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Martin Luther King Day

The Brian Lehrer Show

Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rep. Charles Rangel and co-host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry were among those who joined Brian for his annual MLK Day celebration at the Apollo Theater. Hear excerpts from the event.

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The Takeaway

MLK Day Through the Eyes of Young People

Monday, January 19, 2015

Each year, the nation reflects on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But we also want to look forward and explore how his work might be carried into the future. 

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Soundcheck

Jen Chapin's 'Gospel' Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The singer-songwriter and activist's lovely new music video draws a line between the non-violent civil rights movement of the 1960s and the recent "Black Lives Matter" protests.
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Coretta Scott King Reflects on Martin Luther King Jr., His Philosophy and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Monday, January 19, 2015

In 1961, reporter Eleanor Fischer went to Atlanta to interview Dr. King and his family. In this interview, Mrs. King discusses her husband's commitment to nonviolence. 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

MLK's Voting Rights Legacy; America's Strata

Monday, January 19, 2015

We play excerpts from WNYC's MLK celebration at the Apollo, with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and other special guests. Plus: a close look at America's social stratification. 

From the Top

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 17, 2015

From the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today's teenagers.

NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Reflects on His Son, Atlanta and the Movement for Civil Rights

Monday, January 12, 2015

A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
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The Takeaway

Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

Motown has become an American institution. But Motown also had a spoken-word label called Black Forum, which was set up in 1970. Two years after he was assassinated, the label released a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Television and radio broadcaster, Alvin Hall recently completed a half hour story on the Black Forum label for the BBC. He shares what he learned and describes why Motown got involved in civil rights recordings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Luther King Day Gospel Hour

Monday, January 20, 2014

Leonard Lopate marks Martin Luther King day by playing great Gospel music from the Civil Rights era.

How I Got Over, Mahalia Jackson (under billboard)

We Shall Overcome, Marion Williams

I'll Be All Right, Angelic Gospel Singers

Precious Lord, Rev. C. L. Franklin

Precious Lord, Aretha Franklin

God's Amazing Grace, J. Robert Bradley

No Restricted Signs in Heaven, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Move on Up a Little Higher, Part 2, Mahalia Jackson

Get Away Jordan, Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes

Trying Time, Gladys McFadden and the Loving Sisters

Pilgrim of Sorrow, Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

Build Me a Cabin, Mm. Edna Gallmon Cooke

Blessed Assurance, Clara Ward

Bad News, Bad Times, Marion Williams

Mary Don't You Weep, Claude Jeter with Swan Silvertones

God Be With You, J. Earle Hines with St. Paul's Baptist Church Choir

 

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The Takeaway

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin | Communities Step Up to Fight Mississippi Diabetes Crisis | Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin | Shunning Retirement for Start-Ups | A Look at What's Ahead for The Seahawks & Broncos | Communities Step Up to Fight Mississippi Diabetes Crisis | 2014 Midterms See Shake Up as Lawmakers Exit | Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

The Brian Lehrer Show

NSA Changes; Christie's New Scandals; MLK Event Highlights

Monday, January 20, 2014

Get caught up on the latest in local and national politics. Plus: WNYC heads to the Apollo for its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hear excerpts from Sunday's panel, "Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK," which reflects on the immediate future of New York City through the lens of Dr. King’s moral compass.


From the Top

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Recorded at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, this special edition of From the Top celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The fantastic Boston Children's Chorus performs a variety of inspirational pieces, a teenage quartet perform the music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and a talented 17-year-old flutist performs "Summerland" by William Grant Still.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Martin Luther King Day 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day, highlights from yesterday's event at the Brooklyn Museum, co-hosted by Farai Chidaya. Featuring:

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From the Top

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 19, 2013

This week, from the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today's teenagers. You'll hear the Boston Children's Chorus sing several inspiring pieces and meet a 17-year-old bassoonist whose path parallels Coretta Scott King's early years in music.

NYPR Archives & Preservation

Previously Unreleased Interviews with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In 1961, a radio reporter named Eleanor Fischer spoke to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a CBC called Project 62. As far as we know, these unedited interviews have never been presented in their entirety until now.

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WQXR Features

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In this musical biography, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work.

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