Appy Hour: StoryCorps

App: StoryCorps  StoryCorps icon
By: StoryCorps, Inc.
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on iPhone

During this winter break, you’ll probably get a chance to visit with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while. Make your time together memorable by interviewing a loved one. Find out something you’ve always wanted to know or capture oral history for posterity. All interviews uploaded through the app will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

When you open the app for the first time, you are asked to log in or sign up. You can sign up using your Facebook account or by creating a StoryCorps account. Once your account is created, you can start preparing your interviews right away. Pick a title and add the name(s) of the participant(s). Choose from dozens of suggested questions or write your own. Examples of suggested questions are “What advice would you give to your teenage self?” and “Tell me a favorite memory of me.”

When you’re ready to record, just press the “Record” button. An introductory paragraph will display on the screen with a template for introducing the interview. You tap the screen to advance to the next question. When you’re done asking questions or you’ve hit the 45-minute maximum recording length, you have the option to take or upload a photo to go with your interview.  Then you have the chance to review your interview information and add a summary, keywords, and location. Finally, you can either publish the interview to the StoryCorps.me website or save it to your device (with the option to publish it later).

The main focus of the StoryCorps app is your own interviews, but it has other features too. You can browse and listen to interviews uploaded by other people. There is also a “How It Works” guide and a “Helpful Hints” section.

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