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Mandela: An Audio History

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election, Radio Diaries produced this five-part series featuring newly discovered archival tape of Nelson Mandela, his supporters, and detractors.

Best Documentary: Bronze2005 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2005 / Ben Shapiro / Joe Richman / Sue Jaye Johnson / All Things Considered, USA

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election, Radio Diaries produced this five-part series featuring newly discovered archival tape of Nelson Mandela, his supporters, and detractors.

In Part Two: The Underground Movement (1960-1964), Mandela launches the military wing of the African National Congress after its official banishment in 1960. Two years later, he is arrested and charged with high treason.

Mandela: An Audio History won the Best Documentary: Bronze Award in the 2005 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was mixed by Ben Shapiro and edited by Shapiro and Deborah George, and first aired on All Things Considered in 2004.


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Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a New York-based documentarian working in film, television, and radio.

Sue Jaye Johnson

Sue Jaye Johnson is an award-winning independent journalist and producer.


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