The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2017

DATELINE:  October 25, 2017

Taken straight from StoryCorps website, because why mess with copy from some of the best storytellers on the planet:  

Save the date: November 23, 2017.   

Nearly a quarter million people have recorded and shared their stories using the StoryCorps App.  More than 75,000 stories have been shared under the banner of The Great American Thanksgiving Listen, our annual invitation for young people to interview an elder in their family or community.

Now in its third year, the Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge issued by our Founder, Dave Isay, in 2015 into a vital intergenerational movement.

In 2017, we’re back for a third helping and inviting people across the country to make family history a topic at their Thanksgiving table. At a time when social media and technology creates echo chambers, isolating us from one another, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is an opportunity to use smartphones to bring Americans closer together.

New this year, we are working with our sponsor Adobe to use Adobe Spark to add photos, videos and other visual elements to StoryCorps recordings, enriching stories that will be uploaded to our archive and included in the special StoryCorps collection at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


  • Get the StoryCorps App for Android, iOS or Kindle, and record and upload your own interview to this growing collection.
  • Follow along on Facebook and Twitter using #TheGreatListen as we share interview tips, app updates and highlights from the archives.
  • Know a teacher that would like to participate? Invite them to our StoryCorps in the Classroom Facebook page.

To help bring attention to this year’s Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps is working with national partners in media, technology and education, as well as school districts and educators in all 50 states. Education partners include National Education Association, Facing History and Ourselves, Teach For America, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Civic Nation, Jack and Jill of America and the Journalism Education Association, and school districts across the country. Media partners include NPR, TED and the Library of Congress.


Author: auntdeev

playfulness coach, life enthusiast & general instigator, ENTJ, cat lover

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