ASSIGNMENT - The Interview

Everyone has a story to tell. You just have to ask the right questions. Personal stories can be interesting, funny, sometimes sad, and often quite powerful. Listen to this example from the NPR StoryCorps project. It's called...

A Grandmother Who Lived By The Rules - Her Own
TASK: Interview a friend or family member.

  1. Select a friend or family member to interview. Find someone who has an interesting story to tell. Parents or grandparents are great resources. There's a good chance they've got some stories they've never told you.
  2. Pick 3 or 4 questions to ask. Don't ask "yes or no" questions. Use words like "describe" or "tell me about". A good place to look for great question ideas is the StoryCorps Great Question web site ( )
  3. Set up the interview. Make an appointment and pick a time and place that works for both of you. Ideally, you want 10-15 minutes of time in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted.
  4. Record the interview. Review the TIPS FOR RECORDING video for advice on how to record.
  5. Edit the interview. Look at the HOW TO EDIT YOUR RECORDING video below. Cut out long empty pauses, or places where you stumbled over words. Adjust audio levels so both your voices are equally loud and clear. Be sure to save it as an Audacity file so you can go back and make changes if necessary.
  6. Export your podcast as an MP3 file. Look at the EXPORTING YOUR PODCAST video below to learn how to do this.

VIDEO: How to Edit Your Recording

VIDEO: Exporting Your Podcast