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Radio Diaries works with people to document their own lives for public radio: teenagers, seniors, prison inmates and others whose voices are rarely heard. We help people share their stories—and their lives—in their own words, creating documentaries that are powerful, surprising, intimate and timeless. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

Radio Diaries works with people to document their own lives for public radio: teenagers, seniors, prison inmates and others whose voices are rarely heard. We help people share their stories—and their lives—in their own words, creating documentaries that are powerful, surprising, intimate and timeless. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
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Radio Diaries works with people to document their own lives for public radio: teenagers, seniors, prison inmates and others whose voices are rarely heard. We help people share their stories—and their lives—in their own words, creating documentaries that are powerful, surprising, intimate and timeless. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

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Episodes

#61: Strange Fruit, Revisited

4/19/2018
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James Cameron is the only known person to have survived a lynching in America.

Duration:00:17:12

#38: Crime Pays

4/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:21:45

#76: The Green Book

3/22/2018
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A guide to "traveling while Black" during Jim Crow. A story from our friends and fellow Radiotopians at 99% Invisible.

Duration:00:20:14

#22: Deported: Weasel’s Diary

3/8/2018
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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.

Duration:00:31:57

#30: Nine Months Before Rosa Parks

2/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:11:40

#75: A Voicemail Valentine

2/14/2018
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Audio love letters from the 1930s and 1940s.

Duration:00:13:43

#74: The Story of Jane

1/19/2018
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Before Roe vs. Wade, an underground abortion service in Chicago helped women get abortions.

Duration:00:12:49

#73: The Dropped Wrench

12/23/2017
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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!

Duration:00:40:17

#72: Under the Radar

11/2/2017
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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.

Duration:00:16:01

#34: The Two Lives of Asa Carter

10/5/2017
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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.

Duration:00:31:17

#42: The Last Place

9/21/2017
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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.

Duration:00:30:23

#11: Willie McGee and The Traveling Electric Chair

8/17/2017
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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...

Duration:00:28:49

#69: Mexico ’68 and the Tlatelolco Massacre

6/27/2017
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A Movement, a Massacre, and Mexico’s Search for the Truth

Duration:00:26:04

#68: The Rubber Room

6/2/2017
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Meet the NYC teachers who are "doing time."

Duration:00:34:14

#67: The Oddest Town in America

5/19/2017
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Gibsonton, Florida: Where the Sideshow went to Retire

Duration:00:10:41

#66: Radio Diaries Live at the Moth

5/4/2017
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For Mother's day, we're bringing you our diarist Melissa's story, as she told it live at The Moth.

Duration:00:25:16

#65: Remembering Robben Island

3/31/2017
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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 […]

Duration:00:11:59

#64: The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

3/16/2017
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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 […]

Duration:00:25:46

#22: Weasel’s Diary, Revisited

3/2/2017
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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 […]

Duration:00:34:42

#63: The Last Civil War Widows

2/13/2017
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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 […]

Duration:00:13:12

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