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Storytelling - Oakland Campus: Listen to Some Stories

This guide is designed for students enrolled in Elizabeth Mahoney's LIS 2326 Storytelling course.

Digital Storytelling combines media including photos and sounds and web2.0 technologies to tell a story

In early 2006, 12–year–old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger's syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah, at StoryCorps.


StoryCorps is a non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.  Modeled after the WPA (Works Progress Administration) initiatives from the 1930s as well as the work of noted oral historian Studs Terkel, StoryCorps focuses on recorded interviews.  StoryCorps has recorded almost 50,000 interviews from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several American territories

In addition to availability on the StoryCorps website, interviews are featured regularly on most NPR stations.

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The Moth

The Moth was started by southern poet and novelist, George Dawes Green, who recalled evenings spent sharing stories on the porch, with rapt listeners and moths drawn to candle flames. This non-profit supporting the craft of story telling and sharing was founded in 1997 and is based in New York City and offers live theme-based storytelling events in the US and abroad, weekly podcasts, and beginning in 2009, a national public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour.  


Sound Portraits

Sound Portraits Productions was the predecessor to StoryCorps and was founded in 1994 by MacArthur Fellow David Isay as an independent production company. Sound Portraits provided marginalized voices with a means to share their stories with a national audience. Sound Portraits offered more than audio documentaries---the organization stimulated conversation on poverty, social justice, race, and juvenile sentencing. While no longer in active production, you can listen to audio profiles at or search the archives of NPR's All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.