StoryCorps in Santa Barbara

KCLU Brings Nation’s Largest Oral History Project to SB

Thursday, December 19, 2013
<b>AIRTIME:</b> The StoryCorps Airstream is now at the Library Plaza.
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Paul Wellman

AIRTIME: The StoryCorps Airstream is now at the Library Plaza.

For any regular NPR listener, it’s one of the most memorable moments of every week. On Friday mornings, embedded within Morning Edition, there is a breakout feature that brings real people’s most important and emotional stories to the air. StoryCorps, which began in 2003, takes interviews from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, facilitates the recording of those interviews, and then archives them in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Each week, NPR broadcasts an edited version of one of the interviews, and many more examples from the more than 50,000 collected stories are available for online listening at As part of its initiative to bring the national programs it carries into closer contact with its listeners, KCLU, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Public Library, and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, is sponsoring the visit of the StoryCorps Airstream, which will be parked at Library Plaza through December 20. Although all the on-site interview slots for this event have already been filled, it’s still possible to participate online, and KCLU listeners can look forward to hearing the stories recorded in Santa Barbara and Ventura broadcast locally throughout the month of February 2014.

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