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Today, as StoryCorps Returns to Tulsa, We Hear from Dave Isay, the Organization's Founder

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Aired on Thursday, October 16th.

The StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth has returned to Tulsa; it will be parked at the Guthrie Green in Downtown Tulsa from today (Thursday the 16th) through November 15th. How does it work, you ask? Well, people come in pairs to interview family members, friends, mentors, and loved ones; StoryCorps is all about everyday people sitting down together to ask or answer life's important questions. It's a vast and far-flung oral history project like no other; after all StoryCorps interviews are completed, the recordings are archived at the Library of Congress for generations to come. It's also a special public-radio endeavor that's been a popular feature on NPR's Morning Edition for years now. On this edition of ST, we listen back to a 2008 interview that we did with Dave Isay, the creator/founder of StoryCorps. At that time, the organization has been around for about five years -- and the StoryCorps Mobile Booth was parked in Downtown Tulsa for the very first time, and Isay himself was promoting a book of StoryCorps dialogues titled "Listening Is An Act Of Love" (which had just come out in paperback). To learn more about StoryCorps, or more about its presence in our community -- and to make your own reservation to conduct a free, unforgettable, and forty-minute interview with someone you hold dear -- please go here.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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