Sun February 1, 2015
State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union - Pike County, Ohio - As Black As We Wish to Be

Airs Sunday, February 1, at 6 p.m. In this episode Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone's choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?


Tue November 18, 2014

History Matters: Bone chilling temperatures were heralded in 19th century Louisiana

During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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Tue September 4, 2012

History Matters: Remembering the commander of Apollo 11

Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on the life and legacy of the late astronaut Neil Armstrong.