Sound Portraits: The First Documentary on Stonewall

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Photo by Harvey Wang

Photo by Harvey Wang

This documentary from Sound Portraits, broadcast on the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, is the first documentary - in any medium - about the riots. It weaves together the perspectives of the participants, from Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine, who marshaled the raid, to Sylvia Rivera, one of the drag queens who battled most fiercely that night. The piece was produced by David Isay with Michael Scherker, edited by Amy Goodman and mixed by Spider Ryder at WNYC.

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In order to listen to this documentary, you'll need to have Real Player installed on your computer. We know that's sort of a hassle these days, but trust us, it's worth the 30 seconds it will take to download it. (You can skip the Real home page and go straight to the free download area by clicking here.)

Once you've done that, cick here to listen.