Fri., November 23, 2012 6:42am (EST)

Isay: Thank Military By Listening Today
By Joshua Stewart
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Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Story Corp founder Dave Isay says listening is the most precious gift we can give the people who matter to us. And on this fifth annual National Day of Listening, Isay encourages us to talk to a veteran, active-duty service member or military family about their lives. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/spenceke/4813415054/>Katie Spence via Flickr.</a>)
Story Corp founder Dave Isay says listening is the most precious gift we can give the people who matter to us. And on this fifth annual National Day of Listening, Isay encourages us to talk to a veteran, active-duty service member or military family about their lives. (Photo Courtesy of Katie Spence via Flickr.)
The oral-history project StoryCorps is asking each of us to bow out of traditional Black Friday consumerism and think about a different kind of gift Friday: time and curiosity.

It’s StoryCorps’ fifth annual National Day of Listening, where you take an hour and record an interview with someone important to you or a retired or active-duty service member. You can use whatever’s handy – your computer, smart phone or tape recorder. (You can even record right through your Web browser.)

Founder Dave Isay talks about why this year’s event is spotlighting the military.