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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#20: When Borders Move

Monday, October 06, 2014

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

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#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,

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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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

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#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.

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#13: The Day Nelson Mandela Became Nelson Mandela

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The moment Nelson Mandela really became Nelson Mandela was on April 20th, 1964 - fifty years ago today. It happened when he stood up in a stuffy South African courtroom and gave a speech.

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#12: Frankie’s Teenage Diary, Revisited

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"I went from being on the front page for football, representing my itty-bitty school, to being on the front page as a thief and a meth head." - Frankie Lewchuck

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#11: Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On the night of May 7th, 1951, in the small town of Laurel, Mississippi, close to a thousand people gathered around the courthouse. They came to witness an execution. Willie McGee was a young black man who had been accused of raping a white woman...

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#10: Teenage Diaries Revisited 1-Hour Special

Monday, January 13, 2014

A lot of life happens in 16 years.

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#9: A Guitar, A Cello, and the Day that Changed Music

Friday, December 20, 2013

What would it sound like if one of the world's greatest classical cellists, and the most legendary blues guitarist of all time...jammed together?

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#8: Mandela: An Audio History

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The struggle against apartheid, told by the people who lived it.

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#7: The Last Man on the Mountain

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A profile of the last man standing.

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#6: The View From the 79th Floor

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On July 28, 1945 an army bomber pilot on a routine ferry mission found himself lost in the fog over Manhattan. Stories from the day a plane crashed into the Empire State Building.

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