Hearing with the Heart

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Since 2003, StoryCorps has recorded the life stories of ordinary Americans, some of which are collected for a new book and cd, Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project (Penguin, 2007). Dave Isay, public radio producer and the founder of StoryCorps and its parent company Sound Portraits, is joined by participants Mary Caplan and Ronald Ruiz to play excerpts from some of the stories and talk about the project.

Listening Is an Act of Love is available for purchase at


Mary Caplan, Dave Isay and Ronald Ruiz

Comments [3]

Juan Sotomayor

What a pleasant surprise to come across these wonderful wonderful stories, that touch the heart, and show what in life is really important. I am a bus driver and was privileged to have worked with Ronald Ruiz.

Nov. 10 2007 10:19 AM
Barbara Ryan from Westchester, NY

Story Corps is an inspired project, thank you for bringing it to us. We don't object enough to media abuse and the empty stories we endure.We have gotten use to this artificial world. Then all of sudden, you realize that something is real; you smell an apple that actually smells like an apple, and then you cry, because you have no idea how it came to be that this would surprise you.

Nov. 08 2007 09:30 PM

I don't think I've ever listened to a StoryCorps story that hasn't moved me in some way. In a way, it reminds me of the Works Progress Administration's project of the late 1930s in which writers and journalists went throughout the South recording the narratives of ex-slaves.

Nov. 08 2007 10:06 AM

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