Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special premieres November 28, 2013 at 10 PM on PBS stations. (Check local listings.). Watch the program online for free starting November 29, along with all of the StoryCorps animated shorts from the past three seasons of POV.
The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. Listening Is an Act of Love features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project. Each story reflects StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s fundamental belief: “We can learn so much about the people all around us — even about the people we already know — just by taking the time to have a conversation.” Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between Isay and his 9-year-old nephew, Benji. As always, the selections provoke both tears and laughter — and highlight the simple joy found in sitting together and asking life’s important questions. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.
This fall, The Penguin Press released Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps — commemorating StoryCorps’ decade of recording stories across the country.
After the broadcast, you can visit the Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special companion site to watch the program online for free, view video interviews with the founder of StoryCorps and the directors of the animated series, and read an excerpt from the new StoryCorps book, Ties That Bind.