• 2010
  • 22:58
  • USA

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Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair

By Joe Richman & Samara Freemark

On the night of May 7th, 1951, a thousand people gathered in Laurel, Mississippi, to witness the execution of Willie McGee, a black man convicted of raping a white woman. (more)

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  • 2013
  • 59:00
  • USA

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The Colors Show

By Katie Mingle

This hour: a purple hotel, a family who argues over their skin color, a singing rainbow and more. (more)

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  • 2010
  • 3:05
  • USA

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I Didn't Know That (A Short People's History of the United States)

By Stephanie Coleman

A young rendering of an old story. All contributors between the ages of five and eight. (more)

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  • 2005
  • 15:51
  • USA

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Mandela: An Audio History

By Joe Richman, Sue Jaye Johnson & Ben Shapiro

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election, Radio Diaries produced this five-part series featuring newly discovered archival tape of Nelson Mandela, his supporters, and detractors. (more)

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  • 2012
  • 3:02
  • USA

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Ray, White, and Blue

By Marisa Wong

Over ten years ago, two strangers were drawn together by a neighborhood handball court in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. (more)

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  • 2006
  • 3:03
  • USA

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This Was a Crucial Place

By Peter Crimmins

A former inmate (John McCullough), a former guard (Donald Vaughn) and Steve Buscemi guide the listener through 1960's prison reform via the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. (more)

Shortdocs06
  • 2008
  • 2:58
  • USA

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The Subtle Tongue of Racism Remains Unbitten in a "Post-Racial" America

By Will Wright

How do Anglos think black people talk -- and how does that feel? (more)

Shortdocs08
  • 2014
  • 57:30
  • USA

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Re:sound #188 The Tight Spaces Show

By Multiple

This hour we look at the ups and downs of confinement. (more)

Alex_eflon
  • 2010
  • 3:00
  • USA

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I Didn't Know That (I Was an Albino)

By Stephanie Foo

Thomas Bryant Jr. grew up as an African-American with albinism in Washington D.C. during the civil rights movement--a very complicated time to be in between. (more)

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  • 2007
  • 2:09
  • USA

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Big House / Disclosure

By Mendi and Keith Obadike

Big House/Disclosure is a multimedia project exploring the legacy of slavery, the genesis of house music, and Chicago’s role as the first U.S. city to adopt a Slavery-Era Disclosure Ordinance (which requires companies doing business with the city to reveal if they profited from slavery in the past). (more)

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  • 2010
  • 58:30
  • USA

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Re:sound #128: The Willie McGee Show

By Various

This hour: the story (and the story behind the story) of Willie McGee. (more)

Willie
  • 2002
  • 59:07
  • USA

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Our Day Will Come

By Lex Gillespie

Our Day Will Come explores the impact of R&B on America's civil rights movement, as well as the influence of the movement on popular music. (more)

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  • 2013
  • 50:28
  • USA

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As Black As We Wish to Be

By Lu Olkowski

There's a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that most look white. (more)

Judytanner
  • 2008
  • 13:44
  • USA

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Chosen People

By Eric Molinsky

At least forty thousand African Americans are practicing Jews. They call themselves Hebrew Israelites and their style of worship inspires a variety of reactions: enthusiasm, curiosity, and sometimes even outright hostility. (more)

Temple1_edited
  • 2004
  • 58:59
  • USA

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Re:sound #13: The Living Flag Show

By Various producers

This hour: reparations, repatriations, and the mystery of the earworm. (more)

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  • 2004
  • 83:16
  • USA

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The Two Towns of Jasper

By Whitney Dow & Marco Williams

Producers and long-time friends Whitney Dow and Marco Williams (Two Tone Productions) discuss the making of their film Two Towns of Jasper, a documentary about the racially motivated murder of James Byrd, who in 1998 was dragged to his death after being beaten then chained to the back of a pick-up truck in Jasper, Texas. (more)

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  • 2004
  • 59:00
  • USA

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Re:sound #4: The Investigation Show

By Assorted producers

This hour: a woman investigates a secluded religious community, another secretly tapes her interactions with paint store owners, and yet another peels back the layers of “geek speak.” (more)

Flightseries_2
  • 2005
  • 28:44
  • USA

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Dear Birth Mother

By Dan Collison & Elizabeth Meister

After waiting for Mr. Right (who has yet to arrive) and experiencing years of fertility treatments, Suzanne, a single woman in her 40s, decides to adopt an African-American baby. (more)

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  • 2010
  • 2:59
  • USA

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All You Need is a Wall - 1

By Jill Strauss

Grace De Pass is fascinated with life at the laundromat. Her first trip to one, back in 1964, was particularly memorable. (more)

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  • 2012
  • 2:59
  • USA

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The Color of Somebody's Skin

By Andy Mills

My neighbor Eddy Jr. shares his love and lament for the neighborhood he's called home all his life. (more)

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