Jim Metzner has traveled far and wide to record sounds of the world and share them with listeners. The Library of Congress will preserve thousands of tapes and other items dating back to the 1970s.
This year’s contributions include stories from mail carriers in Appalachia and healthcare workers in the Hudson River Valley. Wisniewski’s recordings will be the first from Alaska.
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is visiting Juneau as part of a national tour to rural communities in Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Louisiana.