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Florida Matters: StoryCorps in St. Petersburg

In January, StoryCorps is recording the oral history of people in its MobileBooth, parked in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. 

In this episode of Florida Matters, we will hear excerpts of some of the conversations that have been recorded so far.

"We ask pairs of people to come together, friends or loved ones, to come together and talk for 40 minutes, to ask each other questions, to have a conversation they might not have on a typical day. And at the end of that 40 minutes they get a CD to take home," said Eliza Bettinger, the site supervisor at the MobileBooth.

"And another CD, if they give permission, is archived at the Library of Congress, where we’re creating the largest archive that’s ever been collected of regular Americans, or people living in America," she said. "And then also, in addition to that, a few of those interviews are excerpted and played on the radio, either nationally on Morning Edition or locally, with our local radio station partners, like WUSF."

StoryCorps offers tips on how you can make recordings of the people who mean the most in your life at its website.

Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.