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A Voicemail Valentine Transcript

Joe Richman: From PRX’s Radiotopia, this is Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richman.   Archival: Now by virtue of the authority …

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Sofia’s Choice Transcript

Joe Richman: From PRX’s Radiotopia. This is Radio Diaries, I’m Joe Richman In times of war, one of the most …

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The Forgotten Story of ClintonMelton [Transcript]

Joe Richman: From PRX’s Radiotopia, this Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richman. This week, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would …

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The Forgotten Story of Clinton Melton

Earlier this month, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime. The new Emmett Till …

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Claudette Colvin: Making Trouble Then and Now [Transcript]

Joe Richman: From PRX is Radiotopia. This is Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richman. We’re proud to be part of a …

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Claudette Colvin: Making Trouble Then and Now

Claudette Colvin grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. On March 2, 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a crowded bus, violating the city’s segregation laws. The bus driver called the police, but Colvin refused to move.

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A Voicemail Valentine

Nowadays, we’re very accustomed to recording and hearing the sound of our own voices. But in the 1930s, many people …

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Diary of a Saudi Girl: Then & Now

We’re bringing you a new conversation from one of our favorite diarists, Majd Abdulghani. When we first met Majd, she …

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A Museum of Sound

Thanks to the Music Modernization Act, tens of thousands of recordings made before 1923 will enter the public domain for the very first time on January 1, 2022.

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A Museum of Sound Transcript

Archival Audio: Radiotopia Joe: From PRX’s Radiotopia, this is Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richman. This year as a pandemic project, …

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A Real Life West Side Story Transcript

A Real Life West Side Story Joe Richman, host: From PRX’s Radiotopia. This is Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richman. A …

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My Iron Lung Transcript

Joe Richman, Host: In the first half of the 20th century, the disease known as polio myelitis (my-eh-LIGHT-is) panicked Americans. …

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The Two Lives of Asa Carter Transcript

This episode contains disturbing language.   Joe Richman from PRX’s Radiotopia, this is Radio Diaries. I’m Joe Richmond. Today on …

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The Two Lives of Asa Carter

Former Klansman Asa Carter was a segregationist speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He most infamously penned the words ”segregation …

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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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When Ground Zero was Radio Row

When City Radio opened on New York City’s Cortlandt Street in 1921, radio was a novelty. Over the next few decades, hundreds of stores popped up in the neighborhood: Leotone Radio, Cantor the Cabinet King, and Blan the Radio Man.

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Last Witness: The Kerner Commission

Former Senator Oklahoma Fred Harris is the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission, a group appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the root causes of the violence and civil unrest that swept the nation in the late ’60s.

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Prisoners of War

During the war in Vietnam, there was a notorious American military prison on the outskirts of Saigon called Long Binh …

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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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Love from Six Feet Apart (Revisited)

Checking in on two Hunker Down Diaries: the couple social distancing under the same roof. And a dispatch from the pizzeria.

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Home is Where You Park Your Mini Van

As the pandemic hit, Naida Lavon found herself without a home and without a job. Part of our Hunker Down Diaries series.

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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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Last Witness: The General Slocum

In 1904, a steamship on its way to a church picnic sank in the East River. More than 1,000 people, many of them women and children, died in the disaster.

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Strange Fruit and the Inauguration

British Singer Rebecca Ferguson wanted to sing Strange Fruit at Donald Trump’s Inauguration. This is the story behind the song.

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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. On the Radio Diaries podcast, we are celebrating …

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The Rubber Room

The true story of little-known rooms in the New York City Board of Education building. Teachers are told to report there instead of their classrooms. No reason is usually given.

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Esperanza Garden

Esperanza Garden was a much-loved community space in Manhattan’s East Village…until city bulldozers arrived to tear it down.

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