Joe Richman

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'Ballad For Americans' Sent 'Message Of Unity' In 1940 Presidential Race

Thursday, November 05, 2015

In the 1940 presidential campaign, one song reached across party lines and had everyone cheering. It was an unlikely hit: "The Ballad for Americans," an operatic folk cantata that ran 10 minutes.


Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

Monday, March 02, 2015

Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history.


Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Rose Marie McCoy was one of the most prolific songwriters of last century, though her name is not well known. She died last month at the age of 92.


Unearthing Lost Mandela Audio, Giving Voice To Lost Stories

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Radio producer Joe Richman tells the story of how he discovered the tape of Nelson Mandela's famous speech at his 1964 sabotage trial, where he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.


Shaping 'Teenage Diaries': Intimacies, Difficulties, Life

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

In 1996, independent producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a group of teens and let them report on their lives. "There is something magical about handing someone a tape recorder...


Re-Visiting the Radio Diaries

Monday, May 06, 2013

Radio Diaries is revisiting some of their original teenage diarists. Joe Richman, founder and executive producer of the show, discusses the project and plays some tape. Plus, two of the diarists discuss their pieces: Amanda Brand, who reported on coming out to her conservative Catholic parents; and Juan, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who now has a family and full-time job in Denver, CO.

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Teen Diaries and the Power of Being Your Own Storyteller

Monday, May 06, 2013

Sixteen years ago, producer Joe Richman gave group of teenagers tape recorders and asked them to report on their own lives. Armed with recording equipment, they told their stories, an...


Rat Tales, Flu Victims and Life Coaching

Sunday, December 01, 2002

Sure, it’s important to give thanks. But sometimes, don’t you just want to complain a little? This week, we contemplate some of the less pleasurable aspects of life, from getting the flu to finding rats in your apartment. But don’t despair; we’ve also got advice from a life coach, in ...


The Seltzer Man: New York Works

Friday, January 18, 2002

Once upon a time in New York City, the seltzer man with his horse drawn wagon was a familiar sight...delivering bottles of fizzy water to the city's tenement dwellers. One of them was Jacob Rosenbloom who began his career on the Lower East Aide in ...