#32: The Square Deal

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Meet George F. Johnson, one of America's first 'welfare capitalists.'


#31: Fly Girls

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In the early 1940s, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots. They were known as the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots.


#30: Claudette Colvin – A “Teenage Rosa Parks”

Thursday, March 05, 2015

"History had me glued to the seat."


#29: First Kiss

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Josh Cutler has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. In this episode, listen to his teenage diary about getting his first kiss.


#28: The Greatest Songwriter You’ve Never Heard Of

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

You probably don't know her name, but you definitely know her songs. Rose Marie McCoy passed away recently at the age of 92. On this episode of the Radio Diaries Podcast, we’re remembering Rose and her music.


#27: George Wallace and the Legacy of a Sentence

Friday, January 23, 2015

It was just a single line in an inauguration speech given 50 years ago. But Alabama Governor George Wallace’s ‘Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever’ is remembered as one of the most vehement rallying cries against racial equality ...


#26: The View from the 79th Floor

Thursday, January 08, 2015

On July 28, 1945 an Army bomber pilot on a routine ferry mission found himself lost in the fog over Manhattan. A dictation machine in a nearby office happened to capture the sound of the plane as it hit the Empire State Building at the 79th floor.


#25: Miss Subways

Monday, December 22, 2014

A beauty pageant, for the working girl.


#24: Last Man on the Mountain – Updated

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In West Virginia, people say that in the old days, communities turned into ghost towns when the coal ran out. Now, they turn into ghost towns when mountaintop mines move in.


#23: Busman’s Holiday

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The story of William Cimillo, a New York City bus driver who snapped one day in 1947, left his regular route in the Bronx, and drove his municipal bus down to Florida.


#22: Weasel’s Diary, Revisited

Friday, November 07, 2014

Jose William Huezo Soriano - aka Weasel - is a 26-year-old Los Angeles resident who gets deported to his parents' home country of El Salvador, which he has not seen since the age of five.


#21: When Ground Zero was Radio Row

Friday, October 17, 2014

For more than four decades, the area around Cortlandt Street in lower Manhattan was the largest collection of radio and electronics stores in the world.


#20: When Borders Move

Monday, October 06, 2014

What happens when, instead of people crossing the border, the border crosses the people?


#19: Working, Then and Now

Monday, September 01, 2014

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's "Working," we bring you two of the lost interviews that never made it into the book: Helen Moog, a taxi driver and grandmother of five who happened to drive Studs to the Youngstown,


#18: Strange Fruit – Voices of a Lynching

Monday, August 25, 2014

An eerie photograph, a famous song, and the man who lived to tell the story.


#17: The Gospel Ranger

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outside the Appalachian mountains, his name was barely known. But Brother Claude Ely influenced some of the pioneers of rock & roll.


#16: “Halfrican” Revisited

Monday, June 23, 2014

When Jeff Rogers was 16 years old he started referring to himself as a “halfrican.” Jeff has a black father and a white mother. And like many teenagers, he was trying to figure out who he was.


#15: Walter the Seltzerman – It’s Not Easy Being Last

Monday, June 02, 2014

Once there were thousands of seltzer men in New York City. Today, Walter Backerman is one of the last.


Video Podcast: Help Kickstart Our New Season

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Check out our Kickstarter video. (Ira Glass has a cameo! ) If we reach our goal, we'll put out the Radio Diaries Podcast twice as often. Biweekly! bit.ly/RDKickstarter


#14: The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter

Monday, May 12, 2014

Asa Carter and Forrest Carter couldn't have been more different. But they shared a secret.