Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
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The Kerner Commission Transcript

Host, Joe Richman: From PRX’s Radiotopia, this is Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richman. Today, books about racism have become bestsellers. …

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The Rise and Fall of Black Swan Records

The story of the first major black-owned record label and the mystery behind the man who created it.

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The Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 Years Later

Olivia Hooker was one of the last surviving witnesses to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

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Juan, 25 Years Later

25 years after recording his first audio diary, Juan is now on the verge of getting his green card.

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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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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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The Last Place

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

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Burma ’88: Buried History

On August 8, 1988, university students in Burma sparked an uprising against the military dictatorship.

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The Final Frontline

Fourth generation funeral directors reflect on their experience of the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for a second wave.

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Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

50 yrs ago, Shirley Chisholm was the first woman of color in Congress. She too was told to “go back from where you came from.”

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From Bullets to Balance Sheets

Now on the Radio Diaries Podcast: As a teenager, Kamari Ridgle was a drug dealer and drive-by shooter until a near-death experience led him to his true love…accounting.

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