Hansen says each interview is as different as the individual sharing it. Though what comes out on TV will be just minutes long, Hansen sometimes takes hours talking with a person to get those few minutes. He says, “Sometimes they’re just so compelling and they just go and go and go [with their story], and two hours later you’re exhausted. It makes it tough to cut it down.” In contrast, Hansen says that others are harder to draw out.
Hansen makes sure to point out that every interview ends up on the show. “If I claim that everybody has a story and I don’t use their interview, I’m a hypocrite. There goes all my credibility.”
Hansen’s goal for the series is this: “I want viewers to know that everybody they come across every day is exceptional and special and worth getting to know, and that includes the person in the mirror.”
“The Story Trek” is broadcast on BYUtv on Monday nights at 6 p.m. as well as other times during the week. All-new episodes begin airing July 8. BYUtv is on all large cable networks. All past episodes can be seen anytime online at byutv.org/thestorytrek.
Judy Fraser lives in Centerville, Utah.
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