Dave Isay

"We are surrounded by so much phoniness that when you hear something authentic it cuts to the heart."

Dave Isay is one of the most trusted and respected broadcasters working today. The recipient of four Peabody Awards, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the $1 Million TED prize, his work taps into the heart and soul of the human experience. He is an author, documentarian, and founder of StoryCorps.

Dave’s work is held in the highest regard and continues to garner acclaim. Since its inception in 2003, he and the StoryCorps team have worked tirelessly to record history as it is told by the unsung masses. 50,000 interviews have been archived and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Upon receiving the TED prize, Dave proclaimed his vision for StoryCorps:"to help create a world where we listen closely to each other and recognize the beauty, grace, and poetry in the lives and stories we find all around us." Dave and StoryCorps are helping to preserve the wisdom and knowledge of humanity by recording history one conversation at a time.

Dave has numerous books lauded as New York Times Bestsellers, including Listening Is an Act of Love, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, and Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Weekly, millions of listeners experience these stories on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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