Radio Diaries

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.
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Telling the extraordinary stories of ordinary life.

Mission: To find extraordinary stories in ordinary places.

Once a year we ask you – our listeners – to support our work. ✨Here at Radio Diaries, we believe in making stories that ...
12/30/2019

Once a year we ask you – our listeners – to support our work. ✨Here at Radio Diaries, we believe in making stories that try to bridge the divide, stories that help us understand what it's like to live someone else's life. This is important work. Now more than ever. Journalism is under siege and that pushes us to work harder, with more rigor, purpose, and inspiration than ever before. If you believe in deeply researched, nuanced, and surprising stories, we ask that you support Radio Diaries before the end of the year. Every dollar goes a long way. Thanks and happy new year. ✨ https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/radiodiaries

Kudos to our alum Samara Freemark for her incredible work bringing Curtis Flowers' case to light with In the Dark
12/17/2019
Curtis Flowers released on bail

Kudos to our alum Samara Freemark for her incredible work bringing Curtis Flowers' case to light with In the Dark

A Mississippi judge allows Flowers to leave jail to await a possible seventh trial.

In our latest podcast episode, we revisit Thembi's Diary about living with AIDS in South Africa, and we introduce listen...
12/09/2019
Thembi's AIDS Diary - Radio Diaries

In our latest podcast episode, we revisit Thembi's Diary about living with AIDS in South Africa, and we introduce listeners to Thembi's daughter, Onwabo, who is now a teenager. This is a special one. http://www.radiodiaries.org/thembi/

Thembi Ngubane carried a tape recorder from 2004 to 2005 to document her life. She was willing to speak out at a time when very few South Africans were willing to say, “I have AIDS.”

Radiotopia
12/05/2019
Radiotopia

Radiotopia

“I believe in supporting the things I use, consume and love. And I hope you feel that way about the show you’re listening to right now.” - Joe Richman from Radio Diaries

Radio Diaries was a founding member of Radiotopia! Don't miss their mini episode: https://trib.al/wijOZUu

Friends! 📣 The Radiotopia Fundraiser is happening NOW and we need your help. 📣 We are a network of 18 fiercely independe...
12/05/2019
Radiotopia

Friends! 📣 The Radiotopia Fundraiser is happening NOW and we need your help. 📣 We are a network of 18 fiercely independent, story-driven shows. We pour a lot of work into producing these stories and then we give them away for free. It's a good model, it's how public media should work. But we rely on donations from listeners to keep the gears turning, to keep the microphones on. 🎤 Make your mark and donate at any level today so we can reach our goal. Go to www.radiotopia.fm

A curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts.

Sarah Kramer produced an audio walk of the new Essex Market that's pretty awesome (tho we are biased😜). Check it out! Th...
11/19/2019
The Essex Street Market

Sarah Kramer produced an audio walk of the new Essex Market that's pretty awesome (tho we are biased😜). Check it out! The walk starts on the southeast corner of Delancey and Essex Streets. Bring your headphones!

Listen to The Essex Street Market by Feed Me A Story #np on #SoundCloud

50 years ago today, on November 13, 1969, Spiro Agnew delivered the most famous speech ever given by a vice president. H...
11/13/2019
Podcast: The Press is the Enemy - Radio Diaries

50 years ago today, on November 13, 1969, Spiro Agnew delivered the most famous speech ever given by a vice president. His message: the media is biased.

The war between politicians and the media has a long history. Today on the podcast, the story of Agnew's speech. Also, the story of Adlai Stevenson, a presidential candidate doomed to fail on this new-fangled thing called television.

http://www.radiodiaries.org/podcast-press-enemy/

50 years ago, Spiro Agnew delivered what may be the most famous speech ever given by a vice president. His message: the media is biased.

Just spent three days reporting in the Lone Star State. Chasing our story through ranch land with the cacti and the cows...
11/05/2019

Just spent three days reporting in the Lone Star State. Chasing our story through ranch land with the cacti and the cows.
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#texas #lonestarstate #npr #storytelling #radio #podcast #radiodiaries #ranchlife #roadtrip @ San Antonio, Texas

This week's episode of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting... stories of lynching in America and descenda...
10/28/2019
The lynching of Thomas Finch

This week's episode of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting... stories of lynching in America and descendants hoping to uncover the truth. Includes our documentary about Willie McGee, who was executed in Mississippi in 1945. Plus, a visit to the Equal Justice Initiative National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-lynching-of-thomas-finch/

In 1936, a black man was killed by an Atlanta policeman who became a KKK leader. We explore why the city doesn’t recognize the case as a lynching.

During the war in Vietnam, there was a notorious American prison on the outskirts of Saigon…a prison for American soldie...
09/20/2019
Prisoners Of War - Radio Diaries

During the war in Vietnam, there was a notorious American prison on the outskirts of Saigon…a prison for American soldiers. Today on the podcast, we're revisiting this forgotten story. http://www.radiodiaries.org/prisoners-of-war/

During the war in Vietnam, there was a notorious American prison on the outskirts of Saigon...a prison for American soldiers.

"Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rath...
09/05/2019
The Working Tapes - Radio Diaries

"Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying." - Studs Terkel. #podcast http://www.radiodiaries.org/the-working-tapes/

In the early 1970's, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs.

Today, there's The Squad. But 50 years ago, there was only 1 woman of color in the U.S. Congress, Shirley Chisholm of Ne...
07/26/2019
Shirley Chisholm - Radio Diaries

Today, there's The Squad. But 50 years ago, there was only 1 woman of color in the U.S. Congress, Shirley Chisholm of New York City. And like the squad, Chisholm had also been told to "go back to where you came from." In 1969, she gave a speech at Howard University where she promised to "stay here and fight."

This week on the podcast, we bring you the story of Shirley Chisholm's unlikely presidential bid.
http://www.radiodiaries.org/shirley-chisholm/

Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to run for president. Her campaign slogan was "Unbossed and Unbought."

Radio Diaries alum Samara Freemark's amazing work featured (again) in the NYT!
07/15/2019
A Hit Podcast Finds ‘True Crime’ in the Justice System

Radio Diaries alum Samara Freemark's amazing work featured (again) in the NYT!

Facts brought to light by “In the Dark,” led by the reporter Madeleine Baran and the producer Samara Freemark, made their way to the Supreme Court.

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/

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