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My So-Called Lungs

Laura Rothenberg is 21 years old, but likes to say that she's already had her mid-life crisis. Laura has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and other organs.

Best Documentary: Bronze2002 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2002 / Joe Richman / Laura Rothenberg / NPR, USA

Laura Rothenberg is 21 years old, but likes to say that she's already had her mid-life crisis. Laura has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and other organs.

People with CF live an average of 30 years. Two years ago, Laura was given a tape recorder, and since that time she has been keeping an audio diary of her battle with the disease and her attempts to lead a normal life with lungs than often betray her.

My So-Called Lungs won the Best Documentary : Bronze Award in the 2002 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


produced by

Joe Richman

Joe Richman (@RadioDiaries) is a Peabody Award-winning producer and reporter and the founder of Radio Diaries, a non-profit organization.


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