StoryCorps Spotlights Lexington's Smoking Ban

Jul 2, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - StoryCorps, a nonprofit that collects oral histories for air on public radio and for archive in the Library of Congress, wrapped up a three day visit to Lexington Tuesday.

"It's a 40 minute conversation. There's an introductory card that just introduces your voice to the audio..." StoryCorps facilitator Jorge Rojas explains as he leads two participants to their seats in front of a pair of microphones.

The organization is in town gathering thoughts about the passage of Lexington’s now decade-old smoking ban. John White, another facilitator, says the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy invited the group back to Lexington.

"It's great to be on the forefront of this particular issue and reaching out and meeting a community that's faced it, has decided that they want to address this public health issue, and has done so successfully," he says.

All in all, the group collected 18 interviews with 36 participants.

While White says interviews generally have about a 1 percent chance of making it into the organization’s weekly feature on NPR’s Morning Edition, WUKY does plan to air excerpts from this StoryCorps visit in the future.