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Radio Diaries
Radio Diaries
Radio Diaries & Radiotopia

First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers... more

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Mandela's Election: 30 Years Later

This month marks 30 years since Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president. However, the story of Mandela's... more

18 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
Working, Then and Now

50 years ago, radio broadcaster Studs Terkel published a book called WORKING: People Talk About What They Do All Day,... more

04 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
My Iron Lung (Revisited)

Paul Alexander, one of two people in the U.S. still relying on an iron lung to survive, died on March... more

21 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
My So-Called Lungs (Revisited)

We’re revisiting one of our favorite stories from years ago — with a new twist. Laura Rothenberg spent most of... more

07 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
The Rise and Fall of Black Swan Records

In 1921, a man named Harry Pace started the first major Black-owned record company in the United States. He called... more

15 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Guest Spotlight: Parakeet Panic

This week, we’re featuring an episode of a podcast we’re big fans of: The Last Archive! The Last Archive tells... more

01 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
The Drum Also Waltzes

At the age of 16, he played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He went on to make landmark recordings with... more

10 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
The Unmarked Graveyard: Live at WNYC

We bring you a lot of stories each year, but we don’t often get to share the work behind them.... more

19 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Man on the President's Limo

Today marks 60 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are many photos from that day in... more

22 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
The Unmarked Graveyard: LaMont Dottin

Back in 1995, LaMont Dottin was 21 years old and a freshman at Queens College when, one evening, he didn’t... more

21 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
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