September 8, 2006 On Sept. 8, 1906, the Bronx Zoo unveiled a new exhibit that would attract tens of thousands of visitors a day: Ota Benga, an African pygmy. From his life in the Belgian Congo to his death Lynchburg, Va., Ota Benga's story is as remarkable as it is tragic.
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June 16, 2006 Thirty years ago, the uprising of a group of schoolchildren forever changed South Africa's history. What began as a protest against a government education policy became a watershed moment in the fight against apartheid.
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April 19, 2006 Thembi Ngubane lives in one of South Africa's largest townships. She has a boyfriend and a close relationship with her mother and father. She is also living with AIDS. For a year, she recorded a diary that brings listeners into her home, among her family, to witness her daily struggles and triumphs.
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June 15, 2004 A century ago today, the steamship General Slocum and its 1,300 passengers began a journey up the East River for a church picnic on Long Island. But the Slocum never made it; it caught fire and sank, killing more than 1,000 people. The last living survivor tells the story.
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April 29, 2004 A five-part series looks at South Africa's half-century-long struggle for democracy through rare sound recordings — the voices of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, and those who fought with and against him.
December 1, 2003 On any given day, more than 2,000 patients pass through the gates of Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa. Almost half of them are HIV positive. Sister Agnes Ramashiga, an AIDS counselor at the hospital, takes us through an ordinary day on the frontlines in the war on AIDS.
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March 24, 2003 Award-winning reporter and producer Joe Richman first met Laura Rothenberg when he began recruiting young people to contribute to his Radio Diaries series. Rothenberg died last Thursday at age 22 after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis, but left behind a wealth of insights about her own mortality and a life worth living. Listen to My So-Called Lungs — the documentary featuring Rothenberg's diary entries — first heard on NPR in August 2002.
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December 18, 2002 Radio producer Joe Richman describes his experiences making radio diaries, in this essay first published in the quarterly review of Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
December 18, 2002 In the early 1940s when the Army Air Force faced a shortage of pilots, it launched an experimental program to train new ones — the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
August 5, 2002 Laura Rothenberg is 21 years old and she's already had her mid-life crisis. Laura has cystic fibrosis, a lung and digestive disease, and she's not expected to live far past age 30. Still, she fights for every year she can get. Monday on All Things Considered, hear "My So-Called Lungs" -- Laura Rothenberg's audio diary.(22:00) Laura's audio diary features instrumental bits of three pieces of music: Green Day's "Time of Your Life," Tom Waits' "Long Way Home" and Iron and Wine's "Faded Winter."
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