StoryCorps is planning a visit to Kansas to record conversations with people who have been or are current SNAP recipients and others who have been involved with the program. We’d love for you to tell your story!
Through recording, sharing, and preserving these stories, we hope to:
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, StoryCorps will record, preserve, and share the stories and experiences of individuals that have been positively impacted by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to change the narrative about the program and whom it benefits, emphasizing the support SNAP provides for children and the boost it gives state and local economies.
Schedule an Interview
If you are interested in scheduling interviews for yourself or for your organization’s community members, please contact Michaela Smith from KC Healthy Kids at (816) 523 5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or use this form to answer a few questions.
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived over 60,000 interviews with more than 100,000 participants. StoryCorps is the largest oral history project of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.
About Local Partners
The local coordinating partner on this project is KC Healthy Kids, a regional non-profit that rallies communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. KC Healthy Kids is working in cooperation with Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, Historic Northeast Midtown Association, the UMKC Center for Neighborhoods and others on recording arrangements.
How it Works
The StoryCorps recording model consists of two people who know each other having an intimate 40-minute conversation, so we ask that when someone signs up for an interview, they invite a friend, family member, or colleague to join them. A trained StoryCorps facilitator will sit in the room during the conversation. With permission, the recording is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Participants may also opt to archive their recording with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture or the University of Texas Benson Collection.
Participants are the “interviewers.” The best StoryCorps conversations take place between two people who know each other well. The relationship between the participants can greatly increase the quality of their experience. While the facilitator in the room may ask a couple follow-up questions, the participants are primarily the ones guiding the conversation and asking each other questions.
Stories are the goal. The recording is an opportunity for participants to tell stories from their personal experiences and describe vivid memories or reflections—not simply dates, places, and chronologies. We like to encourage participants to, “Paint us a picture in words.”
Interviews can be recorded in any language. Participants can record their story in any language they prefer. Many of our facilitators are fluent in Spanish, so we welcome Spanish-speaking participants to share their stories.
The conversations are not scripted. StoryCorps conversations are not meant to be rehearsed or read from notes. We encourage participants to bring along questions for their partner, while leaving room for follow-up questions and flexibility during interviews. We will provide a list of questions that participants can customize for their recording.
Very few interviews air on NPR. Each participant pair receives a recording of their conversation. With permission from participants, all recordings are archived with StoryCorps for preservation, but less than 1% of interviews are edited for broadcast on NPR.
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