WDNA-FM arrives in Miami to document stories of Latinos

MIAMI, FL– StoryCorps, a national initiative to document the unique stories of Americans, will record the stories of Miami’s Latino residents as part of its Historias Initiative January 7 – 30, 2010.  Historias, which means ‘story’ in Spanish, is an ongoing initiative to capture and celebrate the diversity of Latinos culture.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth – an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio – will be parked at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College for four weeks. Reservations can now be made through StoryCorps’ 24-hour reservation line, 1-800-850-4406, or at StoryCorps.org. StoryCorps Historias plans to collect 120 interviews during its stay in Miami.

At the Mobile Booth, interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and handles the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of each 40-minute session, participants walk away with a free CD copy of their interview. With their permission, a second copy becomes part of an archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. During the first year of Historias, StoryCorps will visit cities across the nation, partnering with local radio stations, cultural institutions and community-based organizations to collect nearly 1,000 stories throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In Miami, StoryCorps is partnering with WDNA-FM 88.9 Public Radio, which will air a selection of the local stories. Selected interviews will also air on Latino USA, an English-language news program broadcast in 31 states and NPR’s Morning Edition.

StoryCorps requests a donation of $25 for each interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost, ensuring that StoryCorps remains a free public service. StoryCorps interviews can be conducted in any language. StoryCorps facilitators are trained to conduct interviews in either English or Spanish.

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