Since 2003, StoryCorps has recorded the stories of tens of thousands of everyday people as part of an ongoing project to create one of the largest oral histories in the country. In their words:
The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary.
The recorded stories are intended to be a "portrait of who we really are as Americans." Their silver mobile booth is stationed here in Roanoke, Virginia, until the end of this week. So we thought we'd take this opportunity to check in with them to get a sense the stories they're hearing from people in the area. And in the current economic climate, we're particularly interested in hearing people's stories of hard times.
And we also want to hear from those of you out there who've told StoryCorps your story about surviving economic hardship.