Published on April 19th, 2016 |


StoryCorps founder Dave Isay to speak at History Center

Dave Isay, founder of the StoryCorps oral history project, comes to the Atlanta History Center on Monday, April 25, to share “Callings,” the uncommon and inspiring stories of everyday people.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. It is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The History Center hosts the Franklin Miller Garrett Studio, making the Atlanta History Center only the second museum in the country to host a StoryCorps studio. Here, Atlanta residents and visitors are able to interview important people in their lives. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and with participant permission, is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Isay will present unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives. Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.

Isay is the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards, a MacArthur “Genius“ Fellowship, and the 2015 TED Prize. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including four books (all New York Times bestsellers): Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, and Ties That Bind. Isay is also an executive producer of StoryCorps Shorts, as seen on the PBS documentary series POV.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

To record your story for StoryCorps, visit the StoryCorps website or by calling StoryCorps at 800.850.4406.

Since 2009, StoryCorps has partnered with WABE 90.1 FM to air local stories collected through the project.  StoryCorps can be heard locally on WABE 90.1 FM on Tuesday, during Morning Edition at 7:35 AM or City Café, between 12:00 – 1:00 PM, or on the Friday Morning Edition between 6:00 – 7:00 AM and 8:00 – 9:00 AM.


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