Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
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Featured story: Podcast: The Square Deal

Some people called it “Welfare Capitalism.” George F. Johnson called it “The Square Deal.”

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Featured story: Amanda’s Diary, Revisited

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.

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Featured story: Remembering Olivia Hooker

Olivia Hooker was the last surviving witness to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

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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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Going Home: Cristel’s Diary

At 15, Cristel attacked a classmate with a razor blade. After 3 years of incarceration, she’s being released.

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Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl

Majd wants to be a scientist. Her family wants to arrange her marriage.

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Portraits Extraordinary stories from ordinary places

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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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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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Histories Exploring the past to tell the History of Now.

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The Gospel Ranger

Outside the Appalachian mountains, his name was barely known. But Claude Ely influenced some of the pioneers of rock & roll.

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West Side Story: Michael Farmer and the Murder that Shocked New York

More than fifty years ago, Puerto Rican and black gang members in New York City fatally stabbed Michael Farmer, a white teenager.

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