David Isay

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including five Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including two StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love  and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps —both New York Times bestsellers. StoryCorps' newest book, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, features a collection of timeless love stories. 

David Isay appears in the following:

Talking Turkey Across Divides

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

David Isay helps you avoid Thanksgiving shouting matches.

StoryCorps Makes "One Small Step"

Thursday, October 18, 2018

StoryCorps founder David Isay discusses an exciting new project.

StoryCorps Has a Thanksgiving Assignment For You

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

StoryCorps is launching a national assignment called "The Great Thanksgiving Listen," in the hopes of doubling its archive with students' interviews of their family members.


WNYC Events

Meet @ WNYC: Get-Together With StoryCorps' Dave Isay

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

6:30 PM

Join Leonard Lopate for An Evening with Dave Isay, to discuss his new book, “All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps.” We’ll listen together to excerpts from the oral history project and talk to couples who participated and share your stories.

StoryCorps Launch Presser

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Press conference with David Isay, Dean Cappello from WNYC, Brian Andersson from the Department of Records and Information, Peggy Bulger of the American Folklife Center, and Studs. . .


Preservation, Stop Sign, Sacred Harp

Saturday, April 07, 2001

Kurt Andersen and award-winning radio producer David Isay talk about the art of preservation.


Preservation, Stop Sign, Sacred Harp

Saturday, February 03, 2001

We find out how a painter scooped a scientist in a major discovery about perception, and figure out why a stop sign has eight sides. And Kurt Andersen talks with radio producer David Isay about the art of preservation, with stories about rescuing sacred music and restoring modern sculpture made ...

Election to the Supreme Court; Mexico's New President; Subway Ads; David Blaine; Museum Blockbusters; Beatles Anthology; UK Religious Broadcasting; Julius Knipl

Friday, December 01, 2000

The Election in the Supreme Court and all you need to know about NYC subway advertising.


Third Debate; Gender Gap; Middle East Coverage; Soldier of Fortune; Children's Poll; Vince Canby Obit; Corporate Presidents; Julius Knipl

Friday, October 20, 2000

Can George W. Bush bridge the gender gap? Are there too many "presidents" in the boardroom? Remembering Vincent Canby


Debates; Free Air Time; The Living Room Candidate; Word Watch; Adlai Stevenson; Middle East Eruptions; The Contender; Goodbye Fairness Doctrine

Friday, October 13, 2000

Feeling ignored? Then you're not an undecided voter in a swing state. Word Watch wonders: Did you ever wonder what a "lame duck" feels?


SAG Strike; Commercials; Word Watch; The Patriot; Film Shorts; PC Expo; American Orientalism; Internet in China; Julius Knipl

Friday, June 30, 2000

When you're typecast as the "Please don't squeeze the Charmin" guy, you live off the residuals. When the industry wants to stop paying residuals, you go on strike.