Folk Arts Podcasts Pop CultureAugust 20, 2010


MacArthur Genius Dave Isay started StoryCorps in 2003 — it’s an oral history project that has everyday people interview each other about their lives. NPR listeners often say they start crying every time they hear one of the stories drawn from these interviews. NJN is partnering with Storycorps to bring a MobileBooth to Trenton in September, giving New Jerseyans a chance to tell their stories. In anticipation, State of the Arts producer Susan Wallner talks with Dave Isay about the meaning and purpose of StoryCorps.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.