For fifteen years, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories for NPR. With this approach, Radio Diaries has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism and has produced some of the most acclaimed and innovative documentaries ever heard on public radio: Teenage Diaries, Prison Diaries, Diary of a Retirement Home, My So-Called Lungs, Thembi’s AIDS Diary and others. In this talk, Radio Diaries’ founder and executive producer, Joe Richman, will share clips from stories he’s produced with people whose health conditions shape their daily lives.
Joe Richman is an award-winning independent producer and reporter for NPR’s All Things Considered and the founder of Radio Diaries, a non-profit organization. The Los Angeles Times has called Richman “A kind of Studs Terkel of the airwaves.” Over the past 15 years, Radio Diaries has helped to pioneer a model of working with people to document their own lives for public radio. Richman worked for many years as a producer on NPR programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Car Talk and Heat. He also teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in New York City.
Presented in partnership with the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke, this talk is the third in a series of presentations by documentarians who have produced work that effectively renders medical experiences. The series is part of the Documenting Medicine Program, a collaboration between the Duke Graduate Medical Education Program and the Center for Documentary Studies. All talks are available on documentingmedicine.com/ To view other talks in this series, visit Documenting Medicine