Best Place to Air Family Secrets (2008)


Studs Terkel may prefer Chicago, but everyone knows that New Yorkers have the best goddamn stories on the planet. Witness the STORYCORPS BOOTH at Grand Central Terminal: Since opening in October of 2003, the booth has recorded over 3,000 stories, both charming (a 91-year-old man tells about flirting with the hostesses at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in the late '20s) and poignant (a woman recounts a deathbed conversation with her father, an Auschwitz survivor). For $10, you and a family member have the option to add to the collection, which is on its way to the Library of Congress. You'll leave with a broadcast-quality recording and maybe even a little catharsis. Hey, confession culture isn't all bad.


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