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. We are working to create of a culture of listening and understanding.
Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps, based in Brooklyn, New York gives people the chance to record conversations about their lives, to pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and to leave a legacy for the future.
Recording an interview couldn’t be easier: You invite a loved one, or anyone else you choose, to make time for a conversation. The StoryCorps app explains the interview process, offers tips on how to find a quiet recording space, and provides questions and prompts to carry you through the conversation. Press “record,” and share in a conversation you’ll never forget. With one tap, your recording will be uploaded to the American Folklife Center at the United States Library of Congress. Interviews recorded using the app can be shared with family, friends, and others online.
You can also search and listen to conversations in our collection from inside the app.
Preserving your stories for you and for future generations is important to us. If you need help using the app, have technical issues, or want to make a suggestion, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit support.storycorps.me. We love to hear from you!
Very special thanks to TED and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
To learn more, visit StoryCorps.org
*Please upgrade if you are participating in The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2019.*
This version updates some informational messaging, improves recording quality in some use cases and resolves an issue some users were seeing after registering for the first time.
Ratings and Reviews
Hallelujah! App updates fixed the bugs
Update: with the newest release 3.2.0 out, I had my students update their apps and run some peer to peer interviews in class - looks like the major bugs are gone! All our interviews uploaded and there were no mysterious disappearances or struggles. UI is much nicer now too! Phew.
I recently used the app to run The Great Thanksgiving Listen project with my 10th grade history students. Each of them recorded a grandparent or adult in their lives using the app, and then we uploaded them all with a special classroom keyword.
The app functionality was fairly straight forward and the process of recording/uploading for all 45 of my students was 95% great with a few exceptions- some of the interviews disappeared, some of them wouldn't upload to the site, etc. I think they are in process of fixing the bugs soon!
Once we uploaded the interviews, my students did all of the photos, keywording and description writing through the website version of the app on the StoryCorps Archive. Much easier than typing on phones and the interface was more comprehensive.
This is a great curriculum for history and social studies classrooms and I'm so glad I found out about it!
Improved with more questions and stories to hear
I first used this app in the fall. I recorded two interviews and got the hang of it. I'm going to use it at my family reunion. It's definitely much improved. There are new questions added and it seems faster moving from one step to the next. I also found out I can listen to some Storycorps stories that are like what I hear on NPR. I find something new whenever I open up this app!
Be sure to upload your interviews!
The app is great for doing oral histories. It provides suggested questions as well as allows you to propose your own. The app also let’s you order the questions and record the audio for the interview.
However the app does not backup your interviews - so if you do a factory reset without uploading your interviews to the archives. You will lose them. I found this out the hard way.
My wife and I have been using the app for the last two years to record annual reflections on our relationship. I had saved the interviews on my phone, but had trouble uploading them to the archive. Well this year I had to do a factory reset on my phone and lost all of our interviews. So upload your interviews!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.