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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

#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


#70: The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel (Hour Special)

9/3/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 00:57:05


#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


#25: Miss Subways

7/27/2017
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Most beauty pageants promote the fantasy of the ideal woman. But this contest celebrated something different: the everyday working girl.

Duration: 00:09:42


#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


#17: The Gospel Ranger

4/13/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 00:17:39


#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


#62: The Border Wall (Updated)

2/2/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 00:16:01


#61: Strange Fruit (Updated)

1/19/2017
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British singer Rebecca Ferguson wanted to sing the song "Strange Fruit" at Donald Trump's inauguration. This is the story behind the song.

Duration: 00:18:04


#23: Busman’s Holiday

12/20/2016
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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 […]

Duration: 00:20:26


#60: The Working Tapes – Part 4

12/5/2016
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Three generations of father-son auto mechanics....a new story from our series, The Working Tapes.

Duration: 00:11:18


#59: March of the Bonus Army

11/22/2016
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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.

Duration: 00:16:37


#58: The Song that Crossed Party Lines

11/4/2016
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The story of a quirky song...that had the power to bring Democrats, Republicans, and Communists together in 1940.

Duration: 00:15:01

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