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#17: The Gospel Ranger

#17: The Gospel Ranger
3 years ago This is the story of a song, “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down,” written by a 12-year-old boy on his deathbed. A boy who – instead of dying – went on to become a Pentecostal preacher. A boy who would later help inspire the birth of Rock & Roll. ...

#16: “Halfrican” Revisited

#16: “Halfrican” Revisited
3 years, 1 month ago 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. We met Jeff back in 1998, and gave him a tape recorder so he ... When Je

#15: Walter the Seltzerman – It’s Not Easy Being Last

#15: Walter the Seltzerman – It’s Not Easy Being Last
3 years, 1 month ago Back in 1919, Walter Backerman’s grandfather delivered seltzer by horse and wagon on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Today, Walter continues to deliver seltzer around the streets of New York. Some customers, like Mildred Blitz, have been on the family route ... Back i

Video Podcast: Help Kickstart Our New Season

Video Podcast: Help Kickstart Our New Season
3 years, 1 month ago Check out our Kickstarter video. (Ira Glass has a cameo!) If we reach our goal, we will bring you a new season of Radio Diaries starting in September 2014. We’ll also be putting out the Radio Diaries Podcast twice as often. Biweekly! bit.ly/RDKickstarterCheck out our

#14: The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter

#14: The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter
3 years, 2 months ago 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 ... Asa Carter was

#13: The Day Nelson Mandela Became Nelson Mandela

#13: The Day Nelson Mandela Became Nelson Mandela
3 years, 3 months ago 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. 50 years is a long time. It’s long enough for things to become ... The moment

#12: Frankie’s Teenage Diary, Revisited

#12: Frankie’s Teenage Diary, Revisited
3 years, 4 months ago As a teenager, Frankie Lewchuck recorded an audio diary about his family in rural Alabama. 16 years later, he recorded a follow up story for the Teenage Diaries Revisited series: “I went from being on the front page for football, representing my itty- ... As a teenage

#11: Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair

#11: Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair
3 years, 5 months ago 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… and ... On th

#10: Teenage Diaries Revisited 1-Hour Special

#10: Teenage Diaries Revisited 1\u002DHour Special
3 years, 6 months ago Three stories from the Teenage Diaries Revisited series on NPR.Three stories from the Teenage Diaries Revisited series on NPR.

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

#9: A Guitar, A Cello, and the Day that Changed Music
3 years, 7 months ago 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?What would it sound like if one of the world’s greatest classical cellists, and the most legendary blues guitarist of all t