National Day of Listening (and recording)

November 27 is the National Day of Listening. On this day after Thanksgiving, you are supposed to set aside one hour to record a conversation with someone important to you. You can interview anyone you choose: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood.

This is a project of StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, Americans have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps, making it one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. People preserve the interview using cell phones, tape recorders, computers, or even pen and paper.