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StoryCorps Is Here In The Valley – Here's How They Produce Such Poignant Interviews

Kerry Klein
Storycorps site manager Ava Ahmadbeigi speaks during the Fresno launch event for the mobile recording booth on February 12, 2020.

If you’re a regular NPR listener, you probably know StoryCorps. It’s a weekly radio show that produces uniquely poignant, intimate interviews. “The summary that I always give participants is that we’re a non-profit that travels the country and collects people’s stories as part of adding to this oral history that we have,” says Ava Ahmadbeigi, site manager for the organization’s mobile storytelling booth.

In partnership with FM89, StoryCorps will be camping out – literally – in the San Joaquin Valley for the next six weeks to collect your unique experiences. In this interview, Ahmadbeigi peels back the curtain on the StoryCorps oral history process with FM89’s Kerry Klein, beginning by playing a favorite show segment.

The StoryCorps Airstream will be located in Fresno and Bakersfield until March 20. If you have a story you want to share, you can sign up for an in-person interview online, or you can contribute through the StoryCorps mobile app.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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