°F September has started but the heat isn't leaving. Hear what this means for David the Times Square flyer guy.

#18: Strange Fruit

Thursday, August 06, 2015

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


#37: Mandela’s Prison Years

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

While Mandela and other political leaders languished in prison, the government cracked down. It seemed that resistance to apartheid had been crushed. But on June 16, 1976, a student uprising in Soweto sparked a new generation of activism. This is Chapter 3 of our documentary (and 2015 Audiobook of the Year) Mandela: An Audio History.


#36: A Visit to the Memory Palace

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Big, happy announcement: The Memory Palace is the newest member of Radiotopia! To celebrate, we bring you an episode from The Memory Palace, by Nate DiMeo. It's the story of Guglielmo Marconi, sometimes called the inventor of radio…and his dreams of a super-radio that would allow him to hear every sound ever made. We pair Marconi's story with our sound portrait of Frank Schubert, the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the U.S.


#35: Matthew and the Judge

Friday, June 05, 2015

We gave both Judge Jeremiah, a Rhode Island juvenile court judge, and Matthew, a 16-year-old repeat offender, tape recorders. Judge Jeremiah released Matthew early, for good behavior. Two weeks later, Matthew was arrested again for selling drugs. Through their diaries, Matthew and the judge tell the same story from two different sides of the bench.


#34: Seeing the Forrest Through the Little Trees

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Education of Little Tree is an iconic best-selling book, with a message about living in harmony with nature, and compassion for people of all kinds. But there’s a very different story behind the book. It begins with the most infamous racist political speech in American History. This week on the Radio Diaries Podcast, the true story of the untrue story of The Education of Little Tree.


#11: The Traveling Electric Chair

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Bridgette McGee grew up knowing nothing about her grandfather, Willie McGee. Now she is on a quest to unearth everything she can about his life – and his death.


#33: From Bullets to Balance Sheets

Friday, April 24, 2015

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.


#32: The Square Deal

Thursday, April 02, 2015

When George F. Johnson died, the nation witnessed one of the largest funerals in U.S. history. What did Johnson do? He made shoes. Lots of them. 100 years ago, the Endicott Johnson Corporation, headquartered in upstate New York, was the largest shoe factory in the world. But George F. Johnson wasn't only famous for his shoes. He also became known for his views on how a company should treat its workers. Some people called it "welfare capitalism." Johnson had a different name for it: The Square Deal. If you're a fan of the Radio Diaries Podcast - and you want a chance to win a pair of Tivoli headphones - please fill out our listener survey at


#31: Fly Girls

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In the early 1940s, the US Airforce faced a dilemma. Thousands of new airplanes were coming off assembly lines and needed to be delivered to military bases nationwide, yet most of America’s pilots were overseas fighting the war. To solve the problem, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots. They were known as the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Please take our listener survey!


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

Thursday, March 05, 2015

When Claudette Colvin was 15, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, AL. "History had me glued to the seat," she said.


#29: First Kiss

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"What I have here is an envelope on which this girl Nicole wrote down instructions on how to kiss. It says: 'pucker lips, slowly open mouth, slowly slide tongue in, repeat steps 1, 2, and 3.' She made that list for me because I made out with her and she said I was doing it wrong. So I guess that's the main thing I learned this summer."


#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 in American history.


#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. Find out what happened next in this episode […]


#25: Miss Subways

Monday, December 22, 2014

Beauty pageants promote the fantasy of the ideal woman. But for 35 years, one contest in New York City celebrated the everyday working girl. Each month starting in 1941, a young woman was elected “Miss Subways,” and her face gazed down on transit riders as they rode through the city. Her photo was accompanied by […]


#24: Last Man on the Mountain – Updated

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A few years ago, we produced a story about the greatest underdog we’d ever met: Jimmy Weekley. Jimmy was the last remaining resident of Pigeonroost Hollow, West Virginia. Jimmy spent most of the last two decades fighting one of the largest coal companies in the country in an attempt to save his hometown. He said […]


#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

"To invent ... you need a good imagination. And a pile of junk." - Thomas Edison.


#20: When Borders Move

Monday, October 06, 2014

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