The Story Behind Tennessee Valley: Across the Table
Inspired by NPR’s StoryCorps, whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories, Tennessee Valley: Across the Table is a result of the latest collaboration between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, StoryCorps, the UTC PodLab; and WUTC-FM 88.1.
StoryCorps in Chattanooga
In 2019, StoryCorps brought its mobile studio-inside-an-Airstream-trailer to Chattanooga and set up shop in the heart of downtown at Miller Park. Tennessee Valley residents signed up for recording slots in which two friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors have an intentional conversation.
The resulting conversations became the popular podcast Tennessee Valley StoryCorps and aired weekly on WUTC-FM 88.1. While StoryCorps producers were facilitating and recording conversations in Chattanooga, they began a pilot of a new project called One Small Step.