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David SoundCloud Speaks #5 – Storycorps

Earlier this year, we introduced our new audio series ‘SoundCloud Speaks‘, where we take an in-depth look into stories from the ‘cloud, and the users behind them. Today, we’re happy to present our fifth installment. The producer for this episode was Jayme Catsouphes.

When StoryCorps began back in 2003, it started with the basic idea that everybody has a story. And it matters. And all those great stories out there need to be told, recorded and archived. To date, StoryCorps has visited all 48 contiguous states and collected over 40,000 interviews.

In this episode of SoundCloud Speaks, the senior producer for StoryCorps, Michael Garofalo talks about the importance of listening and storytelling.

The interviews that StoryCorps collects are unlike anything else you’ll hear on the radio. They’re essentially personal, emotional conversations between family members and close friends. But they also reveal what we all have in common.

To listen to more StoryCorps interviews, check out their archive . You can also listen to their podcast on SoundCloud.

And StoryCorps wants you to get involved! On November 23rd, celebrate the National Day of Listening by recording your own interview with someone special.

SoundCloud Speaks‘ is your show, so let us know what you’d like to hear. If you have a story you’d like to tell, a question you’d like answered, or want to recommend a friend’s sounds for us to share, get in touch by either leaving a comment.

You can hear all previous episodes here.

Thanks again for listening, hope you enjoy!

Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud.  It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything!  Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

SoundCloud Voices this week takes a look at the wonderful world of story telling with three equally brilliant podcasts, two syndicated by public radio in America and one by a group of film makers.  Today we’d like to present The Kitchen Sisters, Snap Judgment and The New American Storytellers.

First, we are happy to announce Peabody award winning The Kitchen Sisters have started using SoundCloud to post their brilliant stories to SoundCloud.  Having produced over 200 stories for NPR, hosts Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva  chronicle hidden bits of history and subjects who have shaped our diverse cultural landscape.  They have started posting some of their recent project – The Hidden World of Girls, a year-long series on NPR exploring the lives of girls and the women they become.  Take a listen to a a recently created episode, hosted by comedian Tina Fey, below!

Next up is National Public Radio’s Snap Judgment.  Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, host Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.  Or as they call it “Storytelling….with a beat”.  Take a listen to the most recent show “Gratitude” below and go check out their Facebook and site for more!

And finally, a little different kind of story telling from The New American Storytellers.  It’s a weekly podcast from storytellers & filmmakers, for storytellers & filmmakers.  So essentially the guys from Vinegar Hill, their community of creatives, talk about the stories behind making their stories!  Very meta.  Take a listen to a recent episode where they talk about creating the sound for their new short film “The Cosmonaut”.

If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform we are currently running a beta program which you can sign up for via this form.  Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.

David SoundCloud Unmutes Your Stories With Storify

Storytelling on the web has largely been mute.

With the announcement of today’s integration and partnership with Storify, this will change by offering journalists, to everyday users, a deeper connection with each other through the use of voice and sounds in their Storify streams.

Storify lets users tell stories by easily collating content from different social media sites into one, cohesive narrative. For journalists and reporters, adding a new medium — sound — into their reporting has now become super easy.

Storify explains how it works: