Radio Diaries Radio Diaries is a nonprofit project that works with people to document their own lives — in their own words — for public radio: teens, seniors, prison inmates and others whose voices are rarely heard. Produced by Joe Richman, the audio documentaries air on All Things Considered.

'Working' Then & Now: A Private Eye Roots Out Criminal Activity

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(Left to right) Promoter Eddie Jaffe (center) watches Rubin "Hurricane" Carter sign a contract before a fight in 1964; Sharon Griggins; Eddie Arroyo weighs in at Arlington Park in Chicago; policeman Renault Robinson in 1970. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images; Courtesy of Sharon Griggins; Courtesy of Eddie Arroyo; Lee Balterman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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'Working' Then And Now: Sharon Griggins, Phone Operator

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'Working' Then & Now: Black Chicago Police Officer

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Teenage Telephone Operator Reveals Loneliness In Terkel's 'Working'

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'Working' Then And Now: Terkel Talks To Car Parker Known As 'One Swing Al'

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Before 'Humans Of New York,' Terkel Showed Dignity In Everyday People In 'Working'

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Studs Terkel talks on his Chicago radio show in the late 1970s. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

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Majd kept a journal about a time in her life when she was torn between getting married or going to school. Courtesy of Madj hide caption

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Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?

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Bing Crosby, who was one of the most popular musicians of the time, recorded "Ballad for Americans." via Radio Diaries hide caption

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'Ballad For Americans' Sent 'Message Of Unity' In 1940 Presidential Race

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"I knew why they chose Rosa" Parks instead of her as a symbol of the civil rights movement, Colvin says. "They thought I would be too militant for them." Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

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Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

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President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Di­az Ordaz, with their wives, celebrate the dedication of the Chamizal Monument in Juarez, Mexico, on Oct. 28, 1967. The monument signified the international boundary marker between the two countries, designated in 1964. Yoichi Okam/Courtesy of the LBJ Presidential Library hide caption

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50 Years Ago, A Fluid Border Made The U.S. 1 Square Mile Smaller

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40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat

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Visit Mandela: An Audio History for more on this series. Photo courtesy of Mayibuye/Robben Island hide caption

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Nelson Mandela: An Audio History

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