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Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love
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Fireside Chat with Dr. Ira Byock & StoryCorps' David Isay

Fireside Chat with Dr. Ira Byock & StoryCorps' David Isay
Join master storytellers Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, and Dr. Ira Byock, founder of the Institute for Human Caring, in exploring how stories build human connection during a global health crisis.

Social-distancing restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic have created a longing for human connection – particularly for quarantined patients, frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable communities.

Two complementary programs on opposite ends of the country are providing essential connections when they’re needed the most.

Reimagine End of Life, in partnership with the Providence Institute for Human Caring and StoryCorps, is hosting an online show-and-tell with two of the nation’s leaders in their respective fields.

Dr. Byock will unpack selected content from Providence’s Coronavirus Chronicles, a website for the public as well as patients and caregivers across the nation’s third-largest health system to share videos, pictures, text, art, and poetry on the pandemic.

Isay will reveal audio recordings from Storycorps Connect, its first remote-recording platform, which was built in response to the pandemic. The platform enables people to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video-conference technology. Isay will show how this platform is being used in healthcare settings to help facilitate a connection between isolated patients and their loved ones.


Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring, based in the Los Angeles area. The Institute advances efforts to measure, monitor, improve and expand models of highly personalized care. Dr. Byock’s books include Dying Well, The Four Things That Matter Most, and The Best Care Possible.

Dave Isay is one of the most trusted and respected broadcasters working today. The recipient of six Peabody Awards, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the $1 Million TED prize, his work taps into the heart and soul of the human experience. He is an author, documentarian, and founder of StoryCorps.

About StoryCorps 

Founded in 2003, StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, NY, that has brought more than 600,000 Americans together—two at a time—to record intimate conversations about their lives, create human connection, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. Each conversation is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is the largest single collection of personal narratives ever gathered, and millions listen to StoryCorps’ weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Talk, Panel, & Conversation Storytelling