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The Source: The Power Of Books and The Human Voice

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In The First Half:

The recent visit by our friends at StoryCorps to the Alamo city inspired us to talk about the intimacy and profundity of the human voice and story, something they do very well. Founded in 2003 with a booth in Grand Central Terminal, Isay says - while he isn't a nervous guy - the night before the project launched was a sleepless one.

"Look you open up a booth in Grand Central Terminal and you let people come to this thing for free to tell the most intimate truths about their lives. I was concerned we would have Jerry Springer moments."

Inspired by legendary Oral Historian Studs Terkel, the project celebrates the human spirit and story and is now the largest repository of both in history.  

Texas Public Radio will continue to air the StoryCorps stories recorded here in San Antonio over the next few weeks Fridays during All Things Considered and Saturdays during Weekend Edition

Some of our favorites:

Guest:

  • Dave Isay, journalist, documentarian and founder of StoryCorps

*THIS SEGMENT ORIGINALLY AIRED ON MARCH 9, 2016

 

In The Second Half:

 

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Books have stiff competition for the eyes of today's youth. Personal phones and computers take up 6 hours or more of the average kids day, up dramatically from 20 years ago. Youth spend less than 15 minutes a day leisure reading, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

The Source: The Power Of Books and The Human Voice

So is it possible for books to have the same life-changing impact on today's youth? 

One reporter wanted to find out, so David Denby went to three schools to find out what books - if any - were resonating with today's youth.

Guest:

  • David Denby, journalist and author of "Lit Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty Four books that can Change Lives"

*THIS SEGMENT ORIGINALLY AIRED ON FEBRUARY 16, 2016

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive