Mandela: An Audio History

Radio Diaries 1: The Birth of Apartheid

Mandela: An Audio History is an audio documentary on the struggle against apartheid through the intimate accounts of Nelson Mandela, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. The series weaves together first person interviews from the people on the front lines of history and dozens of rare archival recordings. These audio artefacts bring us into the courtroom on the day Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 and take us inside Robben Island during a Mandela family visit, a secret recording saved for more than two decades by a prison guard. Government propaganda films and pirate radio broadcasts from the ANC help to recreate the time and place that saw this extraordinary history unfold.  “Mandela: An Audio History” was produced by Radio Diaries. You can find out more about the project at and you can find more of their stories on the Radio Diaries Podcast.

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