Oral History and Folklife Research has collaborated with CoLab Arts in New Brunswick, NJ to produce a series of podcasts titled 37 Voices from interviews focusing on economic insecurity.The initiative’s new web platform, http://www.37voices.com, features an interview archive that will be regularly updated and will ultimately include interviews with thirty-seven residents of Middlesex and Essex Counties, all of whom have wrestled with economic insecurity.
“Economic insecurity is one of the most urgent social issues facing our communities today,” said Mike Rispoli, News Voices director for Free Press. “We need to find new ways to lift up the stories of those impacted, and examine the underlying policies that enable poverty. Journalism can play a big role in doing that, and must do more to portray people in a humane and multi-dimensional way. That’s why 37 Voices is so exciting.”
Lead project partner organizations include the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, The Feeding New Brunswick Network, Newest Americans, NJ Spark and Oral History and Folklife Research.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided project grant funding.