Preserve your family stories as a professional, private podcast.

Let our professional interviewers do the work.

How it works

Capturing family stories takes time.

Tales does it for you.

1

You select the interview topic(s).

Submit your own topics, or choose from our list of hundreds of questions and topics organized by time periods and life events.

3

You get a personal, private podcast to enjoy and share

We deliver the professionally edited podcast via a private, password-protected web page.

See a Publically Shared Example
2

We set up and conduct the interview remotely

We’ll work with you to make sure your loved one is prepared for the call technology-wise. After the call, we’ll professionally edit the conversation.

1

You select the interview topic(s).

Submit your own topics, or choose from our list of hundreds of questions and topics organized by time periods and life events.

2

We set up and conduct the interview remotely

We’ll work with you to make sure your loved one is prepared for the call technology-wise. After the call, we’ll professionally edit the conversation.

3

You get a personal, private podcast to enjoy and share

We deliver the professionally edited podcast via a private, password-protected web page.

See a Publically Shared Example

REVIEWS

Our customers tell it best.

"OMG I'm learning things I never knew about my dad in the first 30 seconds of hearing this! Thank you so much for making this happen!"

Mark Frauenfelder

Tales Customer

“I’ve tried to start writing my life story several times, but it’s too tedious. This was so much easier! All this nostalgia has tears in my eyes.”

Nettie Wise

Tales Customer

“There were moments in the interview that sparked her to pull from her memories that I don't think are written anywhere—invaluable!"

Jared Allred

Tales Customer

INSPIRATION

Samples of stories brought to life by Tales.

Roller Skating in SF
Life Event • Moving
Learning to Drive
Life Event • Education
First Date Bribe
Story • Funny
Getting a Schwinn
Memory • Joyful
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SEE FOR YOURSELF

Check out an example of the end product

Preserve stories like these.

CARL SANTORO’S TALE

A Collection of Carl’s Life Experiences

Full Episodes

EPISODE 1

Carl's Childhood

He shares everything from where he grew up, his earliest childhood memories, and his experiences visiting family in Louisiana and Mexico.

Publicly shared with permission only

EPISODE 2

Carl's Teenage Years

He covers everything from what a typical day was like for him as a teenager, how he learned to drive at the age of 14, and how he wrestled under other people's names after a catastrophic back injury.

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OUR PRICING

Save time by letting us do the work.

Don’t wait until family stories fade.

GREAT TO START

One Episode

$150

One interview
30 minutes of interview time
Professionally edited
Private, personal, & secure delivery
Curated musical overlay
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Multiple Episodes

$129

Per
Episode
Multiple interviews
30 minutes of interview time/episode
Professionally edited
Private, personal, & secure delivery
Curated musical overlay

THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME

Give the gift of timeless family stories.

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LEARN MORE

Review our frequently asked questions

What is Tales?

Tales is the easiest way to record your family's most important memories.

Our professional interviewers speak with your loved one (over the phone or over Zoom). Then that interview will be edited and polished and you will receive a professionally produced podcast episodes so that you'll have their stories forever.

Think of your favorite podcast or radio show (e.g., This American Life or Howard Stern).

Now imagine that focused on a person, relationship, or life event that matters to you.

That’s Tales.

Still not sure what it is? Have a listen to some of our sample Tales.

How does Tales work?

Tales interviews your loved one remotely over Zoom or over the phone, records the audio from that interview, professionally edits that audio, and delivers that audio to you as a personal, private podcast.

1. You select the interview topic(s).
Submit your own topics, or choose from our list of hundreds of questions and topics organized by time periods and life events.

2. We set up and conduct the interview remotely
We’ll work with you to make sure your loved one is prepared for the call technology-wise. After the call, we’ll professionally edit the conversation.

3. You get a personal, private podcast to enjoy and share
We deliver the professionally edited podcast via a private, password-protected web page.

How long is a Tales episode?

Each Tales interview generally lasts 30-35 minutes. That interview then gets edited down into a polished 20 minute episode.

Where are you located?

We are headquartered in Provo, Utah, but our team and network of interviewers are located all over the United States.

Who are these professional interviewers?

Our professional interviewers bring a wide range of experiences from public radio and hosts of popular podcasts to experienced family and marriage therapists.

Despite their differences in backgrounds, they all have a few things in common. They are all great listeners, empathetic, non-judgmental, and have a knack for storytelling and guiding an interview.

Can I purchase more than one Tale at a time?

Absolutely.

In fact, most Tales customers purchase more than one Tale at a time—especially if they are hoping to cover a lot of ground in their interviews.

For example, to capture a loved one's life story, we generally suggest purchasing at least three Tales episodes to be able to capture all of the important memories from someone's life.

Not sure about how many you should buy? No problem! Your dedicated Tales coordinator will work with you to determine how many episodes would be right for your specific situation.

How many Tales should I purchase?

It's hard to say because every situation is a bit different.

If you're not sure, please reach out to us at hello@tales.com and we would be happy to work with you to figure out what the right number is.

When will I receive my finished Tales episode(s)?

For Tales episodes involving one or two interviews, you can expect it to be ready within two weeks.

For Tales episodes involving three interviews, you can expect it to be ready within three weeks.

For episodes involving four or more interviews, your Tales coordinator will provide a timeline which will depend on the number of episodes and guests you would like to include in the process.

If you need your Tales episode sooner than the above timelines, get in touch with us at hello@tales.com and we will do our best to accommodate your timeline.

How will I receive my Tale?

We will send you a link to a private, easy-to-share webpage that has your Tale and a brief description of the episode.

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Who will hear my Tale?

That is up to you.

We find that Tales episodes are generally intended for sharing with close family and friends as this encourages participants to be more open in their interviews.

That being said, you are more than welcome to share your Tale more widely if that is something that you would like to do.

Who owns the Tale that I purchase?

At the moment, you can purchase Tales in English.

We plan on supporting additional languages in the coming months. If you would like to purchase a Tale in another language, please share that with us by emailing hello@tales.com. (We prioritize new languages based on customer demand, so please let us know which language you would most like us to support.)

What is included in the professional edit?

Each Tales episode is professionally edited, including sound mixing, a narrative introduction from the interviewer, and curated musical overlays.

What if I have trouble connecting with my interviewer?

If you have trouble connecting with your interviewer, please email us at hello@tales.com. Your coordinator will follow up immediately to help.

What exactly is the process?

Tales interviews your loved one remotely over Zoom or over the phone, records the audio from that interview, professionally edits that audio, and delivers that audio to you as a personal, private podcast.

1. Your Pre-interview Thoughts & Interview Scheduling

  • You will complete a brief pre-interview questionnaire which takes about 5 - 15 minutes to complete.
  • Your answers will provide the interviewer with helpful context also also get you thinking about what you would like to talk about.
  • At the end of the questionnaire you will be asked to schedule your interview at your convenience.

2. Your Interview

  • Your interview will be conducted over Zoom or over the phone, whichever is more convenient for you.
  • Allocate a 30 - 45 minute time block.
  • Find a quiet place with reliable cellular reception or internet connection to ensure sound quality.

3. The Final Product

  • Once the interviews making up this Tale are complete and edited, the person purchasing the Tale will receive an email with a link to the final product.
Who will hear my Tale?

Most Tales episodes are intended for close family and friends so that you can feel more comfortable opening up during the interview.

That said, if you would like to share your Tale with more people or on social media, you are welcome to do so!

How should I prepare for my interview?

Feel free to review your answers to your pre-interview questionnaire to jog your memory of what you will be speaking about.

Find a quiet place with reliable cellular reception or internet connection to ensure sound quality.

Have fun!

Can I get a copy of my Tale?

Yes. We make your Tales available to you for listening, downloading, or sharing with others through a dedicated webpage. Upon request, we can also provide you with the raw audio files making up your Tale. To make this request, please email us at hello@tales.com.

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