Radio Diaries

Radio Diaries presents first-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history. Episodes tell the extraordinary stories of ordinary life, from teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, gospel preachers to bra saleswomen. Based in Brooklyn, NY.



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Meet the host

Joe Richman

Creator & Host

Joe Richman is a Peabody Award-winning producer and reporter and the founder of Radio Diaries. For two decades, the show has helped pioneer a model for working with people to document their own lives for public radio. Through his career, Joe has interviewed hundreds of people, from a seltzer delivery man to a Civil War widow to Nelson Mandela. The LA Times called Joe “a kind of Studs Terkel of the airwaves”.

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