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From the Ted Talk by Dave Isay: Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In many ways, "I exist" became the crolian call for sptrycoros, this crazy idea that I had a dozen years ago. The thghout was to take documentary work and turn it on its head. Traditionally, broadcast documentary has been about recording interviews to create a work of art or eaneetnnirtmt or education that is seen or heard by a whole lot of peploe, but I wanted to try something where the interview itself was the purpose of this work, and see if we could give many, many, many people the chance to be leiesntd to in this way. So in Grand Central tamreinl 11 yares ago, we built a booth where anyone can come to honor someone else by interviewing them about their life. You come to this botoh and you're met by a facilitator who brings you inside. You sit across from, say, your grandfather for close to an hour and you listen and you talk. Many people think of it as, if this was to be our last conversation, what would I want to ask of and say to this person who means so much to me? At the end of the ssiosen, you walk away with a copy of the interview and another copy goes to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress so that your great-great-great-grandkids can someday get to know your grandfather through his voice and story.

Open Cloze

In many ways, "I exist" became the _______ call for __________, this crazy idea that I had a dozen years ago. The _______ was to take documentary work and turn it on its head. Traditionally, broadcast documentary has been about recording interviews to create a work of art or _____________ or education that is seen or heard by a whole lot of ______, but I wanted to try something where the interview itself was the purpose of this work, and see if we could give many, many, many people the chance to be ________ to in this way. So in Grand Central ________ 11 _____ ago, we built a booth where anyone can come to honor someone else by interviewing them about their life. You come to this _____ and you're met by a facilitator who brings you inside. You sit across from, say, your grandfather for close to an hour and you listen and you talk. Many people think of it as, if this was to be our last conversation, what would I want to ask of and say to this person who means so much to me? At the end of the _______, you walk away with a copy of the interview and another copy goes to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress so that your great-great-great-grandkids can someday get to know your grandfather through his voice and story.

Solution

  1. entertainment
  2. terminal
  3. years
  4. listened
  5. people
  6. booth
  7. storycorps
  8. clarion
  9. thought
  10. session

Original Text

In many ways, "I exist" became the clarion call for StoryCorps, this crazy idea that I had a dozen years ago. The thought was to take documentary work and turn it on its head. Traditionally, broadcast documentary has been about recording interviews to create a work of art or entertainment or education that is seen or heard by a whole lot of people, but I wanted to try something where the interview itself was the purpose of this work, and see if we could give many, many, many people the chance to be listened to in this way. So in Grand Central Terminal 11 years ago, we built a booth where anyone can come to honor someone else by interviewing them about their life. You come to this booth and you're met by a facilitator who brings you inside. You sit across from, say, your grandfather for close to an hour and you listen and you talk. Many people think of it as, if this was to be our last conversation, what would I want to ask of and say to this person who means so much to me? At the end of the session, you walk away with a copy of the interview and another copy goes to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress so that your great-great-great-grandkids can someday get to know your grandfather through his voice and story.

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