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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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Author Colson Whitehead on his new novel, “Sag Harbor,” a coming-of-age story in Long Island’s African-American summer community.

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Friday, March 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM

We talk with the Blind Boys of Alabama about their new album, and making music, “Down in New Orleans.”

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Introduction The popular enchantment with the art of letter writing can be traced back to the 1730s, when the poet Alexander Pope published his correspondence as literary works. Since then, hundreds of epistolary anthologies have been compiled, attesting to the enduring power of letters to satisfy our voyeuristic yearnings while animating and explicating facts. As […]

 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | 11:00 AM

A groundbreaking new anthology tells the African-American story through the letters of slaves, poets, statesmen, and lovers.

 
Friday, January 2, 2009 | 11:00 AM

On January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Historian Edna Greene Medford explains what it meant for African Americans, and how it resonates in the era of Obama.

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Legal eagle turned best-selling novelist Stephen Carter does it again, with black power brokers and the White House. He joins us.

 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 | 11:00 AM

When John Hope Franklin was six-years-old in rural Oklahoma, a white railway conductor literally threw this very young black American, and his mother, off the train — when they had the temerity to sit in a whites-only car. That was eighty-four years ago. Now John Hope Franklin is ninety, and one of the country’s most […]

 
Friday, September 6, 2002 | 11:00 AM

After being banned from performing at Washington DC’s Constitutional Hall because of her race, Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an enthusiastic audience of 75,000, whites and blacks together. We look back.

 
Monday, September 2, 2002 | 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Flash is one of the most influential pioneers in the musical genres that have come to be known as rap and hip-hop.

 
Friday, April 12, 2002 | 11:00 AM

Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album “What’s Going On?” has been called the greatest soul album of all time. It was Gaye’s first shot at producing his own work and Motown’s first shot at a “concept album” protesting everything from America’s involvement in Vietnam to the abuse of the environment. “What’s Going On” brought a political consciousness […]

 
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Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

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