Encore Broadcast Date: February 7, 2014
PBS Premiere: November 28, 2013
Online: Jan. 14, 2014 – Nov. 28, 2017
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.
Listening Is an Act of Love (30 min.)
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