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These are the most frequently asked questions we receive about conducting a StoryCorps interview. You may also want to see StoryCorp's StoryCorps FAQ, which has answers to questions about StoryCorps as an organization.

How long is a StoryCorps interview session?

The recorded interview itself is forty minutes. The whole process takes about an hour.

Will anybody be there to help me with the interview?

There will be a Facilitator there to walk you through the interview process and to handle all the technical aspects of the recording.

How many people can I bring to my StoryCorps interview?

A two-person interview is ideal: you and your storyteller. A trained facilitator will be in the booth with you as well. It is possible to fit an additional participant in the booth, but interviews between two people tend to work best.

How early should I arrive?

Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes before your scheduled interview time.

What should I bring? What should I do to prepare?

Bring a list of questions with you. (See the Sample Questions for HFES.) You may also want to bring a bottle of water.

Can I come alone?

StoryCorps interviews are designed to be conversations between people who are part of each others' lives, so we ask that you bring a partner.

Who are the Facilitators?

They are all good, thoughtful listeners who come from varied backgrounds, though they are not trained or licensed therapists.

Can I read something during my recording?

If you have something short to read, like a poem, that's fine. But, in general, StoryCorps interviews are designed to be conversations, so the recording should be unscripted.