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Taking A Closer Look At Milgram's Shocking Obedience Study

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In the early 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a controversial study in which participants were led to believe they were administering painful, high-voltage shocks to other subjects. Gina Perry, author of Behind the Shock Machine, says the study has "taken on a life of its own."

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Speaking At The Lincoln Memorial, Obama Assesses 'The Dream'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

President Obama delivered a nuanced analysis of the progress of Martin Luther King's dream on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

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The Takeaway

50 Years After the March on Washington, A Look At Dreams for the Next 50 Years

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we turn an eye toward the future of the civil rights movement and the dreams of this generation of activists. Rashad Robinson is the Executive Director of Color of Change, and Majora Carter is the founder of the non-profit Sustainable Bronx. They are just two examples of black Americans who are dedicating their lives to improving the lives of some of America's most marginalized communities.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

On MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr.  was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, on Good Friday, April 12, 1963, and while he was in jail, he saw in the newspaper a statement from eight "moderate" clergymen who branded the civil rights protests extremist and "untimely." King drafted a furious rebuttal that became known as the "Letter from Birmingham Jail"—a work that would become a masterpieces of American moral argument and would inspire not just the marchers of Birmingham and Selma, but peaceful insurgents from Tiananmen to Tahrir Squares. Jonathan Rieder discusses the Letter, looking at its timeless message and its crucial position in the history of civil rights. His book Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation gives us a new perspective on the Letter and the man who wrote it.

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Rep. Lewis: 'I Gave A Little Blood Here And There'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Congressman John Lewis is a senior statesman now, but he was just 23 when he spoke at the March on Washington. He tells host Michel Martin what went through his mind during that historical moment, and what young people can learn about the movement today.

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Civil Rights Fight Of Today: Complacency?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Host Michel Martin talks with a group of young leaders about the future of civil rights. She asks about the social justice issues of today and the evolution of activism.

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Features

Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Even though the March on Washington was nonviolent, many braced for riots. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch about the story behind the march.

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Features

Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.

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What Do We Forget When We Remember History?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

All summer long, we've been retelling the details of the historic summer of 1963. But even if we told every story captured in the newspapers of the era, we wouldn't be able to present a complete picture of that time.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“King: A Filmed Record”

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Richard Kaplan discusses the “King: A Filmed Record,” which chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, from the start of his non-violent campaign for equal rights to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Candid footage of Dr. King and newsreel coverage of the protests and counter-protests are accompanied by narrators including Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward. “King: A Filmed Record” is playing at Film Forum at 7:10 pm, on August 28.

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The Takeaway

Roundtable: The March on Washington & The Future of the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the future of the civil rights movement and what can be done to accomplish the objectives of the March on Washington, which took place 50 years ago today, is Farai Chideya, a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute; Peter Blair Henry, the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business; and George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On Aug. 28, 1963, Lewis was the youngest speaker to address the estimated quarter-million people gathered in Washington. Now a Georgia congressman, Lewis is still speaking out, declaring: "I'm not prepared to sit down and give up." He's scheduled to speak again Wednesday on the National Mall.

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One Historic March, Countless Striking Moments

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What if Twitter existed 50 years ago, on this monumental anniversary of the March on Washington? Our answer: @TodayIn1963. We've been reporting events of the summer of '63 as if they were happening now, in real-time, through this Twitter account.

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Features

For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

After days of worry, Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was relieved to stand at the Lincoln Memorial and watch the event unfold without a hitch. While there's been great progress in the decades since, Jones says, he also feels King's dream still remains unfulfilled.

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Obama To Outline Unfinished Work, Decades After King's Dream

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In marking the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama will celebrate the progress the United States has made, aides say. But he'll also talk about what's left to be done to achieve Martin Luther King's dream of racial justice — including fighting to protect voting rights.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

50 Years After the March; Candidates for Manhattan Boro President

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It was 50 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Professor Peniel Joseph of Tufts University’s Center for Race and Democracy talks about the anniversary and the continued discussion about civil rights. Then, the four candidates in the primary race for Manhattan Borough President (Robert Jackson, Jessica Lapin, Julie Menin, and Gale Brewer) make their case to voters.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Fifty Years After the March on Washington; Fifty Years of the Mets

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today, we’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Jonathan Rieder talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” We’ll discuss a documentary about Dr. King’s life and work, from the beginnings of his campaign for civil rights to his assassination in 1968. We’ll look at the role civil rights activist Bayard Rustin played in the movement. He was marginalized for being openly gay. We’ll joined by his partner, Walter Naegle. And we’ll discuss another 50 year anniversary with former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow and the time he’s covered the NY Mets.

March On Washington Had Lasting Impact On 3 Detroiters

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fifty years ago on Wednesday, 250,000 people crowded onto the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They came from all across the country for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Three of those people from the Detroit area share the lasting impact the event had on their subsequent lives.

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Labor Movement Was Critical Ally To Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Robert Siegel talks to Thomas Sugrue, professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, about the history of labor unions and the civil rights movement and how that relationship compares to today.

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Garage Where Woodward Met With 'Deep Throat' To Be Torn Down

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As developers "follow the money," they've got their eye on the location in Arlington, Va. It will be several years before all the approvals come in, but it's expected that the garage will soon be just a part of history, not something to see.

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