In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents 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. We meet a cancer nurse who is able to teach others the meaning of love. We meet an African American NASCAR driver who found the courage to compete during the Jim Crow era. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Includes StoryCorps segments originally broadcast by NPR, plus:Exclusive interviews with StoryCorps participants in careers ranging from gardener to forensic scientist.An insider's view of the heroic work at the Veteran's Crisis Hotline.Witness to an Execution, an award-winning documentary featuring first-hand accounts from the guards, chaplains and reporters who witness executions as part of their jobs.
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"Dave Isay introduces this collection of stories about finding meaning in one's work by recounting his initial calling to radio broadcasting just as he was about to enter medical school. Isay is the founder of StoryCorps, an oral history project. This recording features careers that run the gamut from landscaper to teacher of at-risk students to street corner astronomer. Isay introduces the themes, but many of the interviews are conducted by family members, friends, and brothers-in-arms. It's a format that is entertaining and fascinating. Some stories will make you weep--a former battered wife who removes tattoos from abused women for free, the medical examiner who feels a crushing burden to identify the bodies of illegal immigrants. The final narrative, almost a gut punch, describes the emotions of corrections officers who work in the execution unit of the Huntsville, Texas, prison. A.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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