The Valley’s public radio station 91.5 KJZZ is collaborating with StoryCorps—a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds—to record interviews in Phoenix from Feb. 12 to March 8 as part of StoryCorps’ 2013 cross-country MobileBooth tour. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be parked at the Phoenix Art Museum. Reservations are available now by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.kjzz.org.
The MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service. KJZZ will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.