David Isay

David Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps.

Over the course of his career he's won almost every award in broadcasting, including four Peabody Awards and two Robert F. Kennedy Awards. Isay has also received the Prix Italia, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author (or co-author) of three books based on Sound Portraits radio stories -- Holding On, Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, and Flophouse -- as well as Listening Is an Act of Love, a collection of StoryCorps stories.


Times Square teems with people -- hardened New Yorkers and wide-eyed tourists, commuters and shoppers, theater-goers and merchants, prostitutes and policemen.

This hour: whether it is a mob of millions or one single voice, nothing changes unless someone stands up and says, "No more."

This hour: To do lists, compulsive lists, data lists, lists in literature and a list of firsts.

This hour: From the highest fresh water lake in the world to one of the lowest spots on the bowery, we bring you stories of nomadic cultures, peoples and spirits.

Ghetto Life 101

In 1993, LeAlan Jones (age 13) and Lloyd Newman (age 14) collaborated with public radio producer David Isay to create an audio diary of life on Chicago's South Side.


Everyday Voices

David Isay and Alex Kotlowitz both try to discover extraordinary stories in "ordinary people."

Leave No Trace

There's a slip of paper hanging in Dave Isay's office at StoryCorps with a quote scrawled across it: "A good craftsman leaves no traces."

Ear to Ear

David Isay and Dan Collison play excerpts of their radio documentary work and discuss specific challenges, triumphs, and surprises encountered while producing various stories.