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Radio Diaries on National Public Radio (NPR)

Radio Diaries is a nonprofit radio production company which looks "to find extraordinary stories in ordinary places, to create original and moving first-person documentaries - true radio verite - from voices that are rarely heard." And that it does. Radio Diaries staff train all kinds of people -- from teenagers to the elderly -- to become reporters. These fledgling reporters create tapes about their area of interest, tell their stories, and send their product back to Radio Diaries. A collaborative editing process then ensues, and the end product is aired as part of National Public Radio's All Things Considered. The Radio Diaries site brings together an amazing range of recorded stories divided into adult and teen areas. Two examples of diaries on the site include a piece by a teenager from New York City with Tourette's Syndrome as well as the story of the last two known remaining Civil War widows whose husbands fought on opposing sides of the war. Users can listen to the recordings using RealPlayer, or they can read transcripts; other materials are occasionally included too. The site encourages users to send in their own story ideas and will provide even more support for creative ventures with their Handbook for Teen Reporters (available in January of 2000). The site also has a store section where tapes of various radio diaries are for sale.
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