Find Connection with #TheGreatListen
Learn how participation in The Great Thanksgiving Listen can help foster connection in families.
The holidays offer us a chance to come together, at a time when community and connection are more important than ever. Watch some of our favorite animations celebrating the special stories that come from connecting with your family and loved ones from a different generation, and learn more about how to record your own #TheGreatListen story.
Madzimoyo Owusu, who grew up in the same three-story apartment building as her grandparents in Chicago’s West Side in the 1970s, remembers always feeling protected by her grandmother—even when they would just sit in silence. At StoryCorps, she opens up to her daughter, Johannah, about how her grandmother’s gentle, yet powerful, spirit left a lasting imprint on her life.
Kenneth Tan and his mother remember the remarkable life of his grandmother, whom he called Lola. She was born in the Philippines and survived the Japanese Occupation of World War II. After her father passed away, Lola, the youngest of four siblings, started working to support the family. Through all the hard times and hard work, Lola was a devoted and loving grandmother.
Caught in a thoughtless act of cruelty, a young man learns a lesson in compassion from his father, a larger-than-life tribal leader of the Caddo Nation and a veteran of World War II. Years later, the man passes that lesson down to his own son.
Growing up in her parents’ home in Queens, New York during the 1950s, Laura Greenberg says she didn’t know what normal behavior was. She remembers her family expressing love through hugging, cursing, and oversharing. At StoryCorps, Laura sits down with her daughter Rebecca to reflect on their unconventional love language.
Mary Othella Burnette and her daughter, Debora Hamilton Palmer, remember their family matriarch, Mary Stepp Burnette Hayden.
When Jeffrey Perri was nine years old, his grandfather, Tony Perri, came out to him as gay.
Read the full blog on StoryCorps here.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national movement that empowers young people— and people of all ages—to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the free StoryCorps App.
Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorpshas given more than 250,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future.