Do you listen to NPR on Friday mornings? Ordinary (who's really "ordinary"?) folks tell stories about their lives. It's also available on podcast and e-mail subscription. Have you heard this?
The StoryCorps mobile unit travels around the USA gathering recordings...an oral history project. So far they've interviewed 22,000 people. All the recordings are cataloged at the Library of Congress. There is no charge, but a suggested donation.
You do this in pairs...one plays Interviewer, one plays Subject. The conversation can be about anything you wish. They also provide a general list of questions you can choose from. The recording session lasts 40 minutes, at the end of which they give you a CD of your session.
StoryCorps is in Tulsa now for a month, and the three of us (me, Hubby & SonofEva) made recordings. SonofEva interviewed his father first (on Thursday), then me (today). The CDs are wonderful. I know we will treasure them in years to come. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this whenever it is in your town. Take a friend or a relative with you.
Here's a link to their website. You can listen to a few stories they've recorded to get an idea about what those individuals thought was important in their lives.
(click on "Listen to Stories" to hear recordings)