NPR StoryCorps creator David Isay

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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

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