SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Inside a small trailer on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade some big conversations are being recorded forever.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit recording everyday conversations with Americans. They have been to every state and collected more than 80,000 interviews.

They are stationed in Santa Monica until February 7.


Participants may talk about anything, in any language.

At the end of each 40 minute session, participants get a copy of the interview while a digital file goes to the Library of Congress.

“It’s not uncommon for participants to come into the booth and cry while they’re having a conversation. That’s why we have Kleenexes for them, but I’ve also had circumstances where I’ve been crying recording these conversations,” said Ava Ahmadbeigi, the site manager for the StoryCorps Mobile Tour.

Some of the recordings will be broadcast. KCRW 89.9 FM is the NPR station licensed to Santa Monica College. KCRW will air a selection of the local interviews.

StoryCorps may also share snippets across the country through NPR.