#351 Preserving and Sharing Humanity’s Stories with StoryCorps

Happy Thanksgiving!  It's hard to believe that this is our seventh Thanksgiving together here at Jill on Money.  Where does the time go?

In hour one this week we're bringing you some great listener calls.  We started the action with Chris from Florida who inherited some money and is wondering what his next step should be. Next up was Doug from Miami, who at the ripe old age of 35 has aspirations of a very young retirement. Andrew from Chicago had some questions about consolidating old retirement plans and we wrapped up the calls with Chris from Spokane who has some extra income and isn't quite sure what he should be doing with it.

Since this episode is dropping on Thanksgiving we thought we’d do something a bit different.

Instead of focusing on bettering ourselves financially, we wanted to introduce you to StoryCorps, a non-profit organization that strives to make the world better off by preserving and sharing stories, build connections and create a more just and compassionate world.

In short, it serves as a good reminder of the things that matter most.

And who better to help us stay in the giving thanks spirit than our guest Dave Isay, the founder and president of StoryCorps.

His goal is simple: to use stories to remind us of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, StoryCorps is creating an invaluable archive for future generations--every interview is housed at the Library of Congress.

So as you’re sitting around this Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends, I encourage you to download the StoryCorps app and take part in The Great Thanksgiving Listen, a national movement that empowers people of all ages to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the free app.

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