Thursday, as everyone knows, is Thanksgiving, that pinnacle of family bonding, gluttony, and, of course, giving thanks. But did you know that November 28th (Friday) has been designated the National Day of Listening by StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving oral history.
This long holiday weekend, StoryCorps wants to start a new holiday tradition. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, when everyone is still tryptophan sleepy, the nonprofit asks you to record a conversation with a special family member or friend.
You can interview the person of your choice. Perhaps you want your grandmother to tell tales of her youth, a friend to talk of her travels abroad, or a neighbor to describe your town 50 years ago.
As American culture has moved away from oral traditions, StoryCorps’ aim is to reinforce and inspire a shift back, emphasizing the emotional effect and singularity of this type of communication. Check out their web site for a guide on conducting interviews for the National Day of Listening.