Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work
I am thankful every single day that I was lucky enough to find my calling as a young man. I was twenty-two years old, headed to medical school, when I fell into public radio completely by accident. The moment I pressed the button on the tape recorder to begin my first interview, I had an overwhelming sense that I had found what I was going to do for the rest of my life. -Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps
Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, is a two-CD set featuring almost two hours of unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.
This CD includes exclusive audio interviews with StoryCorps participants in careers ranging from gardener to forensic scientist, as well as an insider’s view of the heroic work at the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline and segments originally broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Comprised of 21 stories, the Callings CD also includes “Witness to an Execution,” Dave Isay and Stacy Abramson’s Peabody Award-winning documentary about the men and women who oversee the execution of death row inmates at the “Walls Unit” in Huntsville, Texas.
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StoryCorps OutLoud records and preserves the voices of LGBT individuals, their families, and their friends in order to recognize the profound historical importance of the LGBT community’s stories. The project seeks out young people, minorities, and those who lived before the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village—an event that helped launch the modern gay civil rights movement.
By honoring those who lived before the 1969 uprisings, and celebrating later generations of LGBT individuals, this diverse collection of stories amplifies the voices of those most often excluded from the historical record.
OutLoud is a three-year project launched on June 28, 2015, the 45th Anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn. It was undertaken in memory of StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s father, psychiatrist Dr. Richard Isay. Professionally credited with helping persuade the mental health community that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, Dr. Isay was himself a closeted gay man until he came out to his son at the age of 52. In 2011, he married his partner of 31 years, Gordon Harrell, and passed away suddenly on June 28, 2012, from cancer.