David Isay and Dan Collison play excerpts of their radio documentary work and discuss specific challenges, triumphs, and surprises encountered while producing various stories.
Together with his life and radio partner Elizabeth Meister, Dan Collison produces audio documentaries and song/stories that detail everyday life in America, work that has consistently garnered radio’s top awards. Collison began as a volunteer at a “new wave” radio station in California, eventually ending up as senior producer/editor at All Things Considered Weekend. He founded Long Haul Productions in 1995. He teaches radio workshops, has contributed to books, and was recently named a United States Artists Donnelley Fellow.
David Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps. Over the course of his career he's won almost every award in broadcasting, including four Peabody Awards and two Robert F. Kennedy Awards. Isay has also received the Prix Italia, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author (or co-author) of three books based on Sound Portraits radio stories -- Holding On, Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, and Flophouse -- as well as Listening Is an Act of Love, a collection of StoryCorps stories.