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  • The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter | Joe Richman,Ron Taylor,Wayne Greenhaw,Dan Carter,Chuck Weeth,Betty Weeth

    The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter

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    • By Joe Richman, Ron Taylor, Wayne Greenhaw, and others
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    Asa Carter was a speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He penned one of the most infamous speeches of the era.... Wallace's Segregation Now, Segregation Forever address. Forrest Carter was a Cherokee writer who grew up in Tennessee. His autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, is a beloved classic that has sold millions of copies around the world. But these two men shared a secret.

  • Strange Fruit: Voices of a Lynching | Joe Richman,Sarah Kramer

    Strange Fruit: Voices of a Lynching

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    • By Joe Richman, Sarah Kramer
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    The images coming out of Ferguson, MO this summer have reminded us of another upsetting image of race in America. It's a photograph that was taken just a few hours from Ferguson, but eight decades ago...and it inspired the Billie Holiday song, "Strange Fruit." Listen to our story (and be advised that it is disturbing.) Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

  • Busman's Holiday | Joe Richman,Sarah Kate Kramer

    Busman's Holiday

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    • By Joe Richman, Sarah Kate Kramer
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    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. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

  • Contenders: America's Most Original Presidential Candidates | Joe Richman

    Contenders: America's Most Original Presidential Candidates

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    • By Joe Richman
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    The arduous, often unpredictable journey to the US presidency has attracted some of the most unique characters in history. With "unusual" presidential candidates grabbing headlines for the foreseeable future, Contenders shines a welcome spotlight on individuals who felt inspired to offer their uncommon perspectives and special talents to lead the nation.

  • Gibtown | Joe Richman

    Gibtown

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    • By Joe Richman
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Joe Richman
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    Gibsonton, Florida is the retirement and off-season home for hundreds of carnival and circus show people. Called "Gibtown" by many of its residents, the town was at one time considered the oddest place is America. You could walk into any restaurant and find the World's Only Living Half Girl sipping coffee with her 8 foot 4 inch husband, Giant Al. They, along with the Lobster Man, Alligator Skin Man and the Monkey Girl, among others, made their living touring with carnival sideshows.

  • My So Called Lungs | Joe Richman,Laura Rothenberg

    My So Called Lungs

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    • By Joe Richman, Laura Rothenberg
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Joe Richman, Laura Rothenberg
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    Laura Rothenberg is 21 years old, but, as she likes to say, she already had her mid-life crisis a couple of years ago; and even then it was a few years late. Laura has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and other organs. People with CF live an average of 30 years. Producer Joe Richman gave Laura a tape recorder. Laura kept an audio diary of her battle with the disease and her attempts to lead a normal life with lungs than often betrayed her. Laura died on March 20, 2003.

  • Teenage Diaries: Then and Now | Joe Richman, Radio Diaries

    Teenage Diaries: Then and Now

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    • By Joe Richman, Radio Diaries
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    Since 1996 the Teenage Diaries series has given tape recorders to young people around the country. They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life - usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR's All Things Considered.

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