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Radio Diaries
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 1,339 ratings
I absolutely love the stories told here, the quality is unmatched. But to listen to this podcast in a sequential order is beyond painful with how often the stories are repeated. I don’t come to a podcast for reruns. If you don’t have new content you don’t have to post old content just to fill...Read full review »
Ravanod via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
This past week I binged all 160+ episodes. At first I really enjoyed all the stories, but then after a while I started noticing that they just keep recycling the same 20-25 stories over and over again. How many times do we have to hear “Amy‘s Diary“? How many times are you going to replay Studs...Read full review »
Gabor the Blind Guy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/04/21
Love it
Amazing to hear people’s stories.
Beki1020 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/02/21
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