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Radio Diaries

First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life.Radio Diaries is a proud member of PRX's Radiotopia network. http://www.radiotopia.fm/More from Radio Diaries »

Most Recent Episodes

Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair

On the night of May 7th, 1951, in the small town of Laurel, Mississippi, close to a thousand people gathered around the courthouse. They came to witness an execution. Willie McGee was a young black man who had been accused of raping a white woman... and sentenced to death. Six decades later, Bridgette McGee teamed up with Radio Diaries to find the truth about what happened to her grandfather.

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The Teenage Diaries Hour Special

A special 1-hour show hosted by Joe Richman, featuring 3 of the Teenage Diaries Revisited stories.

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A Guitar, A Cello, and the Day that Changed Music

What would it sound like if one of the world's greatest classical cellists, and the most legendary blues guitarist of all time...jammed together?

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Mandela: An Audio History

An award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. Hosted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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The Last Man on the Mountain

In the 1990s, Arch Coal began mountaintop removal mining in a corner of West Virginia called Pigeonroost Hollow. There used to be dozens of houses in the area, but now there is just one. It belongs to Jimmy Weekley.