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Capturing Americana with cool animation

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit oral history organization. Their mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The Rauch Brothers are animators who have created an animated series of short films using some of the StoryCorps stories. They’re bring to (animated) life some of the stories collected by StoryCorp. They were recently written up in the Shoot Fall Directors issue, and the short animations are quite nice. Matching these real stories (everything from 9/11 to Asperger’s Syndrome to Immigrants to a Love Story) to animation has given the art of Oral History a new and interesting face. Check out all the animations here.