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.
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.
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.
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.
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.