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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
By Andy Lanset : Director of Archives, New York Public Radio
Rita Schwerner's husband Michael was one of three civil rights workers murdered by the KKK in Mississippi during 1964's Freedom Summer. Hear her talk about staying the course after his death.
Monday, June 23, 2014
By Jody Avirgan : The Brian Lehrer Show
On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.
In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt:
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Diabetes is quickly on the raise in Mississippi, with potentially a third of the population suffering with the disease by 2030. For the underfunded and under-resourced, the state of Mississippi is now looking toward community leaders to make health changes for residents at the local level. Dr. Michael Minor, the reverend at the Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernado, MS, explains how his congregation is fighting obesity and diabetes.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
New Yorker contributor Calvin Trillin describes his visits to the Hot Tamale Capital of the World—Greenville, Mississippi—and talks about the closing of his beloved Joe’s Dairy store on Sullivan Street in New York. He’s the author of "Mozzarella Story: A Cheese Ritual" in the December 2 issue of The New Yorker, and "Tamales on the Delta" in the January 6 issue.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Mississippi River is more than 12 feet lower than normal for this time of year. It's so difficult for boats to pass through that crews have shut down an 11-mile stretch to restore the depth. Over 100 ships are in line to pass through.
Friday, March 23, 2012
In the lead-up to the Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries the media seized on poll results which revealed surprising views on interracial marriage and Barack Obama's religion among likely Republican primary voters. Public Policy Polling, who conducted the poll, also asked people who they'd be voting for, but that information wasn't as attention-getting. Bob speaks with Michelle Cottle, a Southerner herself, who has been keeping tabs on media coverage of the polls for The Daily Beast.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
All this week we’re talking about incarceration in America. Yesterday we looked at juvenile justice, and whether life-without-parole sentences for teenage murder convicts violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Today, we’re talking about super-maximum-security prisons and the effects of solitary confinement.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
Republican leaders are defending the primary calendar and the decision to have so many contests divide delegates proportionately. I’m not so sure. A quick early victory would have spared the contenders the endless scrutiny of their positions on issues and their frequent slips of tongue.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Mississippi's attorney general Jim Hood said Thursday that the state may have to issue a nationwide manhunt after four pardoned murderers left jail and "hit the road running." The four were among nearly 200 convicted criminals granted clemency by Governor Barbour before he left office earlier this week. Why Barbour did this, and the legality of his selections, has been hotly debated by both members of the public and by victims' families.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
On Tuesday, outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour granted full and unconditional pardons to 193 inmates. Many of these prisoners had been convicted of murder, rape, assault and robbery. Four of those released had served as trustees in the governor's mansion as part of a program for inmates who earned special privileges. However, Barbour may have violated the state constitution by granting pardons without giving sufficient notice. As a result Attorney General Jim Hood has blocked the release of 21 of those inmates.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
At least five people are dead and many are injured after storms hit the nation's southeast. South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi were all slammed by the severe weather and suspected tornadoes. Thousands remain without power. Derrick Becker, a public information officer for South Carolina Emergency Management, talks about what his organization is witnessing.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday was Election Day across the country and voters in several states cast ballots on issues with national dimensions. Ohio voters struck down a law that restricts the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The landslide 62-38 result was setback for Republican Governor John Kasich, who implemented the law as a budget-cutting measure and campaigned across the state to prevent its defeat. Mississippi voters rejected the so-called "Personhood Amendment," which sought to outlaw abortions. In Arizona, voters defeated the main architect of that state's controversial immigration law.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The FBI, police and citizens of the city of Jackson, Missippi are debating whether the white teenagers who robbed and murdered James Craig Anderson, a black man, were motivated by racism. The case has prompted many to consider race relations in the state, and it's troubled history with race. The suspects' lawyers say it was just an act of teenage stupidity, but prosecutors say the killing was a premeditated racial killing. The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into the case. Kim Severson has been reporting on the case for our partner, The New York Times.