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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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English


Episodes

#23: Busman’s Holiday

6/21/2018
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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.

Duration:00:22:26

#78: Last Witness: The General Slocum

6/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:19:34

#77: Surviving the Tulsa Race Riot

5/31/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:21:21

#31: Fly Girls

5/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:24:03

#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