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 Aug 9, 2018

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First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

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#79: Last Witness: Mission to Hiroshima
15:41
On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in warfare. There were three strike planes that flew over Hiroshima that day: the Enola Gay which carried the bomb, and two escort planes, the Great Artiste and […]
Aug 06, 2018
#8: Nelson Mandela at 100
01:02:26
Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old this week. And we’re marking the anniversary by bringing you our documentary, Mandela: An Audio History. This award-winning series chronicles the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. ************* Sponsors: LinkedIn, get $50 off […]
Jul 17, 2018
#23: Busman’s Holiday
21:54
The story of William Cimillo, a New York City bus driver who snapped one day in 1947 and went on a 1,300 mile detour with his bus... to Florida.
Jun 21, 2018
#78: Last Witness: The General Slocum
19:03
On June 15, 1904, a steamship called the General Slocum left the pier on East Third Street in New York City just after 9 AM. The boat was filled with more than 1,300 residents of the Lower East Side. Many of the passengers were recent German immigrants who were headed up the east river for a church outing, a boat cruise and picnic on Long Island. But they would never make it. We interviewed the last living survivor of the General Slocum, Adele Wotherspoon, when she was 100 years old. Today we're bringing you her story as part of our series, Last Witness. Plus, a portrait of the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the U.S.
Jun 14, 2018
#77: Last Witness: Surviving the Tulsa Race Riot
22:01
On May 31, 1921, six-year-old Olivia Hooker was home with her family when a group of white men launched an attack on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In less than 24 hours, the mobs destroyed more than 1000 homes and businesses. It’s estimated as many as 300 people were killed. The Tulsa Race Riot […]
May 31, 2018
#31: Fly Girls
25:47
In the early 1940s, the U.S. Air Force faced a dilemma. Thousands of new airplanes were coming off assembly lines and needed to be delivered to military bases nationwide, yet most of America’s pilots were overseas fighting the war. To solve the problem, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots. They were known as the WASPs, the Women Air Force Service Pilots.
May 03, 2018
#61: Strange Fruit, Revisited
18:00
James Cameron is the only known person to have survived a lynching in America.
Apr 19, 2018
#38: Crime Pays
23:19
There's a program in Richmond, CA that has a controversial method of reducing gun violence in their city: paying criminals to not commit crimes. Sounds crazy, but the even crazier part is...it works. 
Apr 06, 2018
#76: The Green Book
20:40
A guide to "traveling while Black" during Jim Crow. A story from our friends and fellow Radiotopians at 99% Invisible.
Mar 22, 2018
#22: Deported: Weasel’s Diary
33:31
At 26-years-old, Jose William Huezo Soriano—a.k.a. Weasel—was deported back to his parents’ home country, El Salvador, a country he hadn’t seen since he was 5. This is his audio diary.
Mar 08, 2018
#30: Nine Months Before Rosa Parks
11:45
You've heard of Rosa Parks, but do you know about Claudette Colvin?  On March 2, 1955, when Claudette was 15 years old, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, AL. This was nine months before Rosa Parks did the same thing. 
Feb 28, 2018
#75: A Voicemail Valentine
14:26
Audio love letters from the 1930s and 1940s.
Feb 14, 2018
#74: The Story of Jane
14:28
Before Roe vs. Wade, an underground abortion service in Chicago helped women get abortions.
Jan 19, 2018
#73: The Dropped Wrench
40:31
Every day, we go about our lives doing thousands of routine, mundane tasks. And sometimes, we make mistakes. Human error. It happens all the time. It just doesn’t always happen in a nuclear missile silo. A collaboration with This American Life. *** If you enjoy this podcast, please consider making a donation before the end of the year. www.radiodiaries.org/donate  Thank you!
Dec 23, 2017
#49: Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl
34:18
Majd Abdulghani is a teenager living in Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries for women in the world. She wants to be a scientist. Her family wants to arrange her marriage. From the age of 19 to 21, Majd has been chronicling her life with a microphone, taking us inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard.
Nov 21, 2017
#72: Under the Radar
15:46
16 years after recording his teenage diary, Juan now lives in Colorado. He has a house, a good job, and three American kids. But...he’s still undocumented.
Nov 02, 2017
#71: Juan’s Story, Live at the Moth
30:09
Juan crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally as a teen, and settled with his family in Texas. In 1996, he recorded an audio diary for our Teenage Diaries project. Now he tells his story live at The Moth.
Oct 23, 2017
#34: The Two Lives of Asa Carter
33:02
Asa Carter and Forrest Carter couldn’t have been more different. But they shared a secret. "The Education of Little Tree," by Forrest Carter, is an iconic best-selling book, with a message about living in harmony with nature, and compassion for people of all kinds. But there’s a very different story behind the book. It begins with the most infamous racist political speech in American History.
Oct 05, 2017
#42: The Last Place
30:31
When you spend so much of your life getting to the next stage, thinking about the next move, what is it like to find yourself at...the Last Place? In this episode, we bring you audio diaries from a retirement home.
Sep 21, 2017
#70: The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel (Hour Special)
58:26
For Labor Day, we’re bringing you a special, one hour episode of our series The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel. In 1974, oral historian Studs Terkel published a book with an unwieldy title: “Working: People talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do.” This collective portrait of America […]
Sep 03, 2017
#11: Willie McGee and The Traveling Electric Chair
30:40
In 1945, Willie McGee was accused of raping a white woman. The all-white jury took less than three minutes to find him guilty and McGee was sentenced to death. Over the next six years, the case went through three trials and sparked international protests and appeals. But in 1951, McGee was put to death in Mississippi's traveling electric chair. His execution was broadcast live by a local radio station. Narrated by Bridgette McGee, this documentary follows a granddaughter's search for the truth.
Aug 17, 2017
#25: Miss Subways
10:54
Most beauty pageants promote the fantasy of the ideal woman. But this contest celebrated something different: the everyday working girl.
Jul 27, 2017
#69: Mexico ’68 and the Tlatelolco Massacre
26:04
A Movement, a Massacre, and Mexico’s Search for the Truth
Jun 27, 2017
#68: The Rubber Room
31:39
Meet the NYC teachers who are "doing time."
Jun 02, 2017
#67: The Oddest Town in America
11:30
Gibsonton, Florida: Where the Sideshow went to Retire
May 19, 2017
#66: Radio Diaries Live at the Moth
25:45
For Mother's day, we're bringing you our diarist Melissa's story, as she told it live at The Moth.
May 04, 2017
#17: The Gospel Ranger
17:17
This is the story of a song, “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down,” written by a 12-year-old boy on his deathbed. A boy who – instead of dying – went on to become a Pentecostal preacher. A boy who would later help inspire the birth of Rock & Roll. His name was Brother […]
Apr 13, 2017
#65: Remembering Robben Island
11:29
Nelson Mandela famously spent 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid in South Africa. He was sentenced to life in 1964 for treason, along with 7 others. One of them was Ahmed Kathrada who died this week. He was 87.  Mandela, Kathrada and the others served most of their sentences at Robben Island. Kathrada often said […]
Mar 31, 2017
#64: The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski
24:46
In 1966, a young Marine took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War. For two months, Michael A. Baronowski made tapes of his friends, of life in foxholes, of combat. And he sent those audio letters home to his family in Norristown, Pennsylvania. And then he was killed in action. Michael’s tapes […]
Mar 16, 2017
#22: Weasel’s Diary, Revisited
34:06
An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. Over the past month, the Trump Administration has unveiled plans to arrest and deport large numbers of them. Under Obama, close to 3 million immigrants were deported. Trump is trying to do it faster. And with fewer restrictions. Undocumented immigrants have long been an […]
Mar 02, 2017
#63: The Last Civil War Widows
13:43
Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin lived what seemed like parallel lives. Both had grown up poor, children of sharecroppers in the South. Daisy in Tennessee; Alberta in Alabama. Both women got married in their early 20’s, to men who were near 80. And both those husbands had served in the Civil War. But as it […]
Feb 13, 2017
#62: The Border Wall (Updated)
16:37
One week into his Presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump says it will be, “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall.” But campaign slogans are easy. Reality is harder. In this episode, two stories about that border. And what happens when, instead of people […]
Feb 02, 2017
#61: Strange Fruit (Updated)
18:13
British singer Rebecca Ferguson wanted to sing the song "Strange Fruit" at Donald Trump's inauguration. This is the story behind the song.
Jan 19, 2017
#23: Busman’s Holiday
20:26
The story of William Cimillo, a New York City bus driver who snapped one day in 1947, left his regular route in the Bronx, and drove his municipal bus down to Florida. This story originally aired on This American Life. *** Radio Diaries is a non-profit organization. We couldn’t do this work without support from […]
Dec 20, 2016
#60: The Working Tapes – Part 4
12:13
Three generations of father-son auto mechanics....a new story from our series, The Working Tapes.
Dec 06, 2016
#59: March of the Bonus Army
16:54
In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, a group of World War I veterans set up an encampment in Washington D.C. vowing to stay until they received their government bonuses.
Nov 22, 2016
#58: The Song that Crossed Party Lines
17:31
The story of a quirky song...that had the power to bring Democrats, Republicans, and Communists together in 1940.
Nov 04, 2016
#57: The Working Tapes – Part 3
21:23
A private eye, a jockey, a hotel piano player....voices from The Working Tapes.
Oct 25, 2016
#56: The Working Tapes – Part 2
22:10
A Chicago police officer, a female advertising executive, a gravedigger...voices from Studs Terkel's Working Tapes.
Oct 12, 2016
#55: The Working Tapes – Part 1
19:56
Stories from Studs Terkel's Working Tapes - an auto union worker, a switchboard telephone operator, and a press agent.
Sep 30, 2016
#54: The Working Tapes – A Preview
14:52
Our new series "Working: Then & Now" runs from Sept 25 - October 2 on NPR, and in upcoming episodes of the Radio Diaries Podcast. This is a sneak peek of The Working Tapes.
Sep 24, 2016
#53: From Flint to Rio
26:40
2012 marked the first year that women boxers were allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics. Our audio diary followed Claressa Shields, a 17-year-old from Flint, Michigan, with a dream -- to become the first American woman to win Olympic gold in boxing. And she did just that. But how much does a gold medal really change things for a teenager in Flint?
Jul 27, 2016
#52: Contenders: The Veep
13:02
Throughout American history, only 14 VPs have ever gone on to the presidency. The rest have been mostly forgotten. And not many people would remember the name Alben Barkley, except for two things: his nickname, the “Veep,” and the remarkable circumstances of his death. This is the third - and final - episode of our mini-series, Contenders: Portraits of Some of the most Groundbreaking and Unusual Presidential Candidates who Never Won the White House.
Jul 14, 2016
#51: Contenders: Say it Like You Mean it
21:25
Throughout American history, one of the most important job qualifications for the office of President has been the ability to deliver a speech that will rally the people. This is Part 2 of our series, Contenders: Portraits of some of the most groundbreaking and unusual presidential candidates -- who never won the White House.
Jul 07, 2016
#50: Contenders: Women Who Fought for the White House
29:14
Portraits of some of the most unusual, and groundbreaking presidential candidates -- who never won the White House. This is the first in our 3-part series: Contenders.
Jun 24, 2016
#49: Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl
35:49
Majd Abdulghani is a teenager living in Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries for women in the world. She wants to be a scientist. Her family wants to arrange her marriage. From the age of 19 to 21, Majd has been chronicling her life with a microphone, taking us inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard. She records herself practicing karate, conducting experiments in a genetics lab, and fending off pressure to accept an arranged marriage. In her audio diary, Majd documents everything from arguments with her brother about how much she should cover herself in front of men, to late night thoughts about loneliness, arranged marriages, and the possibility of true love.
Jun 01, 2016
#3: A Mother, Then and Now
44:52
In celebration of Mother’s Day and Radio Diaries’ 20th anniversary this month, we’re revisiting Melissa’s story. As an 18 year old, Melissa recorded an audio diary as she gave birth to her son Issaiah. Over the next two decades, Melissa and her son faced many challenges, from eviction notices to a life-threatening medical diagnosis. Melissa recently recorded a new “grown-up” diary chronicling her life as a single working mother and introducing listeners to teenage Issaiah. In this episode, listen to both of her diaries and a behind-the-scenes interview.
Apr 28, 2016
#48: Radio Diaries Turns 20!
21:30
20 years ago, NPR’s All Things Considered began running our occasional series, Teenage Diaries… which then grew up to become Radio Diaries. Today on the podcast, we check in with our very first diarist, Amanda Brand.
Apr 08, 2016
#47: The Man in the Zoo
13:54
In 1906, New York's Bronx Zoo was the largest zoo in the world. That year, the zoo introduced a new exhibit that would quickly became its most popular attraction. In the monkey house, right next to an orangutan, there was a man...inside a cage.
Mar 25, 2016
#30: Claudette Colvin: “A Teenage Rosa Parks”
11:45
Nine months before Rosa Parks, a 15-year-old girl refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, AL.
Mar 02, 2016
#46: Identical Strangers
19:33
Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein were both born in New York City and adopted as infants. When they were 35 years old, they met and found they were “identical strangers.”
Feb 18, 2016
#12: Frankie’s Second Chance (Updated)
33:20
As a teenager, Frankie was a high school football star whose picture was in his hometown newspaper every week. Years after graduating, Frankie was back in the paper—as a criminal. In his new audio diary, Frankie is hoping for a second chance.
Feb 05, 2016
#45: Friday Night Lights
20:42
Football, Frankie said, had completely changed him. He was no longer seen as a loser. Although the same couldn’t be said for the Valley Head Tigers.
Jan 22, 2016
#44: The Ski Troops of WWII
26:30
The 10th Mountain Division fought in World War II for only four months, but it had one of the highest casualty rates of the war. The division started out as an experiment to train skiers and climbers to fight in the mountains. The men of the 10th went on to lead a series of daring assaults against the German army in the mountains of Italy.
Jan 07, 2016
#43: From Prison to President
23:56
Four years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, he became president of South Africa. And yet, those 4 years were among the bloodiest and most painful for all South Africans – black and white – as they struggled toward the transition to majority rule. A chapter from Mandela: An Audio History.
Dec 24, 2015
#42: The Last Place
34:26
When you spend so much of your life getting to the next stage, thinking about the next move, what is it like to find yourself at...the Last Place? On this episode of the Radio Diaries Podcast, we bring you audio diaries from a retirement home.
Dec 03, 2015
#9: A Guitar, A Cello, And The Day That Changed Music
20:07
November 23, 1936 was a good day for recorded music. Two men – an ocean apart – sat before a microphone and began to play. One was a cello prodigy who had performed for the Queen of Spain; the other played guitar and was a regular in the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. But on this day, Pablo Casals and Robert Johnson both made recordings that would change music history.
Nov 19, 2015
#41: The Story of ‘Ballad for Americans’
15:49
How a ten minute folk opera managed to unite Democrats, Republicans and Communists.
Nov 05, 2015
#40: Serving 9-5: Diaries from Prison Guards
28:44
Audio diaries from officers who work behind bars at North Carolina's Polk Youth Institution.
Oct 22, 2015
#39: The Man Who Put the ‘P’ in NPR
24:23
In this golden age of podcasting, a conversation about the past and future of public radio with the author of the original NPR mission statement.
Oct 08, 2015
#38: Crime Pays
23:52
This month's podcast is about what it takes to get people to change. We focus on a group of people that might be the hardest to change - or at least they’ve had the most money thrown at them in hopes of change: Criminals.
Sep 11, 2015
#18: Strange Fruit
19:14
An eerie photograph, a famous song, and the man who lived to tell the story.
Aug 06, 2015
#37: Mandela’s Prison Years
19:26
While Mandela and other political leaders languished in prison, the government cracked down. It seemed that resistance to apartheid had been crushed. But on June 16, 1976, a student uprising in Soweto sparked a new generation of activism. This is Chapter 3 of our documentary (and 2015 Audiobook of the Year) Mandela: An Audio History.
Jul 09, 2015
#36: A Visit to the Memory Palace
14:13
Big, happy announcement: The Memory Palace is the newest member of Radiotopia! To celebrate, we bring you an episode from The Memory Palace, by Nate DiMeo. It's the story of Guglielmo Marconi, sometimes called the inventor of radio…and his dreams of a super-radio that would allow him to hear every sound ever made. We pair Marconi's story with our sound portrait of Frank Schubert, the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the U.S.
Jun 18, 2015
#35: Matthew and the Judge
22:24
We gave both Judge Jeremiah, a Rhode Island juvenile court judge, and Matthew, a 16-year-old repeat offender, tape recorders. Judge Jeremiah released Matthew early, for good behavior. Two weeks later, Matthew was arrested again for selling drugs. Through their diaries, Matthew and the judge tell the same story from two different sides of the bench.
Jun 05, 2015
#34: Seeing the Forrest Through the Little Trees
34:14
The Education of Little Tree is an iconic best-selling book, with a message about living in harmony with nature, and compassion for people of all kinds. But there’s a very different story behind the book. It begins with the most infamous racist political speech in American History. This week on the Radio Diaries Podcast, the true story of the untrue story of The Education of Little Tree.
May 22, 2015
#11: The Traveling Electric Chair
29:18
Bridgette McGee grew up knowing nothing about her grandfather, Willie McGee. Now she is on a quest to unearth everything she can about his life – and his death.
May 07, 2015
#33: From Bullets to Balance Sheets
12:35
As a teenager, Kamari Ridgle was a drug dealer and drive-by shooter until a near-death experience led him to his true love…accounting.
Apr 25, 2015
#32: The Square Deal
19:22
When George F. Johnson died, the nation witnessed one of the largest funerals in U.S. history. What did Johnson do? He made shoes. Lots of them. 100 years ago, the Endicott Johnson Corporation, headquartered in upstate New York, was the largest shoe factory in the world. But George F. Johnson wasn't only famous for his shoes. He also became known for his views on how a company should treat its workers. Some people called it "welfare capitalism." Johnson had a different name for it: The Square Deal. If you're a fan of the Radio Diaries Podcast - and you want a chance to win a pair of Tivoli headphones - please fill out our listener survey at surveynerds.com/diaries
Apr 02, 2015
#31: Fly Girls
27:56
In the early 1940s, the US Airforce faced a dilemma. Thousands of new airplanes were coming off assembly lines and needed to be delivered to military bases nationwide, yet most of America’s pilots were overseas fighting the war. To solve the problem, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots. They were known as the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Please take our listener survey! http://www.surveynerds.com/diaries
Mar 19, 2015
#30: Claudette Colvin – A “Teenage Rosa Parks”
11:45
When Claudette Colvin was 15, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, AL. "History had me glued to the seat," she said.
Mar 05, 2015
#29: First Kiss
22:24
"What I have here is an envelope on which this girl Nicole wrote down instructions on how to kiss. It says: 'pucker lips, slowly open mouth, slowly slide tongue in, repeat steps 1, 2, and 3.' She made that list for me because I made out with her and she said I was doing it wrong. So I guess that's the main thing I learned this summer."
Feb 12, 2015
#28: The Greatest Songwriter You’ve Never Heard Of
18:35
You probably don't know her name, but you definitely know her songs. Rose Marie McCoy passed away recently at the age of 92. On this episode of the Radio Diaries Podcast, we’re remembering Rose and her music.
Feb 03, 2015
#27: George Wallace and the Legacy of a Sentence
14:58
It was just a single line in an inauguration speech given 50 years ago. But Alabama Governor George Wallace’s ‘Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever’ is remembered as one of the most vehement rallying cries against racial equality in American history.
Jan 23, 2015
#26: The View from the 79th Floor
19:38
On July 28, 1945 an Army bomber pilot on a routine ferry mission found himself lost in the fog over Manhattan. A dictation machine in a nearby office happened to capture the sound of the plane as it hit the Empire State Building at the 79th floor. Find out what happened next in this episode […]
Jan 08, 2015
#25: Miss Subways
13:00
Beauty pageants promote the fantasy of the ideal woman. But for 35 years, one contest in New York City celebrated the everyday working girl. Each month starting in 1941, a young woman was elected “Miss Subways,” and her face gazed down on transit riders as they rode through the city. Her photo was accompanied by […]
Dec 22, 2014
#24: Last Man on the Mountain – Updated
17:43
A few years ago, we produced a story about the greatest underdog we’d ever met: Jimmy Weekley. Jimmy was the last remaining resident of Pigeonroost Hollow, West Virginia. Jimmy spent most of the last two decades fighting one of the largest coal companies in the country in an attempt to save his hometown. He said […]
Dec 11, 2014
#23: Busman’s Holiday
20:17
The story of William Cimillo, a New York City bus driver who snapped one day in 1947, left his regular route in the Bronx, and drove his municipal bus down to Florida.
Nov 13, 2014
#22: Weasel’s Diary, Revisited
34:21
Jose William Huezo Soriano - aka Weasel - is a 26-year-old Los Angeles resident who gets deported to his parents' home country of El Salvador, which he has not seen since the age of five.
Nov 07, 2014
#21: When Ground Zero was Radio Row
16:35
"To invent ... you need a good imagination. And a pile of junk." - Thomas Edison.
Oct 17, 2014
#20: When Borders Move
16:13
What happens when, instead of people crossing the border, the border crosses the people?
Oct 06, 2014
#19: Working, Then and Now
14:50
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's "Working," we bring you two of the lost interviews that never made it into the book: Helen Moog, a taxi driver and grandmother of five who happened to drive Studs to the Youngstown, OH airport; and Lovin' Al Pommier, a "car hiker."
Sep 01, 2014
#18: Strange Fruit – Voices of a Lynching
18:50
Strange Fruit: An eerie photograph, a famous song, and the man who lived to tell the story.
Aug 25, 2014
#17: The Gospel Ranger
17:09
Outside the Appalachian mountains, his name was barely known. But Brother Claude Ely influenced some of the pioneers of rock & roll.
Jul 17, 2014
#16: “Halfrican” Revisited
21:31
When Jeff Rogers was 16 years old he started referring to himself as a “halfrican.” Jeff has a black father and a white mother. And like many teenagers, he was trying to figure out who he was.
Jun 23, 2014
#15: Walter the Seltzerman – It’s Not Easy Being Last
15:05
Once there were thousands of seltzer men in New York City. Today, Walter Backerman is one of the last.
Jun 02, 2014
Video Podcast: Help Kickstart Our New Season
02:30
Check out our Kickstarter video. (Ira Glass has a cameo!) If we reach our goal, we'll put out the Radio Diaries Podcast twice as often. Biweekly! bit.ly/RDKickstarter
May 28, 2014
#14: The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter
32:58
Asa Carter and Forrest Carter couldn't have been more different. But they shared a secret.
May 12, 2014
#13: The Day Nelson Mandela Became Nelson Mandela
19:46
The moment Nelson Mandela really became Nelson Mandela was on April 20th, 1964 - fifty years ago today. It happened when he stood up in a stuffy South African courtroom and gave a speech.
Apr 20, 2014
#12: Frankie’s Teenage Diary, Revisited
32:53
"I went from being on the front page for football, representing my itty-bitty school, to being on the front page as a thief and a meth head." - Frankie Lewchuck, in Teenage Diaries Revisited
Mar 20, 2014
#11: Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair
29:31
On the night of May 7th, 1951, in the small town of Laurel, Mississippi, close to a thousand people gathered around the courthouse. They came to witness an execution. Willie McGee was a young black man who had been accused of raping a white woman... and sentenced to death. Six decades later, Bridgette McGee teamed up with Radio Diaries to find the truth about what happened to her grandfather.
Feb 18, 2014
#10: Teenage Diaries Revisited 1-Hour Special
58:40
Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful of teens and asked them to report on their own lives. Now, 16 years later, Joe checks back in with them.
Jan 13, 2014
#9: A Guitar, A Cello, and the Day that Changed Music
17:06
What would it sound like if one of the world's greatest classical cellists, and the most legendary blues guitarist of all time...jammed together?
Dec 20, 2013
#8: Mandela: An Audio History
01:01:02
An award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. Hosted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Dec 05, 2013
#7: The Last Man on the Mountain
16:21
In the 1990s, Arch Coal began mountaintop removal mining in a corner of West Virginia called Pigeonroost Hollow. There used to be dozens of houses in the area, but now there is just one. It belongs to Jimmy Weekley.
Nov 14, 2013
#6: The View From the 79th Floor
16:36
On July 28, 1945 an army bomber pilot on a routine ferry mission found himself lost in the fog over Manhattan. Stories from the day a plane crashed into the Empire State Building.
Oct 16, 2013
#5: Teenage Diaries Revisited: Juan
31:30
16 years ago, Juan reported on his life as a recent Mexican immigrant living in poverty in Texas. In his new diary, Juan takes us on a tour of the life he has built since he first crossed the Rio Grande. It looks a lot like the typical American dream: a house, 2 cars, 3 kids—except for the fact he’s still living illegally in the U.S. In this podcast, listen to Juan's diaries as well as a conversation about the recording process with producer Joe Richman.
Aug 19, 2013
#4: Burma ’88: Buried History
15:37
25 years ago, university students in Burma sparked a countrywide uprising. They called for a nationwide strike on 8/8/88, a date they chose for its numerological power.
Aug 08, 2013
#3: Teenage Diaries Revisited: Melissa
42:08
As an 18-year-old raised in the foster care system, Melissa took NPR listeners along when she gave birth to her son Isaaiah. Over the past 16 years Melissa and her son have faced many challenges, from eviction notices to her son’s life-threatening medical diagnosis. In this podcast episode, listen to Melissa's Teenage Diary and her new 'grown-up' diary from Teenage Diaries Revisited. Plus, Joe interviews Melissa about the process of documenting her life over the years.
Jun 12, 2013
#2: Teenage Diaries Revisited: Josh
42:27
In high school, Josh documented his life with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. Today, Josh has overcome Tourette’s enough to become a NYC public school teacher, but not enough to remain one. In this episode, listen to Josh’s audio diaries about trying to live a normal life with a brain that often betrays him. Plus, an interview between Josh and Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman.
May 30, 2013