An Airstream trailer equipped with a sound booth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017 to collect stories of the Detroit region. Inside the booth, over 200 Detroiters interviewed meaningful people in their lives. Those interviews are shared through the StoryCorps Detroit podcast and broadcast series. The podcast is hosted by WDET’s Sascha Raiyn and produced by WDET’s Laura Herberg. It is available on all major podcasting apps. The broadcast series airs on WDET Fridays during Morning Edition, Sundays on Weekend Edition and Mondays on Culture Shift.
The national nonprofit behind the trailer, StoryCorps, brought its MobileBooth to the city as part of a national tour. StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Some of the interviews recorded by StoryCorps in cities like Detroit are broadcast nationally Fridays on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps interviews are also archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
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Aug. 1, 2018 on StoryCorps Detroit
It contains a sports archive, internet radio opportunities for teens, and late night tours.
July 25, 2018 on StoryCorps Detroit
An employee at the Detroit Institute of Arts is interviewed by the museum’s director.
July 18, 2018 on StoryCorps Detroit
A Detroit artist uses the Hudson Building as his personal studio.
July 11, 2018 on StoryCorps Detroit
“We decided to stay, and we had to let him go,” says Nohemi De La Torre.
Aug. 23, 2017 on StoryCorps Detroit
One new Detroiter tells of the dramatic welcome gift she received from a woman in her 90s, now her “best friend” here.