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The Leonard Lopate Show

New Daily Show Host Trevor Noah Speaks with Leonard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The South African comedian appeared on the show in 2013 to talk about his off-Broadway solo show, “Born a Crime,” about being born mixed race in apartheid South Africa.
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The Takeaway

Mandela Autobiography to be Published Posthumously

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A highly anticipated autobiography under the working title, "The Presidential Years"  is due to be published posthumously by Nelson Mandela.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

25 Years Ago Today: Mandela Walks Free from Prison

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela told an audience of over 50,000 that the ideal of a "free society in which all persons live together in harmony" was something he'd die for.
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Soundcheck

Hear This Newly Unearthed Gem Celebrating Nelson Mandela's Trip to NYC

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

On the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, we dug up a special program Soundcheck's John Schaefer created to commemorate the South African leader's historic visit.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

One Man's Fraught Journey From Somalia to South Africa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. 

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New Sounds

With Guy Buttery

Friday, January 09, 2015

South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery performs in our studio without effects. Listen as he plays guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics.

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The Takeaway

South Africa 'Devastated' by Hostage Death

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A look at how a failed rescue mission in Yemen left a South African teacher, who was set to be released, dead hours before gaining his freedom.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nelson Mandela's Jailer, Who Grew to Become His Friend

Friday, December 05, 2014

When Christo Brand was 18, he was given charge of the country's most infamous inmate: Nelson Mandela.

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Operavore

Weaving South African Magic into Mozart

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A production of Mozart's Magic Flute is being staged in New York by the South African theater troupe Isango Ensemble. Operavore's Fred Plotkin gives his reaction.
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WNYC News

The Pain of South Africa, in SoHo

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A new play mixes the humble red dirt and cooking smells of a township with the devastation of AIDS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Apartheid Through the Eyes of One of South Africa’s First Black Photojournalists

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In the mid-1960s, photojournalist Ernest Cole risked his freedom to reveal the realities of life under apartheid. A new exhibition celebrates Cole's work. 

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The Takeaway

History-Making Verdict in Oscar Pistorius Case

Friday, September 12, 2014

A black judge presiding over the trial of a rich, white defendant is no small thing in South Africa. And the Paralympic athlete's murder trial has brought up long-simmering issues.

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Radiolab

A Giant Appears At The Edge Of An African Roadway

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If the task is to think backward, to an important moment in history, here's a stunning way to do it: It's a jewel of a monument alongside a road in South Africa.
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New Sounds

The Guitar as an African Instrument

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maybe the guitar wasn’t originally an African instrument, but it certainly has become one.  For this New Sounds, take a listen to music from the late Cameroonian guitarist Francis Bebey, along with music from Gabonese guitarist singer and musician Pierre Akendengué.  There’s also guitar music from South Africa's Derek Gripper - who does arrangements of music from other parts of Africa, especially Mali.  Plus, music from fellow South African Guy Buttery, in addition to selections from classical guitarist John Williams, and his versions of pieces of African works for guitar from the “Magic Box” record.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Mandela’s Enemy to His Right Hand

Monday, July 21, 2014

Zelda la Grange's beliefs, prejudices — everything she once believed — were completely transformed by the man she had been taught to fear.

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The Takeaway

Nadine Gordimer's Impact on South African Writing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Looking back on the life of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer, who died on Sunday at age 90, it's immediately apparent how much of a complete iconoclast she was in her lifetime. Her impact on future generations of writers in the country has been profound.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Nadine Gordimer

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South African novelist won a Nobel Prize in honor of her work. She died at the age of 90 in Johannesburg.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Post-Apartheid Generation in South Africa

Friday, April 25, 2014

This spring, South Africa will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of apartheid and the first free elections. Although the country has come far, the inequalities that once divided the races now grow within them. In After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa, award-winning sociologist Katherine S. Newman and Ariane De Lannoy profile seven people—black, white, “coloured,” and immigrant—to reveal what life is like in South Africa today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gandhi Before India

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most influential—and controversial—men in modern history. Ramachandra Guha discusses the first volume of his biography of Gandhi, Gandhi Before India, which gives vivid portraits of the man and the world he lived in—from India to Victorian England to South Africa. It explores the ways Gandhi inspired the devotion of thousands of followers in South Africa as he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a brutally racist regime.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Racial Politics of the Pistorius Trial

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Race relations are still fraught in South Africa today, 20 years after apartheid ended. Margie Orford, South African novelist and journalist, and Lisa Bloom, legal analyst for Avvo.com, discuss the Pistorius trial through this lens and explain why the runner is using his fear of the "unknown black intruder" as his defense against the charges that he murdered his girlfriend. Bloom is also the author of Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It

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