Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
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Featured story: Claudette Colvin: “History Had Me Glued To The Seat”

You know the story of Rosa Parks. But have you heard of Claudette Colvin?

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Featured story: A Voicemail Valentine

Audio love letters recorded around the world in the 1930s and 40s.

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Featured story: Podcast: My So-Called Lungs

Laura Rothenberg tried to live a normal life, with the awareness that she might not live to see her 30th birthday.

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Diaries We give people tape recorders and help them document their own lives in their own words

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Frankie: 16 Years Later

As a teenager, Frankie recorded his life as a high school football star. 16 years later and with a baby on the way, he shares his struggle with drug addiction.

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The Last Place: Diary of a Retirement Home

A group of residents of The Presbyterian Home use tape recorders to document their lives.

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Portraits Extraordinary stories from ordinary places

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Walter Backerman, Seltzer Man

Once there were thousands of seltzer men in New York City. Today, Walter Backerman is one of the last.

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The Last Man on the Mountain

In the 1990s, Arch Coal began mining Pigeonroost Hollow. Now Jimmy Weekley is the last person left there.

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Histories Exploring the past to tell the History of Now.

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The Dropped Wrench

Sometimes we make mistakes. They just don’t always happen in a nuclear missile silo. This story was produced in collaboration with This American Life.

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Becoming Nelson Mandela

Mandela was a lawyer, freedom fighter, leader of the African National Congress, and finally, president.

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