History

9:00pm

Mon February 16, 2015
Cultural, Community, Information

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

Airs Monday, February 16 at 9 p.m. In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, 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--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, 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--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

7:00pm

Thu February 5, 2015
American RadioWorks

American RadioWorks: An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

Airs Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m.  The 1970's saw a tidal change in American race relations: for the first time, large numbers of white, black and other children of color began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life. Using first-person accounts of the era of "forced busing," An Imperfect Revolution explores the ways school desegregation changed the nation.

7:45am

Thu February 5, 2015
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for February 5, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain takes note of the long storied history of the Irish footprint in America. 

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1:00pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Black History

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

Airs Monday, February 2 at 1 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, 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--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

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6:00pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Exodus '47

Exodus '47

Airs Sunday, January 25 at 6 p.m.This is the story of three men who served aboard the Exodus 1947, a Jewish refugee ship that tried to run thousands of holocaust survivors past the British blockade of Palestine in 1947. At the helm was "Big Bill" Millman, a 19-year-old Navy boxing champ who "wouldn't take any crap from anybody." Frank Lavine was part of the deck crew. He was 22, and completely unprepared for the kind of battle he'd soon face against the British marines. And in the engine room, an electrician named Nat Nadler helped keep the boilers lit, never imagining that he was about to participate in the birth of a nation. Before there was an Israel, these men, and nearly 40 others climbed aboard a rusted American ferryboat and set out from Philadelphia to transport thousands of Jewish holocaust survivors past the British blockade of Palestine. Other ships had tried it. But their ship, which would come to be known as the Exodus 1947, was the one that helped shape the political landscape of the Middle East for the foreseeable future. "Exous '47: Inside Out" is an hour-long account of the journey undertaken by the Exodus and its crew. Reporter Sean Cole weaves together interviews with three men who experienced that journey, Bill Millman, Frank Lavine and Nat Nadler, punctuating their accounts with archival audio and music.

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