David Isay

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David Isay
Born David Avram Isay
(1966-12-05) December 5, 1966 (age 47)
New Haven, Connecticut
Nationality USA

David Isay (born 5 December 1966) is an American radio producer and founder of Sound Portraits Productions.[1] He is also the founder of StoryCorps, an ongoing oral history project.[2]


David Isay grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and Manhattan, New York. He is the son of the psychiatrist, Richard Isay.[3] He graduated from New York University in 1987.[4]

Isay produced a wide variety of programs for NPR, including Yiddish Radio Project with Henry Sapoznik, salvaging recordings of Victor Packer.[5] He also produced "The Execution Tapes", nineteen recordings of the 23 electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984.[6]

In 2003 Isay set up an oral history recording booth at Grand Central Station, in New York City.[7]




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