StoryCorps has become a regular feature on NPR’s “Morning Edition” each Friday, with unscripted one-on-one conversations that shed light on the human experience and create the “driveway moments” that keep listeners in their car to hear people share their stories about love, loss, family, and friendship. StoryCorp is a podcast too, and it will get a new host as a fresh season rolls out.
Kamilah Kashanie, who has been a Production Assistant at StoryCorps, will now be in front of the microphone. It becomes the second podcast that Kashanie hosts. She holds similar duties for the Feeling My Flo series about menstruation from PRX and Lantigua-Williams & Co.
“Kamilah’s love for radio is rooted in her desire to understand more about what makes us who we are,” said StoryCorps and NPR in the joint announcement. “As a storyteller, she’s committed to starting conversations to make lasting changes in underserved communities, and to craft narratives that help give voice to individuals who would not otherwise have a platform to tell their stories.”
The new 12-episode season will feature stories from people who have lived through great change – from historical moments to personal ones – as they try to glean some wisdom from the lessons they have learned along the way. New episodes of the podcast will be available every Tuesday and excerpts will then air weekly on NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Fridays.
Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has brought more than 600,000 Americans together to record conversations about their lives. StoryCorps Connect, a first-of-its-kind technology, makes it easy for people to continue participating in StoryCorps with loved ones while observing stay-at-home orders. It uses advanced online video-conferencing technology and wraparound instructional tools to give participants a free, high-quality platform to record StoryCorps conversations remotely. The conversations become instantly accessible and shareable through StoryCorps’ Online Archive and are preserved for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
The producers of the series said some of the conversations recorded during the pandemic will be shared in this season’s podcast episodes.