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StoryCorps In The Ozarks

StoryCorps Mobile Tour in the Ozarks April 21 - May 18, 2022

KSMU Radio is pleased to welcome the StoryCorps' Mobile Tour to the Ozarks this spring!

Appointments are NOW AVAILABLE.*
*Please note, recording sessions have filled, but you can sign up for the wait list.

Join us to celebrate StoryCorps' visit to the Ozarks.
On Thursday, May 12th from 6-8 pm, KSMU will host a Listening Event featuring select interviews. The event will include refreshments and Q&A with StoryCorps staff and be held at The Creamery Arts Center in Springfield.
WHAT: StoryCorps Mobile Tour Listening Event
WHEN: Thursday, May 12th, 2022
WHERE: The Creamery Arts Center Exhibition Hall, 411 N. Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, MO*
*Additional parking is available at Jordan Valley Car Park.

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

Public radio helps StoryCorps to capture and share these stories. Come share your family's story or community's history when the StoryCorps’ Mobile Tour comes to Springfield, April 21 through May 18, 2022 and West Plains, May 6-8, 2022.

How to Participate:
Reservations are now open. Reservations can be made online through the StoryCorps website. Both in-person and virtual interviews will be available.


In-person interviews will be recorded at The Library Center, located at 4653 S. Campbell Avenue in Springfield, Missouri and at the Civic Center in West Plains located at 110 St. Louis..

Virtual interviews will take place on the StoryCorps platform, and a link will be emailed to you and your conversation partner. While one of the interviewees needs to be in the Ozarks area, the partner can be anywhere in the world (keep time zones in mind when booking reservation).

StoryCorps facilitators make it all happen!
Once you make your reservation, a StoryCorps team member will contact you to find out what you and your conversation partner would like to talk about, what you want to come away with and they will ask if you would like help with your questions.

You have 40 minutes. While you can't fit a lifetime into 40 minutes, you choose your questions wisely and dive into those things that are most important. Be open to where the conversation takes you. There is no wrong way to do this. It's up to you. It's your conversation. If you need some inspiration, review these Tips for a Great Conversation on the StoryCorps website.

Afterward, and only with your permission, your conversation is archived in the Library of Congress and made available for broadcast. In addition, a digital copy of your conversation/interview will be emailed to you.

Questions? Contact KSMU Radio at 417-836-5878.

StoryCorps in the Ozarks is sponsored locally by Synergy. The StoryCorps Mobile Tour is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.