Radio Diaries

Radio Diaries & Radiotopia

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First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The e...Show More

59:29 | Sep 5th, 2019

In 1974, oral historian Studs Terkel published a book with an unwieldy title: "Working: People talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." This collective portrait of Americ...Show More

epekilis recommended:

Great episode featuring the work of one of America’s great journalists of the last century. Studs Terkel reminds me of Ernie Pyle in his fo...Show More

25:35 | Apr 4th, 2019

In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. He turned these interviews into a book called, “Working.” After...Show More

jspinelle recommended:

It was so interesting to hear how much has - and has - not changed since Studs Terkel’s recordings in the 1960s and 70s.

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41:50 | Oct 3rd, 2019

Every day, we go about our lives doing thousands of routine, mundane tasks. And sometimes, we make mistakes. Human error. It happens all the time. It just doesn’t always happen in a nuclear missile s...Show More

17:17 | Jun 20th, 2019

100 years ago, George F. Johnson ran the biggest shoe factory in the world. The Endicott-Johnson Corporation in upstate New York produced 52 million pairs of shoes a year. But Johnson wasn’t only kno...Show More

jspinelle recommended:

Fascinating look at a company town and the relationship between labor and capital. I wish the episode would have been longer!

11:45 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Nine months before Rosa Parks, a 15-year-old girl refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, AL.
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