Storycorps, which has recorded over 30,000 "conversations of a lifetime" inspired us. We think we can and should do the same thing here, with Mga Kuwento Natin. It will be an effort to hear out, document and preserve the stories of our lives.
We all know those stories - of our grandparents telling us what it was like when the Japanese were here, or how our parents stopped the tanks along EDSA, or how uncles and aunts met and fell in love, or even the barkada classics that are repeated over and over and over again each time we meet for a bottle or two.
Only this time, we can be there for and with you to preserve the memory and the conversation. We're thinking of trying it out with the first thirty volunteers. All you'll need to provide is yourself and your interviewee, and a quiet room where you can talk uninterrupted for about 45 minutes, and we will go to you with everything else. At the end of the session, you will have had one conversation with someone about anything and everything you've wanted to ask, and we will burn a copy of the recording on a CD for you as a keepsake.
We're hoping that magic happens, and that somewhere within those 45 minutes are 3-4 snippets of truly interesting or funny or touching or memorable stuff that we can turn into podcasts. Eventually, we can have a library of snippets of authentic conversations that serve both as oral history, and as an audio glimpse of the things that make us Filipino, and that make us human.
More details coming soon... we're hoping to get the interviews started later this month.