Mandela: An Audio History

  About the documentary series  

Mandela: An Audio History is a 5-part radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings, the voice of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

Hosted by Desmond Tutu with and introduction from Nelson Mandela

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Available on iTunes

Mandela: An Audio History has been heard around the world on NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC, and is winner of the duPont-Columbia Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting.

"History is more than dates and places. As interpreted by Radio Diaries, history lives within people. It's the voices of individuals -- ranging from politicians to ordinary citizens -- that bring the history of South Africa to life. A striking mix of archival materials and contemporary reminiscences." - Boston Globe


Mandela: An Audio History is a production of Radio Diaries

Producers: Joe Richman (Radio Diaries) and Sue Johnson
Editors: Ben Shapiro, Deborah George
The series was mixed by Ben Shapiro
NPR's All Things Considered: Chris Turpin

Website designer/programmer:
Britta Frahm
Production Assistant: Willow Constantine
Transcriptions: Lindie Mlanjeni

The series was funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Many, many thanks
to all those who helped along the way: Chris Turpin (NPR), Angie Kapelianis, Teal Krech, Gail Berhmann, Angus Gibson, Dr. Nthato Motlana, Ahmed Kathrada, Allister Sparks, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane, Ilse Assman (SABC), Bernie Jacob (SABC), Bernard Monayi (SABC), Mike Roberts (SABC), Dawna Swinton-Diggs (CPB), Jenny Schmidt, Jason Beaubien, Lucinda Englehart, Phyllis Richman, Rick Stengel, Jo Menell, Tom Karis, Brian Tilley, Cliff Bestall, Sharon Gelman, Ann Cooper, Sandy Rattley, Stephen Smith (American Radio Works), Pieter Ferreira, David Fanning, John Matisonn, David Goldblatt, Indra DeLanneral, Elinor Sisulu, Graham Goddard, Zolile Mvunelo, Tshepo Moloi, and Christo Brand.

For the use of their archives, we are grateful to:

Mayibuye/Robben Island
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
National Archives (South Africa)
National Film Archives
Global Vision, Rory O'Connter and Danny Schecter


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