Dave Isay shares his TED Prize wish: to take StoryCorps global with an app anyone can use

Check out the next, exciting steps for StoryCorps, one of the inspirations for the Just Sharing Fellowship. We certainly plan to participate!

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TED Prize winner Dave Isay speaks at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 5. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED TED Prize winner Dave Isay speaks at TED2015 – Truth and Dare, Session 5. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

“Tonight, I’m going to make the case that inviting a loved one, a friend or a stranger to record a meaningful interview might just turn out to be one of the most important moments in that person’s life — and in yours,” says Dave Isay of StoryCorps, stepping to the TED stage to accept the 2015 TED Prize in Session 5 of TED2015.

Isay begins his talk by telling his personal story. At 22, he says, he fell into radio journalism. His newfound calling helped him find a connection with his dad, who he — very unexpectedly — had just found out was gay. After his dad told him about the Stonewall Riots, Isay set out to interview everyone who had been in The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan in 1969, on the night credited with sparking the gay rights movement.

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