StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize Each year TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the prize to one exceptional individual. Since Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, nearly 100,000 Americans have participated.
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StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize

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StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize

StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize

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Each year TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the prize to one exceptional individual. Since Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, nearly 100,000 Americans have participated.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That music means two things - it is Friday, and it is StoryCorps. It is, of course, Monday, but we are taking a moment to appreciate this project that brings us extraordinary stories from every day Americans through interviews done between family, friends and loved ones.

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PAUL BRAUN: Do you remember the first day that we met?

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TRISTA MATASCASTILLO: Do you wish that I hadn't told you?

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: We got the notice you were going to Iraq. Do you remember that?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I remember questions and a lot of emotions and a lot of anger.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: When I spoke to you, it was the first time I got to truly understand.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: And from that day on, we were like two peas in a pod.

GREENE: Just some of the many memorable voices we hear on StoryCorps. Well, today, a big honor. Dave Isay, StoryCorps's founder, has received the $1 million TED prize from the nonprofit group that brings you TED talks and the TED Radio Hour on NPR. StoryCorps is staying put right here on MORNING EDITION each Friday. But with this prize in hand, Dave says he'll be busy coming up with a big new project over the next few months. Whatever he creates, we presume the sounds will be archived at the Library of Congress. This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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