Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
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Featured story: The Oddest Town in America

Gibsonton, Florida: Where the Sideshow Went to Retire

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Featured story: The Radio Diaries DIY Handbook

A field guide for making radio.

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Featured story: Radio Diaries Live at the Moth

In a special Mother’s Day podcast, we’re bringing you Melissa’s story, as she told it live at The Moth.

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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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Melissa: 16 Years Later

As an 18 year old raised in the foster care system, Melissa took NPR listeners along when she gave birth to her son Issaiah. Sixteen years later she chronicles her life as a working single mother.

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Josh’s Diaries: Tourette’s / First Kiss

Josh has Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts.

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Portraits Extraordinary stories from ordinary places

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Selma Koch, Bra Saleswoman

94-year old Selma Koch runs the Town Shop, one of New York’s last old-style bra fitting shops.

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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 Weaving together oral histories and archival tape to bring the past to life

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Segregation Now, Segregation Forever: The Infamous Words of George Wallace

On the 50th anniversary of Wallace’s inaugural speech as the Governor of Alabama, Radio Diaries tells the story behind those infamous words, and the man who delivered them.

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Claudette Colvin: “A Teenage Rosa Parks”

What makes a hero? Why do we remember some stories and not others?

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