Radio Diaries

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Founded by Joe Richman, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories for almost two decades. We’ve collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers….and along the way we’ve helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism. Radio Diaries has won every major award in broadcast journalism and produced some of the most memorable documentaries ever heard on public radio. Our stories are broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered, This American Life, BBC, and on The Radio Diaries Podcast. We also publish educational materials, including the Teen Reporter Handbook. Radio Diaries is a not-for-profit organization.

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Series

Teenage DiariesTeenage Diaries
Since 1996, the Teenage Diaries series has given tape recorders to young people around the country. They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life — usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers.


Teenage Diaries RevisitedTeenage Diaries Revisited
16 years ago, Radio Diaries gave a group of young people tape recorders to report on their own lives for our NPR series, Teenage Diaries. Five of the diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives in Teenage Diaries Revisited. A lot of life happens in 16 years.



Mandela: An Audio History
"Mandela: An Audio History" is a groundbreaking project that weaves together an unprecedented collection of archival sound materials documenting and preserving the story of Nelson Mandela and the struggle against apartheid. Hear a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his wife, Winnie, secretly recorded by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Conference (ANC).



 
Contenders
There have been 43 presidents in American history. But the names of the hundreds who sought the office – and lost – are often forgotten. "Contenders" tells the stories of some of the most groundbreaking and unusual presidential candidates from elections past.



CristelPrison Diaries
Five inmates, four correctional officers and a judge were given tape recorders. For six months, the diarists kept audio journals and recorded the sounds and scenes of everyday life behind bars: shakedowns, new inmate arrivals, roll call, monthly family visits, meals at the chow hall, and quiet moments late at night inside a cell.




New York Works: Audio Portraits of a Vanishing City

94-year old Selma Koch runs one of New York's last old-style bra fitting shops. Walter Backerman still delivers seltzer along the same route worked by his father and grandfather. Frank Sabatino is one of two commercial fisherman left in Jamaica Bay. Charlie Zimmerman builds the rooftop water tanks that dot Manhattan's skyline. New York Works tells the stories of those who keep the city's past alive.



Willie McGeeAudio HistoriesThese audio documentaries weave together oral histories and archival tape to bring the past to life. From World War II to the Civil Rights movement, from the mining industry to the music industry, this series shares a rich, in depth look into our history. 


 

Series

Caption: Studs Terkel
12 Pieces

In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people for his book "Working." But until now, few of these interviews have ever been heard before.


Pieces


  • Added: Jun 26, 2004
  • Length: 58:44
  • Purchases: 43
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Part 5 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by KUER, WXAV 88.3FM, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 12:46
  • Purchases: 11
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Part 4 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes, KCUR and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 12:46
  • Purchases: 9
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Part 3 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes, KCUR and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 12:53
  • Purchases: 9
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Part 2 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by KUER, WXAV 88.3FM, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 15:17
  • Purchases: 10
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Part 1 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by KUER, WCAI / WNAN, WXAV 88.3FM, PRX Remix, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 14:01
  • Purchases: 13
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Amanda's family is Catholic. Amanda is bisexual. And she's having a hard time getting her parents to understand that this is not just a phase. "Whe...

Bought by KZYX, KUOW, KXOT Public Radio, PRX Remix, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2003
  • Length: 21:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Josh has Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. "It feels like there's a bi...

Bought by HowSound, WORLDcompass.org, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2003
  • Length: 12:25
  • Purchases: 12
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Melissa didn't mean to get pregnant. After 12 years of living in the foster care system, she's trying to build the family she never had. "The funny...

Bought by PRX Remix, KFAI, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes, KXOT Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2003
  • Length: 29:20
  • Purchases: 10
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Juan crossed the Rio Grande illegally into Texas four years before he first recorded with Radio Diaries. At the time of his original diary, Juan an...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WJCT, KSFR, PRX Remix, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2003
  • Length: 24:32
  • Purchases: 9