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StoryCorps oral history project to launch global expansion with new app, $1 million TED Prize

  • StoryCorps founder Dave Isay demonstrates how to record a story using a smartphone app Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion of the StoryCorps project. After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    StoryCorps founder Dave Isay demonstrates how to record a story using a smartphone app Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion of the StoryCorps project. After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image made from a mobile device on Wednesday, March 2015 shows the opening screen of the new StoryCorps app. The smartphone app will help StoryCorps founder Dave Isay carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion of the StoryCorps, which has allowed people to record their voices and life stories for an oral history project. Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his project. (AP Photo)

    This image made from a mobile device on Wednesday, March 2015 shows the opening screen of the new StoryCorps app. The smartphone app will help StoryCorps founder Dave Isay carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion of the StoryCorps, which has allowed people to record their voices and life stories for an oral history project. Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his project. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global.

Project founder Dave Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion. On Wednesday, Isay is announcing the launch of a new StoryCorps smartphone app to help bring the oral history project to other countries. The app is launching as Isay's TED Talk is released publicly.

StoryCorps records interviews between two regular people to show everyone has a story and every life has value. One interview airs Fridays on NPR.

Isay tells The Associated Press his goal is to help people listen better and become more compassionate through human connections.