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Diary of a Nation

32 EpisodesProduced by Christina ZlotnickWebsite

Diary of a Nation is a podcast exploring the human experience.

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E31: Criminals & Animal Cruelty

May 26th, 2022


Over the course of his careers as a police detective and an animal cruelty investigator, Steve Sprowl has seen the worst of humanity. He's a …

E30: Slava Ukraini

April 29th, 2022


War causes so much needless suffering, and Russia’s war with Ukraine is one distressing illustration. New Hampshire resident Marianna Lundberg grew up in Ukraine, in the port city of Odessa. Today, her mother and …

E29: I Quit Teaching

April 2nd, 2022


The New Hampshire high school teacher I interviewed for this episode did something quite rare in his profession. He quit during the school year. …

E28: What's So Funny?

February 11th, 2022


Carolyn Plummer has worked as a comic for nearly 25 years, and she's in the process of filming a sitcom pilot, "Finding the Funny". Later this year, …

E27: Frost Heaves, NH

December 23rd, 2021


Fred Marple is to New Hampshire what Garrison Keillor is to Minnesota. That is to say, Fred has a vivid imagination. Fred is an author, playwright, …

E26: The Coldest Man

December 8th, 2021


James Osborne is one of the coldest people to ever survive dry land hypothermia. He watched his friend die of the same fate during a winter hike in …

E25: Risky Business

November 1st, 2021


A New York woman climbed four of the famed Seven Summits but lost her life in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The core body temperature of a New Hampshire man dropped to a record 76 degrees in an unrelated …

E24: Ten in the Pen

October 11th, 2021


The following episode contains explicit language and descriptions of disturbing incidents. My guest spent a decade in prison after he accepted a plea …

E23: Mushroom Enthusiast

September 20th, 2021


In New Hampshire, this summer was a banner season for mushrooms. Enthusiast Christine Gagnon with the Uncanoonuc Foraging Company recently led me on …

E22: Revolutions, Romance, Cancer

August 31st, 2021


From opposing the death penalty despite the murder of his father to opposing nuclear power to defend the will of the people, the impact of Renny Cushing's activism reaches beyond the borders of his home state of New …

E21: A Suicide Every 40 Seconds

August 10th, 2021


Worldwide, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Steve Boczenowski's son, Jeffrey, died by suicide. So did my first boyfriend. Together, Steve and I share our loved ones' stories and discuss how to prevent more …

E20: Pet Stories

July 19th, 2021


A Saudi Arabian cat that immigrated to New Hampshire. A rooster that helped a teenager get to college. A dog that evaded cop cars and a helicopter. A …

E19: Escorts Enable Abortion Access

June 29th, 2021


Abortion is a constitutional right, though access in the US often depends on your resources and your zip code. New Hampshire activists Eileen and Bob serve as clinic escorts, enabling women to access abortion and other …

E18: First Black Family

June 8th, 2021


Were he alive, Harold Ward would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. As the oldest resident in town, he was the recipient of the Boston …

E17: Mothering Autism

May 18th, 2021


New Hampshire mother Carrie Cariello has five children. One of her sons has autism. She's a blogger and the author of two memoirs. Her experience has broadened my understanding of autism, and I hope her stories will do …

E16: IV Drug Use to Ivy League

April 27th, 2021


The US has waged a $1 trillion war on drugs. Even though opioid addiction has faded from the news cycle, drug overdoses have surged during the pandemic, and millions remain addicted. This month, my guest Katie …

E15: Man on Mars

April 6th, 2021


Massachusetts engineer Peter Degen-Portnoy made the news when the Mars One mission named him as a semifinalist in a competition that intended to …

E14: Lessons from the Dying

March 16th, 2021


Dr. Fred Grewe is a hospice chaplain, an author and a fellow podcaster. Over the past 15 years, he has served more than 3,000 people who have died. In this episode, he explains what the dying have taught him about …

E13: Teen Who Swam the English Channel

February 23rd, 2021


Vera Rivard was just 16 when she swam the English Channel last year, nearly a century after her idol did the same. Vera's 13-year-old sister Margaret …

E12: Part 2: 6.5 Years as a Vietnam POW

February 2nd, 2021


Part Two: In the final part of the interview, fighter pilot Capt. Hubert Buchanan discusses solitary confinement and various methods of communication …

E11: Part 1: 6.5 Years as a Vietnam POW

January 26th, 2021


The content in this episode is graphic and may be disturbing for some listeners. Former POW Capt. Hubert Buchanan was an Air Force fighter pilot when a Vietnamese fighter ace shot down his F-4 Phantom in 1966. He was …

E10: Pray Away the Gay

January 8th, 2021


A handful of landmark rulings over the past 25 years significantly advanced gay rights in the US. Despite that, institutions and individuals continue …

E9: I'm Sorry, You Have Breast Cancer

December 15th, 2020


Breast cancer dramatically changed Irene Alton. Today, she's a 5-year survivor. Listen as she describes the events leading up to her diagnosis, her cancer treatment and her life today. 

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E8: Whose Land is America?

November 24th, 2020


Abenaki Native Mali Obomsawin is an activist. She's also a member of the folk band, Lula Wiles. In this interview, she discusses her activism on …

E7: Part 3: Hidden in the Hay

November 3rd, 2020


Part Three: In the final part of the interview, Kati Preston discusses her associations with Israeli government officials and fellow Holocaust …

E6: Part 2: Hidden in the Hay

October 27th, 2020


Part Two: After the Holocaust, Kati Preston emigrates to Israel. She eventually becomes a highly-successful fashion designer, interacting with …

E5: Part 1: Hidden in the Hay

October 20th, 2020


The content in this episode is graphic and may be disturbing for some listeners. Holocaust survivor Kati Preston was just five years old when a …

E4: My Transition to a Woman

September 29th, 2020


The US is home to approximately 1.4 million transgender adults, yet most of us don't know anyone who is transgender. NH State Representative Gerri …

E3: Four Paws, Countless Adventures

September 8th, 2020


Randy Pierce knows life with and without eyesight. He's a husband, a dog lover, a runner, a mountain climber, and a motivational speaker. Yesterday, he ran the virtual Boston Marathon. Two days earlier, his guide dog …

E2: Politicians and the Power of Makeup

August 18th, 2020


Over the past three decades, makeup artist Kriss Blevens has enhanced the face of every single presidential candidate who has traveled to New …

E1: Call Me American

July 28th, 2020


Were it not for his incredible luck in winning a visa lottery slot, there's a good chance Somali immigrant Abdi Nor Iftin would instead be fighting …

Introduction to Diary of a Nation

July 27th, 2020


Diary of a Nation is produced and hosted by Christina Zlotnick. Follow the podcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at diaryofanation. Comments and …

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