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Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

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Encore Broadcast Date: February 7, 2014

PBS Premiere: November 28, 2013


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 will release Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps — commemorating StoryCorps' decade of recording stories across the country.

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Film Information

Listening Is an Act of Love (30 min.)

Premiere Date: November 28, 2013

Encore Broadcast Date: Feb. 7, 2014

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmakers: Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Mike Rauch
Mike Rauch
Tim Rauch
Tim Rauch

Critical Acclaim

In the soundproof recording studio . . . thousands of everyday people have talked about their hopes, fears, regrets, triumphs.”

— Brian Stelter, The New York Times

Culled from a decade of gathering and recording intimate tales from across the country. . . . Every story is so different: the arc, the voice, the feeling of each tale. . . . So many of us don't take the time to share the stories of our lives, even with the people who are closest to us.”

— Bonnie Tsui, The Atlantic

Few things you'll watch on TV today will tend to bring the family closer. Best Bet.”

— Dave Bianculli, TV Worth Watching

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