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KPR Presents: Quarantine Stories, Tell Us Your Story

How are YOU coping with the COVID pandemic? Whether you’re sheltering at home or an essential worker, Kansas Public Radio wants to hear from you! KPR is collecting your self-recorded stories of living through this challenging time, in partnership with the Kansas Historical Society, the Watkins Museum, the Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Public Library.

Are you afraid? What memories of this time do you think will stay with you? If the quarantine ended tomorrow, what’s the first thing you would do?

Using our topic suggestions, your own inspiration, or the Lawrence Arts Center's weekly writing prompt, record and send in an audio clip to be preserved by the Kansas Historical Society and the Watkins Museum and for possible use on KPR Presents, Kansas Public Radio’s public affairs program. 

What do I write about?
Whatever you'd like to write about! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • What is the toughest part of your day right now?
  • What's the biggest way your life has changed because of the pandemic?
  • What is homeschooling like for your child? For you?
  • Has the pandemic affected you financially?
  • Have you or a family member tested positive for COVID-19? What has that been like?

Want more ideas? 
Use the weekly writing prompts from the Lawrence Arts Center's "Dear Lawrence" project. What brings you hope each day? Has changing your daily routine improved your life in any unforeseen ways? In what ways are you staying creative?
Although the LAC's project is called "Dear Lawrence," we want to hear from KPR listeners in Topeka, Emporia, Manhattan, wherever you are!

Looking for even more ideas? Check out StoryCorps’ extensive list of questions.

How do I submit my recording?
Record a voice memo on your phone and e-mail it to Include your name and city in your recording. For the best audio quality, find a very quiet room (even a closet!), speak clearly and don't whisper. You might want to record two versions.

Looking for more tips on getting a good recording?

NOTE: If you're unable to record your Quarantine Story on your phone, we still want to hear from you! E-mail your story to; if your story is chosen, we can have your story read by KPR staff.

What else should I keep in mind?
Keep your Quarantine Story short (30 seconds to 2 minutes, less than 300 words). Focus on one question, be specific and make it personal.

How will my Quarantine Story be used?
By submitting your story, you agree to it being aired on KPR Presents, Kansas Public Radio’s public affairs program. It may be used by the Lawrence Arts Center as part of their "Dear Lawrence" project. It will be archived for future use by the Kansas Historical Society and the Watkins Museum for educational and archival purposes.* (see fine print below) Please note: this grants permission but does not guarantee that your submission will be broadcast on Kansas Public Radio.

Can I submit more than one Quarantine Story?
Absolutely! Please limit yourself to one topic per submission, though: we'd rather have three shorter submissions from you than one longer submission. (It's also more likely to be used on the air!)

Can I submit my Quarantine Story anonymously?
In order to be archived by the Kansas Historical Society and the Watkins Museum, we do need your name, town and e-mail address. However, if you would prefer we not use your name on the radio, please indicate that.

How else can I get involved?
The Watkins Museum is currently seeking your "Pandemic Photos." Feel free to use a submitted photo as inspiration for your KPR Quarantine Story, but avoid saying "in this picture" and keep in mind that our radio audience won't be looking at your photograph when they are listening to your story.

Still have questions?
Contact Kaye McIntyre at

*The fine print*
The Kansas Historical Society and Watkins Museum shall have the right to use all or any portion of the submission (“Work”) for educational and archival purposes. This includes the right to duplicate the recording of the work for physical preservation, the right to make the intellectual content of the Work accessible to any individual or entity that requests a copy for research purposes, the right to replay and/or rebroadcast all or any portion of the Work in all educational and cultural areas (museums, schools, libraries, etc.), as well as over the radio, television, and the internet, the right to incorporate such Work in CDs/DVDs, and subsequent editions, and the right to use all or any portion of the Work for promotional and other uses, including websites, advertising and news releases.

Other uses: Kansas Public Radio, the Lawrence Arts Center, the Kansas Historical Society, the Watkins Museum and the Lawrence Public Library may create or cause to be created literary, dramatic, speaking, stage, motion picture, photographic, radio, television or other adaptation of the submission of every and any kind of character, and may edit the recording of the Work, and/or combine all or any portion of the Work with the recordings of others for any and all purposes deemed reasonable and appropriate by Kansas Public Radio and its partner organizations.

I declare that I am eighteen (18) years or older and am legally competent to execute this release or that I have acquired the written consent of my parent or guardian. I understand the terms herein are contractual, that this instrument is legally binding and that I have voluntarily submitted the Work subject for the uses described above.

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