89.3 KPCC-FM Hosts StoryCorps During its 4-week Stay in Los Angeles as it Tours the U.S. to Capture Stories of Everyday Americans - Made Possible by the Capital Group Companies and County of Los Angeles Public Library

Monday, December 29, 2008 (Los Angeles) - StoryCorps, a national initiative to document everyday history and the unique stories of Americans, will arrive Monday, January 26, 2009 in Los Angeles to collect the stories of Southern California residents as part of its cross-country tour. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project in partnership with NPR and the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth -- an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio -- will be parked at East Los Angeles Library, part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, located at 4837 E. Third Street, for four weeks and will be open Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. StoryCorps plans to collect approximately 120 interviews during its stay in Los Angeles. A limited initial number of reservations will open to the public Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM (PST). Public reservation instructions will be announced on-air and at www.kpcc.org the week of January 12, 2009.

StoryCorps was created by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Dave Isay. This unprecedented project has traveled to every corner of America, instructing and inspiring individuals to record their stories in sound. StoryCorps is the largest multi-year oral history project ever undertaken. Since its launch in October 2003, StoryCorps' mobile and stationary recording studios have collected interviews in over 100 towns in 48 states -- over 20,000 stories in all.

In Los Angeles, StoryCorps is partnering with 89.3-FM KPCC, which is operated by Southern California Public Radio (SCPR). KPCC will air a selection of the stories collected in East Los Angeles and create special programs around the project. Selected segments may also air nationally on NPR's Morning Edition.

"Southern California's entire economy is built upon telling stories," said Bill Davis, President of Southern California Public Radio. "Many of the most interesting and compelling stories come from East Los Angeles, the place where the most recent wave of immigrants settle. Unfortunately, most of these stories are told only in their native tongue and are only shared with family and friends. Working with StoryCorps, we'll be able to share these with a much wider audience."

At the MobileBooth, interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and handles the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of a 40-minute session, the participants walk away with a CD of their interview. With their permission, a second copy becomes part of an archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

"As StoryCorps has traveled across the country, we've seen the profound effect it has had not only on the lives of those who have participated in the project, but also on the millions who have heard them each week on NPR," said Isay. "We are so proud to continue our mission to teach people to become better listeners, foster intergenerational communication among families and communities, and help Americans appreciate the strength in the stories of everyday people they find all around them."

Individuals can visit www.StoryCorps.net to make interview reservations, listen to stories, and learn how they can support StoryCorps' mission to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening.

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About Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KPCV in the Coachella Valley. Reaching more than a 600,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California and serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR's flagship station, KPCC, has garnered over 200 journalistic honors including 3 Distinguished Radio Journalist awards (from the Greater LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and the 2008 top honor for Breaking News from the LA Press Club. SCPR also features signature public radio programs from American Public Media, the BBC and Public Radio International. Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live web stream at www.scpr.org.

About StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to the award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. Select stories have also been published in the New York Times bestselling book, Listening Is an Act of Love (Penguin Press). StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans. Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). For more information, visit www.storycorps.net.

About The Capital Group Companies

The companies within the Capital Group are among the most respected investment organizations in the world. The organization is the home of American Funds, one of the largest mutual fund families in the United States. Other companies in the organization independently manage assets for institutions and high-net-worth individuals. The Capital Group employs more than 9,000 associates working in 21 offices around the globe. For more information, visit www.capgroup.com.

About the County of Los Angeles Public Library

The County of Los Angeles Public Library provides library service to over 3.5 million residents living in unincorporated areas and to residents of 51 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County. The service area extends over 3,000 square miles. Supplementing the 7.7 million volume book collection, the Library also offers magazines, newspapers, microfilm, government publications and many specialized reference materials including online database searching. For more information, visit www.colapublib.org.

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KPCV in the Coachella Valley. Reaching more than a 600,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California and serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR's flagship station, KPCC, has garnered over 200 journalistic honors including 3 Distinguished Radio Journalist awards (from the Greater LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and the 2008 top honor for Breaking News from the LA Press Club. SCPR also features signature public radio programs from American Public Media, the BBC and Public Radio International. Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live web stream at www.scpr.org.

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