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The unintentional detail that fills the whole picture, the lucky accident that helps us understand the true story.

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A Teenage Diary, Lost and Found

14 years ago, Melissa Rodriguez disappeared. She walked out of her apartment in New Haven, left most of her belongings, changed her cell phone number, and didn’t tell her friends where she was going. All she took was her two-year old son, Issaiah, and a few photographs. A year ago, we received an email from her that inspired us to revisit our Teenage Diaries series.

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Radio Diaries Wins Gold at the Third Coast Festival

Teen boxer Claressa Shields says she’s never gotten anything other than gold, and at the Third Coast International Audio Festival she kept her record. Radio Diaries is incredibly proud to tell you that our story about Claressa, Teen Contender, won the prize for Best Documentary.

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Share Your Teenage Diary on Cowbird

To commemorate the “sweet 16” of the acclaimed Teenage Diaries project—where young people around the country are given tape recorders to report on their own lives for public radio—Radio Diaries and NPR are now teaming up with the storytelling platform Cowbird to gather new stories written, recorded and photographed by teens.

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The Cowbird Teenage Diaries Step-by-Step Guide

A collection of Cowbird Teenage Diaries will be featured on npr.org. Plus, two teens will be selected to work with Radio Diaries to produce audio Teenage Diaries that will air on NPR in 2013! Learn how to participate in this project.

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Claressa Shields wins Gold!

Wow! 17 year old Claressa Shields – our Teen Contender – just won the gold medal! It’s a historic moment: …

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Q: Who are you rooting for in the Olympics?

A: Claressa Shields!
At Radio Diaries we are throwing away all pretense of journalistic objectivity. After a long journey, Claressa’s going for the gold.

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Lost and Found Tape: Mandela’s Voice in Prison

While working on the documentary, Mandela: An Audio History, we stumbled across the only known recording of Nelson Mandela during his 27 years in prison. This is the story behind it.

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My Lunch With Nelson Mandela

Joe Richman spent more than a year trying to get an interview with Nelson Mandela for the radio series Mandela: An Audio History. When the day finally came, it was a total surprise.

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Celebrating Nelson Mandela

Radio Diaries will be celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy all week next week.
Stray tuned…

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Claressa “Teen Contender” Among the First Women to Box in the Olympics

Last month, we followed teen boxer Claressa Shields while she was preparing for the Summer Olympic Games 2012 in London.

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The Making of “Teen Contender” and Other Stories

Radio Diaries is profiled in the current “Why’s This So Good” feature from the Nieman Storyboard. Go ‘behind-the-scenes’ to find …

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Can Claressa Shields Remake Women’s Boxing?: The New Yorker

In this week’s New Yorker, Ariel Levy profiles Claressa Shields, the subject of our story from earlier this year, Teen …

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The Two Lives of Asa Carter: Trailer

Radio Diaries’ next story, “The Two lives of Asa Carter”, will be broadcast on NPR on Friday April 20 at …

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Radio Diaries songs from The Ghost of Joseph Buck

Over the past year, Americana band The Ghost of Joseph Buck has been writing and recording songs based on our …

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Teen Contender Audio Slideshow

“Teen Contender” airs today (Monday) on NPR’s All Things Considered at 4:30 PM (ET). At 16, Claressa Shields is the …

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Women Box Live Event with Rosie Perez

Get your tickets quick before they’re gone….Friday 2/10, photographer Sue Johnson and teen boxer Claressa Shields will join Rosie Perez …

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Women Box

In 2012, for the first time, women boxers will compete in the Olympics. We’re collaborating with the New York Times, …

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Lots of New Podcasts Up!

If you subscribe to our podcast, you’ll notice we’ve thrown a lot of podcasts up in the past month. If …

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A Lovely Animation for World AIDS Day

A couple of years ago, an animation student at CalArts named Jisoo Kim came to us with an idea. She …

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Robert Johnson, Pablo Casals….and ZZ Top

Our latest documentary airs today on NPR…..and it’s kind of a strange one. Strange and beautiful. And it may be …

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New story on NPR today!

Happy veterans day, all. We’ve been thinking about vets….and Occupy Wall Street….and how timely our latest documentary is. We’re looking …

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New Website!

Hello! Welcome to Radio Diaries’ new and improved website. We’re still in beta, and the site may still have some …

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