#TheGreatListen Recipes for Success

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What’s cookin’ in your kitchen this holiday weekend?
Here are our top Recipes for Success to record a loved one with the StoryCorps App over Thanksgiving. Join the movement to collect the voices of an entire generation; share your interviews and tag your posts with #TheGreatListen and @StoryCorps.


1. Get Inspired

Browse classic StoryCorps interviews and questions, listen to #TheGreatListen 2015 Podcast and consider who you’d like to interview and record for future generations to discover.

2. Talk to Your Interview Partner

Invite the person you have selected to sit down and do an interview with you. Create an interview in the app by giving it a title and associating yourself and others with the interview.

3. Make a List of “Great” Questions

Decide what to talk about with your partner and ask open-ended questions. Great questions will help you stay on topic and pace the interview. Remember to ask follow-up questions if you are curious about something!

4. Practice

Before recording, check the storage space on your device (500MB minimum) and allow the StoryCorps App access to your camera. Then practice by conducting a short test interview. Upload your interview, log in to your account at StoryCorps.me from a desktop computer, and complete your profile. When done, you will see your interview on both the app and the StoryCorps.me site.

5. Find a Quiet Room

Select a time when you can be alone together with your partner in a relaxed and quiet place. Find a comfortable room and eliminate distractions like TVs, music, or loud appliances. Small to medium-sized rooms with carpeting, furniture and soft surfaces that absorb noise make for the best recordings.

6. Introduce Yourself

Start your interview by identifying yourself and providing context (think who, when, where questions). “My name is ___. I’m ___ years old and I’m here with my ____ in our living room in ____.”

7. Listen

Sit close together, make eye contact and listen. The time will pass quickly. Continue the conversation even after the recording stops.

8. Create Keywords

Keywords are shortened versions of the classic who, what, when, where, and why questions that will help make your interview accessible to your family, historians, and researchers for years to come.

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