Oral History Documentary

We treated each oral history as an historical document, taking into account each narrator’s particular social position and how that might affect her memories. We also considered how our own point of view influenced the kind of information we received and the way in which was interpreted a narrator’s story.
— Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy & Madeline D. Davis

The film highlights NPR's first and only historian - Julie Rogers. Seeing her day-to-day work reminds us why oral history is important and why it matters to people beyond NPR. An oral history isn't a magazine or podcast or a TV segment, and it isn't quickly consumed. Often, an oral history is long and slow and demands a radical listening from its audience. The film follows the lives of two oral historians who are passionate about their profession.

Dedicated to NPR oral history: " In order to understand the past, we need to listen to as many voices as possible."