almeida writes "My grandfather passed away when I was in my early twenties, around the time that I was just learning to appreciate his humor, stories, history, and perspective. All four of my nine-month-old daughter's grandparents and one of her great grandparents are currently alive and well, but I'm afraid that they'll pass away before she has the same chance to really know them, interact with them as an adult, and learn from them. To help preserve part of our family history and to give her a chance to hear about them in their own words with their own voice, I have decided to record a series of interviews with some of the older members of our family. I want to ask about their childhoods, their relationships with their families, how they met their spouses, what my wife and I were like as children, how the world has changed in their lives, what they might have done differently in their lives, what advice they have for her, etc. After listening to many hours of NPR, I have come to really enjoy audio-only interviews and would like to take this approach with my interviews. So my questions for Slashdot are what type of recording equipment should I use? What type of environment will give the best quality? I want to balance audio quality with content quality. I think sitting around the kitchen table would make people more comfortable and more willing to talk than sitting in some kind of recording studio. How can I minimize background noises, echos, and static? I only want to hear the voices, the laughter and the sighs, and maybe some crying. What media should I use to store the recordings? I realize I'll have to do some editing to separate the good stuff from the boring parts. If anyone has done something like this before, what kind of ratio can I expect? What's the best way to edit something like this? What other questions should I ask? What would you want to know from your grandparents?"