Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
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Featured story: 25 Years of Radio Diaries

This week marks 25 years of Radio Diaries! On the podcast, we bring you an update on our very first diarist.

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Featured story: Busman’s Holiday

In 1947, a NYC bus driver took an impromptu 1,300-mile road trip in his municipal bus.

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Featured story: The Last Place

Audio diaries from inside a retirement home in Evanston, Illinois. Stories of love, life, and loneliness.

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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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My So-Called Lungs

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

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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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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 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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How to Lose an Election: A History

In every U.S. presidential election since 1896, the losing candidate has given a concession speech.

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