Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier 1

Mon. Feb. 27, 2012

Ishmael Beah introduces A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier.

You will never forget Ishmael Beah and his heart-breaking, gripping story of a child's journey through hell. There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped up on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world. Beah used to be one of them. He is the first to tell his story in his own words. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does he become a killer? How does he stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have imagined their lives. Until now, there hasn't been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived to tell the tale. In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah relates fleeing attacking rebels, wandering a land rendered unrecognizable by violence, being picked up by the government army, and finding that he was capable of truly terrible acts. After three years as a soldier, a truck pulled into the army base and Ishmael and other young soldiers were released by their commander to UNICEF workers. Sent to a rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to convince the world of civilians who viewed him with fear and suspicion. It is, at last, a story of redemption. Beah, now 25, came to the US when he was seventeen, and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a member of Human Rights Watch Children's Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations on several occasions. He lives in New York City
- Cody's Books

Partner: Cody's Books
Location: FCCB, Codys,Berkeley, CA
Event Date: 02.23.07
Speakers: Ishmael Beah, Patricia de Jong, Glen Galaich, Priscilla Hayner

The College at Brockport: Ishmael Beah Interview

Sept. 29, 2010

Author Ishmael Beah visited The College at Brockport on Sept. 29. His book "A Long Way Gone," a memoir of his experiences growing up as a child soldier in war-torn Sierra Leone was read by all incoming Brockport freshmen as part of the College's Summer Reading Program. He sat down with campus media to discuss the book and his life. This video is an edited account of that conversation.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Desmond Tutu on Human Rights

Fri. Feb. 24, 2012

February 26, 2010
Desmond Tutu archbishop emeritus, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, addresses a full audience on the topic of "Good vs. Evil: Human Rights or Human Wronged."
Presented by WPBT

Songs of Uprising

Sat. Feb. 25, 2012

Subtitle: Since the Arab Spring, something's been in the air world-wide. It's the music of revolution.

When we take a stand, we accompany the action with music. Having a beat to march to will inspire us to get off our duffs and out into the streets. This episodde, Friendistan is occupying your ears.

[montage: Occupy The Universe]
1. Buena Vista Fight Club - No Name No Fame
2. N'Kosi Sikilele Afrika - Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela & Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa)
3. Million Man March - Lowkey (Egypt)
4. Mamno3 Mn El Ta3'eer - Ahmed Rock (Tunisia)
5. Jah Jah Revolta - Baiana System
6. Treaty - Yothu Yindi (Aboriginal Australia)
7. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley
8. Freedom Sound - J-SAN & the Analogue Songs
9. Hymn of the Big Wheel - Massive Attack
10. When the Revolution Comes - The Last Poets
11. We Shall Not Be Moved - Mavis Staples
12. Power To The People - John Lennon
13. Not A Crime - Gogol Bordello
14. Take A Minute - K'Naan (Somalia)
15. Stand Up - Flobots
16. Revolution 5 - Roots Manuva
17. Chanda Mama - Playing For Change
18. Boor Yi - El Hadj Ndaye (Ghana)
19. Kusu Kalkmas - Sultana (Turkey)
20. Hello Bonjour - Michael Franti
21. We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger

Artist/Composer: DJ Moonbird (jay joslin)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lou Gossett Jr - An Actor and A Gentleman

Wed. Feb. 22, 2012

November 8, 2010
Lou Gossett Jr. Author, Actor, Activist
Phyllis Karas Biographer, Professor of Journalism
Lou Gossett, Jr. is one of the most respected African American stage and screen actors, rising to fame with his Emmy-winning role in the television miniseries Roots and Oscar-winning performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. From his early success on the New York stage appearing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun and through most of his long career in Hollywood, he has struggled to get leading roles and fair pay as a black actor. Gossett speaks frankly of his problem with drugs and alcohol that took years to overcome and his current work to eradicate racism and violence and give our children a better future. He is joined by his writer, Phyllis Karas, biographer and professor of journalism.
Presented by WGBH and Ford Hall Forum

Living Black History - Preserving Malcolm X's Legacy

Wed. Feb. 22, 2012

April 21, 2004

Manning Marable asks what happens to a movement when its most celebrated heroes, like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. are transformed into commercial brands.
Presented by WGBH and Harvard Du Bois Institute

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jazz Legend Randy Weston on His Life and Celebration of African Rhythms - Democracy Now!

Tue. Feb. 21, 2012

From: democracynow.org - In a Black History Month special, Democracy Now! airs an extended interview with the legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston. For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His most famous compositions include, "Little Niles," "Blue Moses," and "Hi-Fly," and his 1960 album, "Uhuru Afrika," was a landmark recording that celebrated the independence movements in Africa and the influence of traditional African music on jazz. The record, which began with a freedom poem written by Langston Hughes, would later be banned by the South African apartheid regime, along with albums by Max Roach and Lena Horne. In 1961, Randy Weston visited Africa for the first time as part of a delegation that also featured Nina Simone. The trip would transform Weston's life and lead him to eventually moving to Africa in 1967. In 2001, he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts — it is considered to be the nation's highest honor in jazz. Weston talks about his collaboration with Langston Hughes, how Marcus Garvey and Paul Robeson influenced his life, his friendship with the Nigerian afrobeat star Fela Kuti, and his success with "having people understand the impact of African rhythms in world music, whether it's Brazil or Cuba or Mississippi or Brooklyn. If you don't have that African pulse, nothing is happening," Weston said. Now 85 years old, Weston continues to tour the world, and in 2010, he published, "African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston."

Classic Jazz and Swing

Tue. Feb. 21, 2012

Paul Conley

  • Carol Sloane: I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me [Medle
  • John Allred: Pick Yourself Up
  • Clifford Brown: Parisian Thoroughfare
  • Oscar Peterson: C-Jam Blues
  • The Pizzarellis: Joe and Zoot!
  • Frank Jackson: They Didn't Believe Me
  • Woody Herman & Friends: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
  • Ann Hampton Callaway: Lazy Afternoon
  • Andre Previn: You're Gonna Hear From Me
  • Hot Club of Detroit: Speevy
  • Connie Evingson: Lover Come Back to Me
  • Count Basie Orchestra: Giant Blues Flag Waiver
  • Louis Armstrong: West End Blues
  • Les Paul and Willie Smith: Moten Swing
  • Canadian Brass: Black and Blue
  • Peter Hand Big Band: This Time the Dream's on Me
  • Sarah Vaughan: It's Crazy
  • Billy Eckstine: What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  • Earl Hines: Hash Brown
  • Shelly Berg: My One and Only Love
  • Natalie Cole: I'm Gonna Laugh You Right out of My Life
  • Frank Sinatra: I Concentrate On You
  • Chuck Redd: Swedish Pastry
  • Charlie Parker: Star Eyes
  • Bud Powell: 52nd Street Theme [*]

    This audio is part of the collection: CPR Productions
    Artist/Composer: Paul Conley

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Living Black History - Resurrecting Intellectual Tradition

Sun. Feb. 19, 2012
April 20, 2004

Manning Marable describes his theoretical approach to the writing of African history and the construction of black studies, which is directly connected with living history. He argues that oppressed people in the United States generally think about their living history very differently from those closer to centers of institutional power. Because of the difficult circumstances of their lives, the oppressed often celebrate myth over factual accuracy. No black poets have written about Clarence Thomas or Condi Rice, but entire books, films, symphonies, and even an opera have been composed about the life of the heroic figure Malcolm X.

Series: African American Culture Series, Our Democracy Series
Presented by WGBH and Harvard Du Bois Institute

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Conversation with Governor Deval Patrick

Sat. Feb. 18, 2012

April 14, 2011

Governor Deval Patrick discusses his new memoir, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life with WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes.

Presented by WGBH and John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Collected Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer

Sat. Feb. 18, 2012

Collected Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer
"Collected Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer"
Collection of several speeches made by this fiery Civil Rights activist and leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party. Includes excerpts from a 1965 Berkeley interview, the documentary "The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer," a speech at the Vietnam Moratorium rally at U.C. Berkeley, and from "Profiles of Movement Activists II: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement." from PZ0142.03.

This audio is part of the collection: Pacifica Radio Archives

Friday, February 17, 2012

Brother West - Living and Loving Out Loud

Fri. Feb. 17, 2012

In this intimate exploration, one of America's most gifted and provocative public intellectuals peels back the layers of a remarkable life.

Location: Los Angeles Public Library Los Angeles, CA
Event Date: 10.09.09

Charles E Cobb Jr - On the Road to Freedom

Fri. Feb. 17, 2012

February 19, 2008

Charles E. Cobb Jr., a prominent black journalist and reporter for NPR and PBS' Frontline, discusses On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. The book is a guide to over 400 historic sites in America linked to the Civil Right Movement.


Presented by PBA and Georgia Center for the Book

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Isabel Wilkerson - Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Thu. Feb. 16, 2012

September 14, 2010

Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses her first book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

In The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. Having interviewed more than a thousand people and gained access to new data and official records, she recounts how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work.


Presented by WGBH and Harvard Book Store

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Old Time Radio - Jubilee - 2-15-2012

Wed. Feb. 15, 2012

Before Television my family would watch the radio shows. Yes I said watch, we used our imagination. When TV came I missed the radio shows because the imagination was better than what was shown on TV.

I hope you enjoy the shows like I did. Let your mind free to see what is on the show. You can see more with your mind than with your eyes.

Presented by the War Department, Jubilee was broadcast to American fighting men and women overseas and featured a mostly Black cast, including appearances by Louie Armstrong, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Nat King Cole, and Heavyweight champion Joe Louis.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Personal Reflections: A Tribute to Rosa Parks

Tue. Feb. 14, 2012

National Archives
Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development

At Canaan's Edge - America in the King Years 1965-1968

Tue. Feb. 14, 2012

March 6, 2006

Taylor Branch writer, 1989 Pulitzer Prize [homepage]

Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch discusses the final years of Martin Luther King Jr's life when King and America stood "at Canaan's edge." In the third and final volume of his three-part biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968, Branch paints a vivid picture of American society in the mid-20th century. As the war in Viet Nam and social unrest at home began to fray the nation's optimism and faith in the future, King sought to expand the Civil Rights Movement into protests of the war and calls for broader social and economic justice. Within a few short years, his commanding and prophetic voice was silenced.


Presented by WGBH and Cambridge Forum

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sisters in the Struggle - Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Thu. Feb. 16, 2012

October 21, 2010

Judy Richardson content adviser [homepage]

Janet Jemmott Moses organizer, Mississippi, Civil Rights Movement [homepage]

Judy Richardson and Janet Jemmott Moses, two remarkable women who served on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement discuss Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, which contains intense stories of 52 courageous women in this monumental struggle for social change. Richardson's lucrative producing career includes Henry Hampton's Eyes on the Prize to the Museum of African American History's introductory film, Building on a Firm Foundation. Moses was an organizer in Mississippi during the movement and went on to become a pediatrician.


Presented by WGBH and Museum of African American History

In Her Own Words - Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Mon. Feb. 13, 2012

March 13, 2008

Dorothy Prince actress, educator [homepage]

Dorothy Prince brings to life Ellen Watkins Harper, a leading African American poet and prolific novelist of the 19th century, in this dramatic reading.

Born in free Maryland, but witness to the pervasive oppression of the era, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a devoted abolitionist and feminist activist.

Presented by WGBH and Old South Meeting House

Words of Wisdom from a Crazy Old Man Intro

Mon. Feb. 13, 2012
This show will be about life, living and death. I hope it will help the listenerr on the road of life.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rough Crossings - part 2 - The author

Sun. Feb. 12, 2012

Authors@Google: Simon Schama

Simon Schama discusses hos book, "Rough Crossings," at Google's 

Mountain View, CA,headquarters. This event took place on April 14, 

2006, as part of the Authors@Google series.

Rough Crossings - part 1 - The Documentary

Sun. Feb. 12, 2012

Rough Crossings - The Documentary

Before Television my family would watch the radio shows. Yes I said watch, we used our imagination. When TV came I missed the radio shows because the imagination was better than what was shown on TV.

This is not old time radio but is a soundtrack and you are listening to a documentary on radio. I hope you enjoy this like I did. Set your mind free to see what is on the show. You can see more with your mind than with your eyes.

Simon Schama tells the fascinating story of the African-American slaves who chose to fight for Britain – and their freedom – in the American Revolutionary War.

With gripping, powerfully vivid story-telling, Simon Schama follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia where many who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land at the war’s end.

Their fate became entwined with British abolitionists: inspirational figures such as Granville Sharp, the flute-playing father-figure of slave freedom, and John Clarkson, the ‘Moses’ of this great exodus, who accompanied the blacks on their final rough crossing to Africa, where they hoped that freedom would finally greet them.

Rough Crossings is the astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African-American slaves who fled the plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Jimi Hendrix - King Of The Electric Guitar

Fri. Feb. 10, 2012

Jimi Hendrix - NPR:
  1. Jimi Hendrix: King Of The Electric Guitar - 2/25/2011
  2. Jimi Hendrix, Before He Was Famous - 12/21/2010
  3. Unreleased Material From Jimi Hendrix Reflects A Life Of Music And Money Woes - 11/22/2010
  4. Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow: Hendrix For Kids - 10/24/2010
  5. Afropop Expert Georges Collinet's Favorite Tunes -1/9/2012
  6. Jimi Hendrix's 1969 Album Set For Release - 1/11/2010
  7. The Psychedelic Debut of Jimi Hendrix - 11/18/2006
  8. Jimi Hendrix and the 'Room Full of Mirrors' - 11/8/2005

Luscombe's Choice: Eddie Kramer & Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix’s music

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Old Time Radio - Jubilee - 2-8-2012

Wed. Feb. 8, 2012

Before Television my family would watch the radio shows. Yes I said watch, we used our imagination. When TV came I missed the radio shows because the imagination was better than what was shown on TV.

I hope you enjoy the shows like I did. Let your mind free to see what is on the show. You can see more with your mind than with your eyes.

Presented by the War Department, Jubilee was broadcast to American fighting men and women overseas and featured a mostly Black cast, including appearances by Louie Armstrong, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Nat King Cole, and Heavyweight champion Joe Louis.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Atlanta Beautiful but Ugly - (The Crazy Young White Kid)

Mon. Feb. 6, 2012

A look at Atlanta in the mid 50s through the eyes of a young boy who never saw racism before (from 6th to 7th)

Southern hospitality was for whites. I thought then, “White people are crazy.”

Touré - Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness - What it Means to be Black Now

Mon. Feb. 6, 2012

January 26, 2012

Beverly Morgan-Welch Museum of African American History [homepage]

Touré, writer, cultural critic, and TV personality discusses his newest book Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What it Means to be Black Now, which draws on interviews with over 100 prominent African-Americans from art to politics to journalism to academia - as well as his own thoughts and experiences.

Here he reflects on his experience growing up in the Boston area in the turbulent 1970's, and his time in college in Atlanta, providing a springboard for analysis of phenomena such as stereotype threat, micro-aggressions, resume checking, and the white and black gaze.

Presented by WGBH and Museum of African American History

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Martin Luther King - Live Speech on Racial Discrimination 3

Sun. Feb. 5, 2012

March 24, 1963
Martin Luther King Jr. leader of the civil rights movement [homepage]

Martin Luther King Jr., prime mover of the Montgomery bus boycott, keynote speaker at the March on Washington, and youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, speaks about racial discrimination. Unquestionably, King's policy of nonviolent protest was a dominant force in the civil rights movement during its decade of greatest achievement from 1957 to 1968.


Presented by WGBH and Ford Hall Forum:

Callie House - My Face is Black is True

Sun. Feb. 5, 2012

September 14, 2005

Mary Frances Berry professor, American social thought, UPenn [homepage]

Mary Francis Berry reclaims Callie House, a magnificent heroine who, though so long forgotten that the site of her grave is unknown, emerges as a pioneering activist: a female forerunner of both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Born in to slavery in 1861, Callie House started the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association, which sought African American pensions based on those offered Union soldiers, a movement so powerful it frightened the US government, upset Jim Crow legislatures across the South, and gave hope to hundreds of thousands of destitute former slaves.

Co-sponsored by the Museum of Afro American History and the Center for New Words.

Presented by WGBH and Center for New Words.

William Lloyd Garrison - Words of Thunder

Sun. Feb. 5, 2012

August 6, 2005

This bicentennial celebration, co-presented by the Museum of Afro-American History and the Boston Public Library, includes The Massachusetts 54th Regiment and musical performances by Vivian Cooley-Collier, Guy Peartree, and the Studio Singers of the Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury.

The "Words of Thunder" exhibitions at the Museum of Afro-American History celebrate the life, achievements, and challenges of famed Boston abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) during the bicentennial of his birth. From 1831 through the Civil War, Boston was the center of the radical abolition movement in the United States. View original prints of The Liberator. Although William Lloyd Garrison was the pioneer of radical abolition, he was aided by men and women, white and black. These ambassadors of abolition sparked, supported, and sustained the anti-slavery movement.


Presented by WGBH and Museum of African American History