 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded. 

StoryCorps events in Iowa:
Thursday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m. - Join us in Cowles Commons for Opening Day at the MobileBooth! 
Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. - StoryCorps Listening Party at the State Historical Museum of Iowa 
Both events are free and open to the public. 

The StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be installed in Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines. All Iowa reservations are now booked, but please put your name on the waitlist to be called when there are cancelations. When you sign up, please detail in your notes what you'd like to talk about and who you will bring to the booth: this helps StoryCorps staff look for participants to call. Join the wait list by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org/reservations

In StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, two people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. At the end of the session, participants walk away with a CD, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come. Someday your great-great-great-grandchildren will be able to meet your grandfather, your mother, your best friend, or whomever it is you chose to honor with a StoryCorps interview. 

StoryCorps' mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. This airstream-turned-recording studio will be in Des Moines for the entire month of August 2017.

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world…to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, StoryCorps is creating an invaluable archive for future generations.