November 24, 2008
Contact:
Danielle Deabler, NPR


   

NPR AND STORYCORPS
KICK-OFF FIRST EVER NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING;
NOVEMBER 22 – NOVEMBER 28, 2008

Exclusive Interview By Dorothy Bush Koch
Of Her Brother President Bush, Airing Thanksgiving Day



November 24, 2008; Washington, D.C. – NPR, in partnership with StoryCorps, will launch the first annual National Day of Listening on the day after Thanksgiving, November 28, 2008. To celebrate the National Day of Listening, NPR will air a special StoryCorps series November 22-November 28 featuring interviews among 10 popular NPR hosts, correspondents and commentators with their own friends and family as well as an exclusive interview led by Dorothy Bush Koch of her brother President Bush.

StoryCorps National Day of Listening is a new element of StoryCorps, the successful landmark project that began in 2003 to collect multi-generational stories of Americans with voices from across the country. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s news program Morning Edition.

NPR and StoryCorps’ goal for the National Day of Listening is to encourage, instruct, and inspire people to record conversations with loved ones.

The special StoryCorps series will air all of this week on the following NPR programs:

Weekend Edition Saturday
Host Scott Simon interviews his mother

Weekend Edition Sunday
Host Liane Hansen interviews her son

Morning Edition Monday, November 24 – Friday, November 28
Host Steve Inkseep interviews his parents
Host Renee Montagne interviews someone she first interviewed in 1981 when she was first starting out with NPR
Commentator Frank Deford interviews travel agent of 20 years, someone he has talked to endlessly but never met
NPR correspondents Susan Stamberg and Noah Adams talk about their careers in radio and the art of listening.
Airing Thanksgiving day, Dorothy Bush Koch interviews President Bush

All Things Considered
Michele Norris interviews her mother.

Tell Me More
Host Michel Martin interviews her children

Day to Day
Host Madeline Brand shares audio from an interview with her late father

For more information on NPR and the National Day of Listening, including instructions, pointers and sample questions from StoryCorps, go to http://www.npr.org/multimedia/2008/11/ndol/ndol.html