7 StoryCorps stories that Dave Isay just can’t get out of his head

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StoryCorps-3-up StoryCorps brings together individuals for in-depth interviews. Some of Dave Isay’s favorite pairings: (from left) Kirk and Ryan Sharp, a father and his veteran son; Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel, a mother and the man who murdered her child; Lyle Link and Carly Dreher, grandfather and granddaughter. Photo: StoryCorps

I can’t tell you how completely shocked I am to win the TED Prize. For those of you who haven’t heard of StoryCorps, it’s a Brooklyn-based nonprofit I founded 11 years ago that, so far, has given 100,000 Americans the chance to record audio interviews about their lives. Participating in StoryCorps couldn’t be easier: you invite a loved one (or, really, anyone you choose) to a StoryCorps recording site. A trained facilitator greets you and explains the interview process. You’re then brought into a quiet recording room and seated across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,” and you share a…

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