Black History Month Programming

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Black History Month Programming

from With Good Reason

New This Year:

  • The HBCU Renaissance (One Hour)
  • Expanding Our Origin Story (One Hour)
  • Homecoming (One Hour)
  • Riding Jane Crow (Half Hour)
  • The Health Gap (Half Hour)

Available on PRX, AudioPort, and Download

The HBCU Renaissance 
HBCUs are experiencing a renaissance, sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for racial justice.  Plus: HBCU bands like the Trojan Explosion play with power and energy. That unique HBCU sound and style is the pinnacle of Black musical excellence.  And: Jemayne King is both a proud sneakerhead and an English professor at Virginia State University. He’s teaching the first ever college English course on sneaker culture at HBCU’s.  
PRX: Hour, Half-Hour AudioPort: Hour, Half-Hour Download: Request
Expanding Our Origin Story 
Clint Smith of The Atlantic, is the author of the award-winning book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. He traveled to 9 historic sites to understand how slavery is remembered and taught in America today.  And:  Gayle Jessup White’s memoir chronicles her journey to uncover her family’s slave roots at Jefferson’s home Monticello.   
PRX: Hour, Half-Hour AudioPort: Hour, Half-Hour Download: Request
The Homecoming 
America’s first federally registered Black neighborhood is getting some love. Jackson Ward in Richmond Virginia, was once known as the Harlem of the South. Now two sisters are working to restore it, starting with the home of the first Black homeowner there, Abraham Skipwith.  Also: Richmond may soon become the top destination for Americans to learn about Black American history.   
PRX: Hour, AudioPort: Hour, Download: Request
Riding Jane Crow 
Black women are critical to the history of the American railroad. Miriam Thaggert illuminates the experiences of women and trains in her book, Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad.  Plus: A new book by Michael Hall reveals how black writers of the Jim Crow era found ways to circumvent hostilities and travel restrictions.   
PRX: Hour, Half-Hour AudioPort: Hour, Half-Hour Download: Request
The Health Gap Racism’s direct impact on health is well-documented. What we know less about is how to fix it.  And: Cancer is caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental causes. Researchers are trying to understand the particular factors that cause African Americans to get colon cancer at much higher rates than white Americans.   PRX: Hour, Half-Hour AudioPort: Hour, Half-Hour Download: Request

More Black History Month programs that celebrate the lives and contributions of African Americans are available on PRX

Is Elon Musk Killing Twitter?

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Is Elon Musk Killing Twitter?

New debate from IQ2 – AVAILABLE on January 20th

These days, the bird’s the word. Since shelling out $44 billion for Twitter, critics say Elon Musk is knocking the social media giant off its perch. Under his guidance, a slew of firings, a resurgence of unsavory Tweeters, and a bevy of on-again, off-again bans, have all raised questions about the platform’s long-term viability. Some investors have labeled Musk an albatross around Twitter’s neck, calling for him to stay focused on Tesla and SpaceX. Others say Musk is actually freeing the bird from anti-conservative censorship, which will engender more open discourse. His moves, they say, are all a part of a broader business acumen that has proven successful in the past.

In that context, Intelligence Squared will ask the timely question of whether Elon Musk is killing Twitter.

Available: Content Depot & PRX

Length: One hour

Cost: FREE

Cozy up this Winter

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Cozy up this Winter

Sound Beat has grown steadily to become one of Public Radio’s most popular daily features    A free, daily, 90 second feature, Sound Beat highlights the holdings of the Syracuse University Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive, one of the largest sound archives in the United States.    

Like a trip through the history of recorded sound, Sound Beat episodes feature rare and unique recordings from the Archive, and entertaining backstorys detailing their place in recording history. 

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The Best of Broadway and Hollywood

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The Best of Broadway and Hollywood

Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical 

Public Radio’s Most Popular and Longest Running Broadway and Hollywood Musical Program

Since 1998, Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical has been presenting the best of Broadway and Hollywood, from the early 20th century to current hits: from Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers & Hammerstein to Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The best of Broadway and Hollywood music including rarely heard recordings.

“Bill Rudman brings musical theater history to life with charm, wit, insight, warmth, convivial chat and a wealth of knowledge”.

Entertaining and insightful backstage stories, anecdotes, and historical perspectives from Host and Producer Bill Rudman, a nationally recognized authority on musical theatre.

 “I don’t know which I prefer: the music or your informative and entertaining commentary. BOTH are excellent!”

Exclusive archival interviews with, and in-depth interviews with of  such acclaimed artists as lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me), composer John Kander (Cabaret and Chicago) and singers Mandy Patinkin and the late Barbara Cook, and many more!

“Bill’s in-depth interviews with all manner of artists provide a permanent, irreplaceable archive.”

Cost: FREE

Length: 56:50

Available: PRX Automated Delivery, Downloads


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Join WNYC (SAT 6PM following All Things Considered), WLRN, WGCU, WBHM, WYSO, KVPR, Wyoming Public Radio and other great stations in adding the new Intelligence Squared Weekly.

Previously available only as specials, the Award-winning Intelligence Square is now a weekly program.

This powerful new weekly offering provides a model for exchanging ideas with civility and respect in the public square – something America needs now more than ever.

Founded in 2006, Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics.

Over the last year The show experienced a 40% increase in carriage, especially related to debates that are unfolding around us in real time: COVID questions, the economy, and technology trends, just to name a few. Intelligence Squared is restoring balance to our divided nation, and is sparking curiosity with new debates on important cultural, domestic and foreign policy issues

Moderated by Emmy Award winning ABC News correspondent John Donvan, The Intelligence Squared weekly program will present trusted and lively bi-partisan discussions with world thinkers, policy makers and journalists through a mix of formats: Agree To Disagree which features a one-on-one debate; Oxford-style which brings on teams of two; and intimate conversations on questions surrounding debate.

Available: Content Depot & PRX Length: One Hour Cost: FREE