On Friday we began running about 30 stories from one of the greatest ongoing radio series of all time: Radio Diaries. Joe Richman, and his crew of Anayansi Diaz-Cortez and Samara Freemark, work with people to document their own lives for public radio. The diarists become public radio reporters like you’ve never heard before, and along with keeping their own audio journal, they record interviews and collect sound from their daily life. All along the way the Radio Diaries crew works with them and ultimately turns the 30+ hours of raw tape into the best documentary you could ever hope to hear on the radio. In true public radio tradition, you will be moved and learn something new, no doubt, but the greatness the Radio Diaries approach is that they are also poignant, charming, funny, joyful, and amazing entertainment. If you keep it tuned to XM 136 you’ll hear them playing around the clock, but you can also listen, find, rate all the Radio Diaries stories on demand at PRX.
Here are some of my favs:
FYI, Radio Diaries is currently seeking donations to support their new “The Human News Desk: Finding the News in Everyday Life” series. If you want public radio to continue to be amazing, supporting Radio Diaries is how you make that happen. Your donation is tax deductible and will make you feel awesome.