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A new season of the Peabody Award winning public radio series, documenting the extraordinary stories of ordinary life.
A new season of the Peabody Award winning public radio series, documenting the extraordinary stories of ordinary life.
1,107 backers pledged $61,361 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!!!

And we have some big news:

We will receive TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE! All we have to do is reach 1000 backers by the end of our campaign, Friday June 27th at 5pm. It's an exciting and daunting challenge.

Get us there! Share our campaign with 3 of your friends who you think might also like the kind of stories we do. Even a $1 donation counts in the backer challenge!

To all of you who have already done this, THANK YOU!

Help us reach our Kickstarter goal and we will bring you a new season of Radio Diaries starting in September 2014. We’ll also be putting out the Radio Diaries Podcast twice as often. Biweekly

These are just some of the amazing stories we want to tell this year on NPR, This American Life, and on the Radio Diaries Podcast.
These are just some of the amazing stories we want to tell this year on NPR, This American Life, and on the Radio Diaries Podcast.

To get the best sense of what we do and why you should back this project:

  • Check out some of our work. You can stream all of our stories for free on our website: www.radiodiaries.org.

In our Kickstarter video, you hear a clip from our story Teen Contender, about 16-year-old Claressa Shields, who recorded her journey to become one of the first women to ever box in the Olympics. 

Listen to her radio story here:

After this story aired on NPR, Claressa became the first person in history to win both an Olympic Gold Medal and a Peabody Award in the same year.

Our Story

We’re a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by public radio producer Joe Richman. We give people tape recorders and ask them to document their lives. We’ve collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers….and along the way we’ve helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism. We tell these stories on NPR, This American Life, BBC and on the Radio Diaries Podcast, and we’ve won every major award in broadcast journalism. Stories like these:

Rewards

If you back the project, you’ll not only get to hear these stories, you’ll receive some sweet rewards: From Radio Diaries t-shirts and tote bags, to cassette-shaped flash drives of our best stories, to a D-I-Y storytelling guide, to one-on-one interviewing workshops, and even an audio portrait of you or a loved one for major contributors.

A special usb drive of "Radio Diaries Greatest Hits."
A special usb drive of "Radio Diaries Greatest Hits."
A storytelling guide for making your own radio diaries. (*This is a mock-up. Handbook will be designed this summer)
A storytelling guide for making your own radio diaries. (*This is a mock-up. Handbook will be designed this summer)

 One of these beautiful, working vintage radios could be yours:

Listen to the next season of Radio Diaries on one of these working vintage radios. (You can choose your own from our selection while supplies last!)
Listen to the next season of Radio Diaries on one of these working vintage radios. (You can choose your own from our selection while supplies last!)
Radio Diaries T-Shirts!
Radio Diaries T-Shirts!
Who doesn't need a tote bag?
Who doesn't need a tote bag?

Because Radio Diaries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation is also partially tax-deductible.

I'm in, how else can I help?

Along with your financial support, please help us spread the word about this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and by telling your friends. 

This is a big year at Radio Diaries. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Big thank you's to Radio Diaries Producer Sarah Kramer; our long time editors Deborah George and Ben Shapiro; Contributing producers Sue Jaye Johnson and Samara Freemark (Teen Contender); Video producer/editor Danya Abt; and Radio Diaries' Victor Lazaro and Nellie Gilles. Special thanks to the Radiotopia crew, PRX, Roman Mars and Alex Blumberg for being our Kickstarter spirit guides; Chris Turpin of NPR and Ira Glass of This American Life.

Risks and challenges

Journalism has changed a lot in the past decade, and the funding model has changed too. That’s one of the reasons we’re doing this Kickstarter campaign. It’s a time for experimentation and creative thinking about the way we work, and the way we support it. But the truth is, this is a new golden age for radio and podcasts. We’re super excited to be part of it.

We're radio producers, but we're also a small non-profit organization, which means we do a bit of everything. Now with this Kickstarter, we're also a t-shirt and tote bag shipping company. But that's part of our strength. It takes a lot more than doing interviews and cutting tape to get stories made. We approach everything with the same passion and care that we put into our radio stories...even stuffing envelopes.

Let us know if you have any questions for us about our work at Radio Diaries or this Kickstarter. Info[@]radiodiaries.org.

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    Radio Diaries Member – get a year of exclusive updates about everything we do, learn first about new stories, live events, and member-only benefits.

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    Radio Diaries Digital Super Pack – You get digital copies of everything we produce this season, including sneak preview clips & footage no one else will hear. Plus, Radio Diaries Membership.

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    The Public Radio Supporter: Tote bag or T-shirt! Both with big, awesome Radio Dairies logo (see pix). Plus, the Digital Super Pack and Radio Diaries Membership.

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    The Podcast Supporter: This is a special level for people who would like to support the Radio Diaries Podcast and the Radiotopia podcast collective we belong to. We'll give you an on-air shout-out on our podcast, thanking you by name--and send you a Radiotopia mug. A portion of this donation will go to all the podcasts in the Radiotopia collective. Plus, the Digital Super Pack and Radio Dairies Membership.

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    Radio Diaries D-I-Y Handbook. Want to know how to make this kind of work? We'll send you a beautifully designed book that tells you everything you need to know to make your own radio diaries. Plus, the Digital Super Pack and Radio Dairies Membership.

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    Ticket to a special event we are producing in collaboration with The Moth in Spring 2015, plus, Moth swag (cd collection, book, or t-shirt)! You'll be seated at the best table in the house.

    More about The Moth: http://themoth.org/

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    We'll send you a super cute USB drive in the shape of a cassette tape: "Radio Diaries Greatest Hits." Plus, the D-I-Y Handbook, our Digital Super Pack and Radio Dairies Membership.

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    Listen to the past with your very own working 1950s-60s vintage transistor radio from "The Radio Diaries Collection." (See photos at left.) Plus, we'll send you sneak preview clips of our upcoming stories and digital downloads of each story in the next season.

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    Visit us at the Radio Diaries office and have lunch with the Radio Diaries crew in New York City. We'll answer your questions about radio storytelling and give you behind-the-scenes access to our radio-making process. (Travel costs not included). Plus, Radio Diaries swag of your choice.

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    The Radio Diaries VIP Pass: Meet Radio Diaries producers and diarists; Get tickets and join us for private receptions before live events; receive sneak-preview clips of stories in-progress and copies of all our finished work; and be invited to participate in the Radio Diaries advisory board, where you can provide feedback and input about future Radio Diaries programs and activities. Plus, Radio Diaries swag of your choice.

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    A mysterious, transgressive adventure for two people, in a secret location in New York City, designed and led by Wanderlust Projects and Radio Diaries. This experience will be one-of-a-kind, designed specially for the participants. This could be for you and a companion, or consider making it a gift to friends. Learn more about Wanderlust here: http://wanderlustprojects.com/ Get in touch with info@radiodiaries.org directly if you are interested in this reward.

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    An underwriting spot on the Radio Diaries Podcast for your company, read by Joe Richman. (We retain the right to refuse certain messages and/or companies.) Get in touch with info@radiodiaries.org directly if you are interested in this reward.

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    A live Radio Diaries presentation for your group or company anywhere in the U.S. We will design a program specifically for your needs. Joe's transportation and lodging are additional, unless you're in the NYC area. OR: 5 hours of one-on-one storytelling mentoring. Note: this rate is about 1/2 the price of what this would cost outside of the Kickstarter campaign, so grab it now! Email to discuss details: info@radiodiaries.org

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    We will produce a sound portrait in the Radio Diaries style about you or a loved one. (This is a personal keepsake, not for radio broadcast). Travel costs not included. Get in touch with info@radiodiaries.org directly if you are interested in this reward.

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