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WNYC News

Basquiat and Lawrence as Social Activists

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two new exhibits show how Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jacob Lawrence fought to portray the African-American experience in a white art world.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps Podcast 417: Remembering Wil Smith

Friday, March 13, 2015

Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of this interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.

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On Being

Michel Martin — The Fabric of Our Identity

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Michel Martin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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On Being

Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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WNYC News

Tupac On Broadway, Ya Hear Me?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The music of late rapper Tupac Shakur doesn't, on the face of it, seem like Broadway material. But the musical is poised to be one of the season's breakout hits.

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WNYC News

Making Comedy Out of Slavery and Prison Life

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Two young, African-American playwrights are making satire out of heavy topics. "We cry and laugh with the same muscle," says Marcus Gardley.

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The Takeaway

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on 500 Years of African American History

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The newest documentary by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., “The African Americans,” examines five centuries of African American history—from the first black conquistador to arrive in what's now America to the election of President Barack Obama. The series explores the evolution of the African American people, as well as the cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed against unimaginable odds.

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WNYC News

Marking Martin Luther King Jr Day

Sunday, January 20, 2013

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WNYC visits Morningside Heights to see how the neighborhood is marking the celebration - from bookstore displays to playground conversations.

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James L. Farmer Jr. Advocates Revolutionary Freedoms for African-Americans

Friday, September 21, 2012

"America is being forced to face itself," James Farmer proclaims in this 1963 Overseas Press Club appearance, before discussing the upcoming march on Washington and the historical roots of the civil rights struggle.

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Ralph Bunche Announces Landmark 1949 Arab-Israeli General Armistice Agreement

Friday, August 10, 2012

WNYC

In the early hours of February 24, 1949, on the Greek island of Rhodes, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche emerged from the Egyptian-Israeli talks to announce the signing of a General Armistice Agreement.

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The Takeaway

Diverse Neighborhood, Uniform Friends

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tanner Colby is what you might call a typical, liberal, city-dwelling, 30-something white guy. But one day he looked around and realized something: Despite living in Brooklyn, one of the most diverse cities in the world, he had no black friends.

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The Takeaway

Rev. Cynthia L. Hale on Race Relations Since Obama

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When he ran for President, then-Senator Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of hope. For many, that hope meant a post-racial era, one when an African-American man could lead a country with a sordid racial history. The Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, senior pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, doesn't think America is past racism but has hope for the future.

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The Takeaway

Co-Sponsor of Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Discusses Trayvon Martin Shooting

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Florida, there have been growing calls this week for lawmakers to revisit the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law — a piece of legislation that figures prominently in the story of the story of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's shooting. We speak with Florida state Republican Representative Dennis Baxley, one of the original sponsors of the “Stand Your Ground” legislation in the Florida House of Representatives in 2005.

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On Being

Tiya Miles — Toward Living Memory [remix]

Thursday, February 02, 2012

For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held bla

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[Unedited] Tiya Miles with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 02, 2012

For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held bla

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