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Update #5

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The team at Kickstarter put together quite a blog post on what we are trying to do @ Blank on Blank. To that we say: thank you. Words sometimes mean more than $$ ever can. UPDATE: We're $1,800 away from our goal with 4 days to go.

http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/untold-stories-blank-on-blank-comes-to-life

When conducting an interview, one can't help but wonder: "What if this doesn't get published?" Surprisingly, or, perhaps not so much, the likelihood of an entire interview being printed is pretty slim. As a writer, this hurts. It hurts even more when you know there is something juicier, something more real lying beneath the surface. It's even worse when you've already transcribed it, aka, listened, and re-listened, and re-listened to yourself sounding stupid on the tape recording.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Conversations don't need to end up on the cutting room floor, or in a shoebox of old tapes, or on a dusty harddrive. Blank on Blank, a new initiative to take shelved interviews and bring them to life, exists so that these special encounters and chance anecdotes stay in the old shoebox, but as vivid moments online for all to witness. As they describe it, Blank on Blank is "part This American Life, part TED, and part Library of Congress." A few of their already available pieces, like Brian Raftery's interview with Thom Yorke (above), drive the concept home.

YouTube's Hunter Walk recently took to his blog to talk about the project, and the importance of recording history, especially in a world where new events are happening every milli-second. Walk notes, "In a realtime world, archives are undervalued. That's to say, we get so obsessed with what's happening now, that's there's actually a lot of great content which didn't find it's maximum audience but isn't getting surfaced in our social newsfeeds." And such is the wonder behind Blank on Blank — it forces you, as a viewer, to stop what you are doing, listen to what is being said and digest it with mental clarity. The stories it shares urge you to think critically about their content. These stories are not scanable headlines, anecdotal bits, or click-bait tweets, nor can be they be summed up in a simple 'Like.' Rather, they shed light on the beautiful minutia that make life worth living. As David Roth put it in The Classical yesterday, "a world with Blank on Blank in it seems a lot more interesting than one without it." Just like a world with stories is a lot better than a world without them.

So join in, submit your old tapes today and ensure Blank on Blank is as vital an archive of unexplored interviews as one could ask for.

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    Three is the magic number. Yes, it is. A journalist's must-hear interview + your donation + our audio/video maestros = Sweet sounds. Thanks for the love!

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    You're helping cover the costs to produce the Blank on Blank podcast, radio & video series. So keep cool and caffeinated this summer with the best cold brew iced coffee recipe. Plus get shout-outs on the Blank on Blank Facebook and Twitter pages and have your name listed on our website. You'll also get our newsletter and be the first to know when new interviews come out.

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    Read up: receive a signed copy of a rad book by a Blank on Blank contributor. We're talking James Sullivan's biographies of James Brown and George Carlin. Jane Borden's hilarious book about a Southern girl's move to NYC. Josh Baron tackles the concert industry in Ticket Masters. They're all perfect for the beach. This + the booty above.

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    Learn the art of the interview. What do you ask when you sit down with Hollywood's best, comedic geniuses, world famous rock stars, or a reluctant storyteller? Meet some of our top contributors who have seen and heard it all. This and the loot above.

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    Create your very own Blank on Blank. We’ll interview you or someone you know who has a story that must be heard. Now this would be a really cool gift and way to save a precious memory. We'll polish it with music and smart storytelling—Blank on Blank-style. We love to interview and will make sure it sounds sweet.

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