StoryCorps Launches New West Coast Location at the San Francisco Public Library

Contact: StoryCorps Press Desk 646-723-7020 ext. 75, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia, will record inaugural interview with an early Airbnb employee

  February 14, 2014—StoryCorps, the national oral history organization, will call the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) its new home in the Bay Area, with Airbnb as its lead sponsor. Airbnb is the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. To date, StoryCorps has the largest single collection of voices ever gathered, from nearly 90,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Who:
  • StoryCorps, Airbnb, San Francisco Public Library, KQED, KALW
  • Friday, 2/21 at 10:00am PST
  • Opening of StoryCorps' brand new location at the San Francisco Public Library; inaugural interview by Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia and an early Airbnb employee about starting the company in San Francisco.  Representatives from StoryCorps, San Francisco Public Library, KQED, and KALW will also be in attendance.
  • San Francisco Public Library
    • 100 Larkin Street
    • 6th floor, Skylight Gallery
Why: In partnership with SFPL and Airbnb, StoryCorps in San Francisco will give residents the opportunity to record and archive their unique and powerful stories. StoryCorps housed a booth in San Francisco from October 2008 to January 2014 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and collected more than 3,000 interviews. With this new location, StoryCorps will redouble its effort to honor and celebrate stories from residents of the Bay Area. Local public radio station KALW will continue to be StoryCorps in San Francisco’s broadcast partner, and KQED will join as a media sponsor. StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a CD copy of their interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Segments of select interviews air on local public radio and may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. General Press Guidelines
  • Cameras will be allowed in the StoryBooth before interviews begin. Photographs and video can be shot from outside the window during interviews.
  • Press can listen to interviews with wireless headphones from outside the booth (when available).
Press may be able to interview some participants before and after their StoryCorps interviews.
February 19, 2014