In 2010, three months after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, the International Public Radio program This American Life sent me to the north of Haiti with a borrowed microphone and instructions to collect stories. I was amazed at the courage of the Haitian people in the face of overwhelming odds. After a week in Limbe and Gonaives, I returned home with 65 hours of tape, which we then whittled down to 13 minutes of air time. Ira Glass may be a ruthless editor, but he knows how to tell a story.
Boise Voices Project
I created the Boise Voices Oral History Project in 2009 as a way to preserve the history of the Boise neighborhood in N/NE Portland. Local kids and elders who had grown up in the neighborhood met to record interviews about what had changed over time: from horse-drawn buggies and Depression-era dance halls to red-lining, segregation and unforgettable neighborhood block parties. We collected amazing stories from ordinary people. Eavesdrop here…