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NPR StoryCorps creator David Isay

10/19/05 12:00AM

David Isay, creator of NPR's StoryCorps project, recently spoke at the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Isay shared clips from his radio documentaries and talked about telling stories that bring neglected American voices to a national audience.

Following his presentation, Isay spoke with VPR further. Hear him...


Dave Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions. Over the past sixteen years his radio documentary and feature work has won almost every award in broadcasting including four Peabody Awards, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and two Livingston Awards for young journalists. Dave has also received the Prix Italia (Europe's oldest and most distinguished broadcasting honor), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994) and a MacArthur Fellowship (2000).

He is the author (or co-author) of four books based on Sound Portraits radio stories: Holding On (W.W. Norton & Co., 1995); Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago (Scribner, 1997); Flophouse (Random House, 2000); and Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones (W.W. Norton & Co., 2003).

Dave is also creator of the oral-history initiative StoryCorps, which launched in October 2003. StoryCorps is a national oral history project to instruct and inspire people to record each others' stories in sound. Its purpose is to help you interview your grandmother, your uncle, the lady who's worked at the luncheonette down the block for as long as you can remember—anyone whose story you want to hear and preserve.

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