Earlier this week Editor-in-Chief Hannah Tinti recorded a short audio piece for the upcoming issue of NEARTS about how One Story functions. In 2005 the NEA launched the nation’s largest reading program, The Big Read. TBR is like a one-town / one-book program where, for one month, an entire city designs their own original programming in order to encourage that city to read whatever book they selected. Now, as part of the program, they are recording half-hour long audio documentaries all about great books. Each program discusses one book, and includes discussion on the book and author, readings by a famous actor, and accompanying music. Download the podcasts on iTunes, or subscribe to them via The Big Read site.
Some past shows include Ed Harris reading from Grapes of Wrath and Mary Louise Parker reading from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. The Big Read was designed to curtail the decline of reading among Americans, and revive reading as both a pasttime and a means of education. Along with these half-hour audio pieces, the program includes innovative readings across the country.