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Radio Diaries Radio Diaries tells the extraordinary stories of ordinary life. www.radiodiaries.org
Radio Diaries tells the extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Since 1996, we’ve been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories. We’ve collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, gospel preachers and bra saleswomen, the famous and the unknown…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, and a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX — a curated network of extraordinary podcasts.

Telling the extraordinary stories of ordinary life.

Mission: To find extraordinary stories in ordinary places.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the turning point in the gay rights movement. The anniv...
06/06/2019
Amanda's Diary, Revisited - Radio Diaries

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the turning point in the gay rights movement. The anniversary is a reminder of how much has changed since 1969, when “homosexual acts” were illegal in all states but one – Illinois. Today, gay marriage is legal across the nation.

Here at Radio Diaries we have our own time capsule of how much has changed – the very first audio diary we ever produced, with Amanda Brand.

http://www.radiodiaries.org/amandas-diary-revisited-2/

Amanda was our very first diarist. Her story was about being a gay teenager, with parents who were having a really hard time with the idea.

#OTD in 1921, 6yo Olivia Hooker survived one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. Over 18 hour...
05/31/2019
Remembering Olivia Hooker - Radio Diaries

#OTD in 1921, 6yo Olivia Hooker survived one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. Over 18 hours, white mobs destroyed more than 1,000 black homes and businesses in Tulsa, Ok. An estimated 300 ppl were killed. Eight months after we interviewed Olivia for this story, she died at the age of 103. She was the last surviving witness of the #TulsaRaceRiot. This week, we're sharing her story on the podcast to mark the anniversary of a massacre. http://www.radiodiaries.org/tulsa-race-riot/

Olivia Hooker was the last surviving witness to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

One of our favorite interviews...
04/25/2019

One of our favorite interviews...

Many of us were drawn to public broadcasting for its mission. We want standards of success more meaningful than revenue & audience metrics. Important to be reminded of now more than ever in the era of the for-profit podcast boom. Listen in on a conversation between Bill Siemering and Radio Diaries' Joe Richman. http://bit.ly/2vbHMle

Some of the men were skiers already, others had never seen a ski in their lives.Listen to the story of the 10th Mountain...
03/07/2019
The Ski Troops of WWII - Radio Diaries

Some of the men were skiers already, others had never seen a ski in their lives.

Listen to the story of the 10th Mountain Division on the latest episode of the Radio Diaries Podcast.

http://www.radiodiaries.org/ski-troops-wwii/

The men of the 10th Mountain Division led a series of daring assaults against the Nazis in the mountains of Italy. After returning home, many of these soldiers helped to create the modern ski industry.

02/24/2019
Field of Vision - A Night at the Garden

Our most recent story was inspired by A Night at the Garden, which is in consideration for an Oscar tonight! https://vimeo.com/237489146

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism -- an event largely forgotten from U.S. history. A NIGHT…

Our latest story has a lot of people talking. Take a listen and see the chilling footage on NPR's Code Switch blog.
02/21/2019
NPR

Our latest story has a lot of people talking. Take a listen and see the chilling footage on NPR's Code Switch blog.

On Feb. 20, 1939, Madison Square Garden filled with 20,000 American Nazis for a "Pro-America Rally." The pro-Hitler group that sponsored the rally has since faded, but "80 years later, the philosophy is still there," says Arnie Bernstein, author of "Swastika Nation."

80 years ago today, 20,000 American Nazis rallied in Madison Square Garden. Now on NPR All Things Considered, and on the...
02/20/2019
When Nazis Took Manhattan

80 years ago today, 20,000 American Nazis rallied in Madison Square Garden. Now on NPR All Things Considered, and on the Radio Diaries podcast, we tell the story of When Nazis Took Manhattan.

We were inspired by A Night at the Garden, a documentary short directed by Marshall Curry and produced by Field of Vision, now in consideration for an Academy Award.

NPR NPR's Code Switch

http://www.radiodiaries.org/nazis-took-manhattan/

On February 20, 1939, 20,000 American Nazis threw a party at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Would you like Joe to be your mentor for 9 months? Apply to Forecast! http://forecast-platform.com/about/
02/14/2019

Would you like Joe to be your mentor for 9 months? Apply to Forecast! http://forecast-platform.com/about/

Meet the Forecast mentors: Joe Richman is a Peabody Award-winning audio producer and the founder of Radio Diaries, a radio series that has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism. For two decades, Richman has worked with people to document their own lives, seeking to tell “the extraordinary stories of ordinary life,” as the show’s motto reads. He’s interested in the fusion of journalism and art, and the power of radio to act as an empathy machine.

Richman is drawn to stories that turn statistics and stereotypes into actual people; stories that reveal characters in three dimensions with all their contradictions, ambiguities, and flaws. According to him, collecting stories is easy. That’s the fun part. The work, the craft, is turning all that material into something worth paying attention to. “Every audio story is an opportunity for alchemy in which the raw material of the world—interviews, archival footage, music, field recordings—are woven together and carefully sculpted into a narrative for the ear.”

Richman named his field of mentorship Stories in Sound. He sees collaboration with a mentee as an opportunity to push his own boundaries, assumptions, and preferences. He’s interested in experimenting with performance and live music to bring radio documentaries to new audiences. Richman would like to find a mentee with a spirit of experimentation, a passion for nonfiction storytelling and, most importantly, someone with a good story.

Interested? Go to our website to find out how to apply.
Deadline is March 1st.

http://forecast-platform.com/mentors/joe-richman/

Transom.org
01/31/2019

Transom.org

Joe Richman of Radio Diaries is a virtuoso at producing un-narrated radio stories. His Transom manifesto is a great balance of the useful and the inspirational in how you can produce un-narrated stories too. Head over to Transom for all sorts of great tips. https://bit.ly/2sXGp8x

12/31/2018
Thank you and happy new year.

Here at Radio Diaries we make stories that help bridge the divide, that help us understand what it's like to live someone else's life. It's important work. Now more than ever. If you value these stories, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Every contribution makes a difference. Happy new year and thank you for being part of what we do. www.radiodiaries.org/donate

We're revisiting Thembi's Diary on the podcast this week, and we have a new interview with her daughter, Onwabo. You don...
12/19/2018

We're revisiting Thembi's Diary on the podcast this week, and we have a new interview with her daughter, Onwabo. You don't want to miss this one. http://www.radiodiaries.org/thembi/

Is all you want for Hanukkah a radio tutorial by Joe Richman? Well, your dreams can come true if you support the Radioto...
12/03/2018
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Is all you want for Hanukkah a radio tutorial by Joe Richman? Well, your dreams can come true if you support the Radiotopia fundraiser! https://www.radiotopia.fm/donate-2018e

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11/28/2018
Radiotopia

We are so proud to be founding members of the Radiotopia network. If our podcasts bring you joy, please donate to the Radiotopia annual fundraiser to support this small but powerful community of artists and storytellers!

Radiotopia's sound is powerful. Our podcasts take you to new places, and introduce you to new ideas. Here’s your opportunity to help us keep our shows—and community—strong. Support Radiotopia, the network that helps you hear the world differently.

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Today we are remembering the life of Olivia Hooker, who died yesterday at the age of 103. Olivia was the last surviving ...
11/22/2018

Today we are remembering the life of Olivia Hooker, who died yesterday at the age of 103. Olivia was the last surviving witness to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. We are grateful to have met her and to be able to share her story. You can hear her story on the Radio Diaries Podcast or today on NPR All Things Considered at 4 PM.
http://www.radiodiaries.org/tulsa-race-riot/

Tomorrow is election day. The country is so polarized it's hard to remember a time when Republicans and Democrats agreed...
11/05/2018
Ballad for Americans - Radio Diaries

Tomorrow is election day. The country is so polarized it's hard to remember a time when Republicans and Democrats agreed on anything at all. But almost 80 years ago, there was a song that brought the country together. Hear the story of "Ballad for Americans" produced by Ben Shapiro. And don't forget to vote! http://www.radiodiaries.org/ballad-for-americans/

How a ten minute operatic folk cantata managed to unite Democrats, Republicans and Communists.

A record-breaking number of women are running for Congress in the midterm elections this November. There are 257, dwarfi...
10/18/2018
Podcast: Campaigning While Female - Radio Diaries

A record-breaking number of women are running for Congress in the midterm elections this November. There are 257, dwarfing all previous years. And in 2020, we'll likely see a record number of women running for President as well. It's a historic moment for women in politics. But what many people don't know is that, over the years, there have actually been more than 35 women who have run for President.

Today on the podcast, stories of three of those candidates: Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith, and Shirley Chisholm.

Stories of three women who launched bids to be President of the United States: Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith, and Shirley Chisholm.

50 years ago today, the Mexican army fired on a peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City. The official announcement...
10/02/2018
A Movement, a Massacre, and Mexico's 50 Year Search for the Truth - Radio Diaries

50 years ago today, the Mexican army fired on a peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City. The official announcement was that four students were dead, but eyewitnesses said they saw hundred of dead bodies being trucked away. The Tlatelolco Massacre is one of the darkest episodes in Mexican history. Over the years…the death toll isn’t the only thing the government has covered up. Produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes​ and Radio Diaries. http://www.radiodiaries.org/a-movement-a-massacre-and-mexicos-50-year-search-for-the-truth/

The secret behind the 1968 massacre of students in Tlatelolco.

In our latest podcast episode, we gave Judge Jeremiah, a Rhode Island juvenile court judge, and Matthew, a 16-year-old r...
09/20/2018
Podcast: Matthew and the Judge - Radio Diaries

In our latest podcast episode, we gave Judge Jeremiah, a Rhode Island juvenile court judge, and Matthew, a 16-year-old repeat offender, tape recorders. Through their audio diaries, Matthew and the judge tell the same story from opposite sides of the bench. http://www.radiodiaries.org/podcast-matthew-judge/

We gave Judge Jeremiah, a Rhode Island juvenile court judge, and Matthew, a 16-year-old repeat offender, tape recorders. Through their audio diaries, Matthew and the judge tell the same story from opposite sides of the bench.

08/29/2018
The Forgotten Uprising at Long Binh Jail

Listen to our latest story today on NPR, about an uprising at Long Binh Jail - a U.S. military prison for *American* soldiers during the Vietnam War. Broadcast is at 4:30 on NPR All Things Considered

Tune in to NPR All Things Considered at 4:20 pm EST. On this day in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on th...
08/06/2018
Mission to Hiroshima: The Last Witness

Tune in to NPR All Things Considered at 4:20 pm EST.

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in warfare. There were three strike planes that flew over Hiroshima that day and at 95 years old, Russell Gackenbach is the last surviving crew member. We're telling his story on the podcast as part of our series #LastWitness. http://www.radiodiaries.org/mission-to-hiroshima/

Russell Gackenbach is the only surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This is his story.

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