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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Tavis Smiley Learned as Maya Angelou's Chaperone

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As a young man, Smiley spent two weeks "carrying Maya Angelou's bags" around during a trip to Ghana, and he writes in a new book about the ways she inspired him to serve others.

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New Sounds

Remembering Lew Soloff

Monday, March 09, 2015

WNYC
Trumpeter Lew Soloff passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 8, 2015 in New York City. John Schaefer has this remembrance.
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The Takeaway

Maya Angelou's Posthumous Hip Hop Album

Monday, January 19, 2015

On MLK Day, the folks at The Takeaway are listening to Maya Angelou, but not recordings of her classic poems. We're listening to her posthumous hip hop album. 

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Soundcheck

Reggie Watts Plays Live; Studio 360's Blues Challenge; Maya Angelou Remembered

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In this episode: Comedian, actor, and one-man band Reggie Watts joins us to talk about the new season of the IFC talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! Plus, hear him rigs up his loop pedals and mics for an impromptu set in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Our friends at Studio 360 recently launched the “1914 Blues Challenge” which for the past few weeks, asked listeners to record a 100-year-old W.C. Handy classic, “Yellow Dog Blues.” Host Kurt Andersen and the contest’s judge, musician Chocolate Genius, join Soundcheck to review some of the submissions they’ve received so far.

And: Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the life and legacy of poet and civil rights icon Maya Angelou, who died yesterday at age 86.

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Operavore

Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' Gets an Operatic Take

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the music and literary worlds remember the life and career of Maya Angelou, another eminent American author and poet is drawing attention in New York this week.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Maya Angelou With Poets Nikki Giovanni & Kwame Dawes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Angelou, the renowned and beloved poet and activist, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her friend Nikki Giovanni, a poet, commentator and activist, and Kwame Dawes, a poet and a professor, reflect on Angelou's life and legacy.

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The Takeaway

Maya Angelou's Friend Nikki Giovanni Remembers the Legendary Poet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poet Maya Angelou died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86-years-old. The Takeaway spoke to poet Nikki Giovanni about her 40-plus-year friendship with Maya Angelou. "When you talk about who lived a full and a good and a complete life, you come back to Maya,” Giovanni says.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remembering Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou - poet, writer, activist - died on May 28, 2014. She was 86 years old. Follow the link below to listen to an interview with Dr. Angelou on the show in April 2013. We're also collecting your thoughts, tributes, and favorite passages in the comments.

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Operavore

Maya Angelou Appeared in Touring Production of Porgy and Bess

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer and performer who died at the age of 86, also has a place in the history of opera.

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Transportation Nation

Maya Angelou Was San Francisco's First Black Streetcar Conductor

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer, and performer who passed away at the age of 86, also has a place in civil rights transportation history: at the age of 16, she says she became San Francisco's first black streetcar conductor.

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Specials

Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special

Saturday, February 09, 2013

As African Americans continue to be acknowledged by their communities, our country and internationally, this hour-long Black History Month radio program features milestone conversations with Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylog and Alicia Keys.

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Specials

WNYC Black History Month 2013

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

WNYC celebrates Black History month with programming throughout the month of February. This year we have two programs that mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation from a live series taking place in WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

Co-moderated by award-winning writer Carl Hancock Rux and Robin Morris, From Emancipation to the Great Migration takes a look at the historic proclamation within the turbulent contexts of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era and the Great Migration.  The State of the Black Economy takes a deep dive into the history of generational poverty and wealth and the current state of the economy for African Americans. Joined by Dr. Cornel West, and CNN financial contributor Ryan Mack, award winning author and radio host, Farai Chideya leads the conversation.  And WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosts I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes. As he did with his poetry, Langston Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow.

The New York Public Radio Archives has pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work concerning African-American history.  Listen to previously unreleased interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a rare 1965 interview with Malcolm X, plus much more. Explore the Archives here.

See more Black History programming here

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Schoolbook

'I'm in the Right Place,' Common Tells Eagle Academy Boys

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Grammy award-winning rapper Common performed at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx on Monday. He said he wanted to see the school after meeting its founding principal last year at a panel on education reform.

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The Arts File

The Legacy of Maya Angelou at the Schomburg Center

Friday, October 29, 2010

Poets Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka and professor Farah Griffin of Columbia weigh in on Dr. Angelou's legacy of documents.

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Features

The Acquisition of a Lifetime: Maya Angelou's Archives Go to Harlem's Schomburg Center

Friday, October 29, 2010

The New York Public Library officially announced the acquisition of the archives on Friday, which include handwritten notes for Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

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WNYC News

Ode to Odetta

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock perform at the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church on February 24, 2009 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock perform at the memorial celebration for ...

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WNYC News

Engraving the Inaugural in Words

Monday, January 19, 2009

Elizabeth Alexander is the latest in a long line of commemorative poets that includes Homer and Virgil and W.H. Auden, but will be only the fourth poet to read at a presidential inauguration when she honors Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Robert Frost couldn’t read the playful “Dedication” he had composed for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 inauguration because of sun glare and high winds, and instead spoke these powerful lines from memory:

In 1993, at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou also personified the land:

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