Before he founded StoryCorps, Dave Isay produced radio through Sound Portraits Productions, one of his previous production companies. Created in 1994, Sound Portraits was a mission-driven organization dedicated to telling stories that brought neglected American voices to a national audience. One of the ongoing Sound Portraits series was “American Talkers” — a collection of short audio documentaries featuring interesting individuals.
This podcast is the final episode in a series of three featuring classic “American Talkers” radio stories. StoryCorps archives interviews at the Library of Congress, an idea that originated while Dave Isay was producing his “American Talkers” stories. In this final episode of our series, voices from the past, including a fish crier, Woody Guthrie, and even a former slave.
Listen to StoryCorps 511: American Talkers, Part 1 and StoryCorps 512: American Talkers, Part 2.
Released September 26, 2017.