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Not being much of a commuter these days, I don’t spend a whole lot of time listening to NPR. But somebody turned me on to the online archives of StoryCorps the other day, and I was instantly addicted. As described on their site:

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.

It’s fascinating what we can learn about ourselves by simply listening to others. There are some priceless gems in here. From laugh-out-loud to eye-watering, it’s the kind of inspiration that makes you feel lucky and excited to be part of the human experience. Go get it.

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