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If you are a Kentuckian involved in the state’s early smoke-free efforts, StoryCorps wants to hear from you.
One of the largest oral history projects of its kind, StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization that records and preserves the life stories of Americans on a variety of topics. In Kentucky, they want to talk to policymakers, business owners, community leaders and advocates who have worked to make workplaces smoke-free.
Since 2003, nearly 90,000 people have told their stories which are archived in more than 45,000 interviews. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program is funding the StoryCorps collection of 36 Kentuckians’ stories. The oral histories will tell about smoking ban efforts in communities and state-wide. Interviews will also focus on Kentucky’s top ranking in reported lung cancer cases and radon exposure.
For more information about the Kentucky stories, call Heather Robertson at 859-321-8522. For more information about StoryCorps and their weekly broadcasts on their listening page and on NPR’s Morning Edition, click here.
StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary October 30 with an Inaugural Gala in New York hosted by media personality Stephen Colbert.