Join us for a curated presentation of special programs from public radio producers across the country.
Española, New Mexico is known as the first Capitol City in America. Settled by Spanish conquistadors in 1598, the area's rich cultural past is still evident today in it's music, art, and way of life. But changing demographics, along with a shift in the local economy has left many residents without land, water, and a sense of identity. State of the Re:Union travels to the Española Valley of Northern New Mexico to explore the area's history of dispossession, and to discover what the rest of the country can learn from this still vital region of the American Southwest.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” is an iconic moment in the history of civil rights. But this historic moment may have never happened if it weren’t for a man standing in King’s shadow, Bayard Rustin, a man with a number of seemingly incompatible labels: black, gay, Quaker. Although he had numerous passions and pursuits, his most transformative act, was to counsel MLK on the use of non-violent resistance. Rustin also helped to engineer the March on Washington and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Why is Rustin not synonymous with Civil Rights? This program is hosted by Al Letson.
The legendary artistic director, choreographer and dancer reminisces about listening to B.B. King back when he and his parents pulled potatoes as migrant workers; discovering Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez at college; and sharing Barbra Streisand recordings with his late partner, Arnie Zane, with whom he founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Maya Angelou celebrates Black History Month by hosting a special program on public radio. Special guests include Chris Rock, Lee Daniels, Common and Cornel West.
This new American RadioWorks program shines a light on the stories and strategies of the white opponents in Mississippi during the '60s, including their extraordinary tactics used to battle integration—and the legacy they left.
This new American RadioWorks program traces the last half-century of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum.
A musical portrait of the wife of late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Julliard-trained pianist who performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Known as the “darling of Café Society,” Hazel Scott became a trailblazer in Hollywood; an outspoken civil rights activist which made her a political target; and ultimately, an outcast, ostracized by the Church community because of her music.
A new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were bulldozed in the 1960s to make way for highways. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail. This collaborative reporting project from Transportation Nation and WNYC visits communities across America where people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.
For generations, African American orators have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of democracy.
In this special town hall program, an audience in Washington DC speaks with local Afghans in Kabul about life in the battlefield. And an Afghan audience speaks with Americans about what it’s like fighting in a foreign land.
WNYC honors Black History Month throughout February with special programming.
Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death") details an epic fencing match, a wallflower teaches herself the slide and ends up in the spotlight, an addict risks a devastating loss while visiting a crack house, a flight attendant contends with a passenger on his final flight, and a good Samaritan regrets a seemingly good deed. Hosted by Sarah Austin Jenness, Producing Director of The Moth.
A socialite-turned social activist inherits her mother's hunting trophy collection (Bokara Legendre), a hospital orderly with an attitude problem is put to the test (Jon Levin) and Tony Hendra takes us on the set of the groundbreaking hilarious 1984 mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap." Hosted by Moth founder George Dawes Green.
Host Majora Carter takes a fresh look at the reach of King's influence. Some of the most interesting voices in civil rights today weigh in and help us gauge how far we've come. Meet a minister who suggests that King's legacy holds no meaning for today's children, and author and activist Dr. Vincent Harding, who recalls his association with Dr. King. Find out how King's dream has expanded beyond the black community through the work of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, and Judy Bonds, a rural white woman fighting mountaintop mining.
WNYC celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk with Me") goes through a breakup on a remote island, two women meet by chance on a dark street and share secrets (Jenifer Hixson), a father (Al Letson) admits he was not quite ready for a second child, and a live calf shows up for Thanksgiving dinner (Jeffery Rudell). Hosted by Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth.
An evangelist searches for souls and customers in the aisles of a Target store, an adolescent money-making scheme is hatched in 1970s Spanish Harlem, filmmaker Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) pays tribute to his father, and Dan Kennedy has an unforgettable therapy session with a social worker named Milton. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson.
A young woman meets her brother for the first time at their father's funeral, a professional blackjack player faces down his gambling demons, and Colin Quinn (Weekend Update, SNL) is hired to do comedy for Robert DeNiro's birthday party...and bombs. Hosted by comic and author Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk with Me").
From the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, WNYC's John Schaefer hosts Paul Winter's unique exploration of the solstice tradition in cultures near and far. Paul Winter is joined by musicians from all over the world, including Russia's Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble and gospel singer Theresa Thomasson.
Vermont Public Radio examines the last decade of significant change in marriage rights for same-sex couples including the politics legalities and advocacy efforts in various states, with particular attention to Vermont, Massachusetts, California, Iowa and Maine.