WSU Cougar Head Logo Washington State University
WSU Insider
News and Information for Faculty, Staff, and the WSU Community

Oral history project rolls into town

StoryCorps, a national initiative to document everyday history and the unique stories of America, will arrive on the Palouse Thursday, Aug., 25. Washington State University’s Northwest Public Radio will host the effort to collect the stories of area residents.

StoryCorps is the largest oral history project ever undertaken, with more than 2,000 stories already collected from the project’s first year and plans to collect more than 250,000 interviews over the next decade. Find out more at

“This project will provide a valuable historic archive for the people of the Palouse,” said Northwest Public Radio Manager Roger Johnson. “This is a rich region: rich in history, community and landscape. We’re not surprised it was selected from thousands of places around the country.”

Northwest Public Radio will air a selection of the local stories and create special programs around the project. Selected segments recorded in other StoryCorps locations already are airing nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth, contained in a specially outfitted Airstream trailer, will be parked on Main Street in Moscow near Friendship Square until Sept. 5.

People participate in pairs and one interviews the other. A trained facilitator guides participants through the interview process and handles technical aspects of the recording. At the end of a 40-minute session, participants walk away with a CD of their interview.

With their permission, copies will be archived at Latah and Whitman county historical societies and at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Next Story

Recent News

WSU Core-to-Career program announces members of third cohort

Twenty-one Washington State University faculty have been named as the newest members of the Core-to-Career professional development program that impacts undergradutes’ career readiness.

Sharing American political and judicial expertise overseas

Recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award for a three-week visit to Slovakia, WSU’s Cornell Clayton held a series of lectures for graduate and undergraduate students focusing on contemporary American politics.

College of Education appoints Eric Johnson as associate dean

Eric Johnson, an English language learners professor, will begin his two-year term on Aug. 16 and will focus heavily on faculty and staff professional development aimed at fostering an inclusive and equitable educational environment within the college.

WSU lab joins network identifying new pathogens

As part of the $1.7 billion Pathogen Genomics Center of Excellence, the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory will play a key role preventing the spread of disease-causing pathogens, including new COVID-19 variants.

Find More News

Subscribe for more updates