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Audrey and Frank Peterman

From: American Public Media
Series: The Promised Land
Length: 54:00

If Frank and Audrey Peterman have their way, many more of their fellow black Americans will visit our national parks. They take host Majora Carter to Yosemite, where she crawls through a hundred-foot cave and meets Yosemite’s only black park ranger.

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On a 10-week tour of 16 national parks in 1995, Frank and Audrey Peterman were awed by the beauty of America and warmed by the friendliness of fellow campers. But among all of the park tourists, the Petermans saw only two fellow African-Americans.

After discovering that many blacks felt no connection with the parks, the Petermans took action: they started a program called “Keeping It Wild,” aimed at encouraging black Americans to visit the nation’s parks and other public lands that they help pay for with tax dollars. As Frank notes, “If you are not involving the communities who will make up a larger percentage of the voting population in the future, how do you then expect them to make decisions that will protect these places for posterity?”

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ost Majora Carter joins the Petermans and a group of teens from inner-city Houston as they crawl through a wondrous 100-foot cave in Yosemite. And we meet Shelton Johnson, Yosemite’s only black park ranger, who is quick to point out that less than 1 percent of the park’s visitors are African-American — a statistic that’s bound to change if Frank and Audrey Peterman have their way.

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On a 10-week tour of 16 national parks in 1995, Frank and Audrey Peterman were awed by the beauty of America and warmed by the friendliness of fellow campers. But among all of the park tourists, the Petermans saw only two fellow African-Americans.

After discovering that many blacks felt no connection with the parks, the Petermans took action: they started a program called “Keeping It Wild,” aimed at encouraging black Americans to visit the nation’s parks and other public lands that they help pay for with tax dollars. As Frank notes, “If you are not involving the communities who will make up a larger percentage of the voting population in the future, how do you then expect them to make decisions that will protect these places for posterity?”

H
ost Majora Carter joins the Petermans and a group of teens from inner-city Houston as they crawl through a wondrous 100-foot cave in Yosemite. And we meet Shelton Johnson, Yosemite’s only black park ranger, who is quick to point out that less than 1 percent of the park’s visitors are African-American — a statistic that’s bound to change if Frank and Audrey Peterman have their way.

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Wow. I am deeply moved by this piece and the quality of it. It touches on so much so deeply and I am surprised and overwhelmed. At the same time, I am concerned about how hard it is to listen to, you have to register, get an email confirmation and the bar is just so high. Also, the sharing feature here (to share a sound bite) is also not what I would like to see. If these barriers to entry and some video snips are added, this show will grow a fast and loyal following.

Timing and Cues

The Promised Land
Episode: Yosemite
TRT 59:00

* Breaks: Two 1:00 minute Station ID Breaks. There is music under the break. *

Billboard: 00:00 - 1:00
Incue: Hi, I'm Majora Carter and this is the Promised Land from American Public Media. Today is my first visit to Yosemite...
Outcue:…as we search Yosemite National Park for the Promised Land.

News break hole 01:00 - 06:00

Seg A: 06:00 - 24:44
Incue: I'm Majora Carter. Welcome to the Promised Land from American Public Media where we meet visionaries and leaders...
Outcue:…visit the promised land dot org. I'm Majora Carter and this is the Promised Land from American Public Media.

Break One: 24:44 - 25:44

Seg B: 25:44 - 41:08
Incue: [A big circle, a circle that is big.] Hi, I'm Majora Carter and this is The Promised Land, where visionary leaders…
Outcue:…and more at The Promised Land Dot org. I'm Majora Carter. You're listening to the Promised Land from American Public Media.

Break Two: 41:08 - 42:08

Seg C: 42:08 -59:00
Incue: I'm Majora Carter and this is The Promised Land, a show about visionaries who are changing their communities in innovative ways…
Outcue:...Contribute to a healthy planet.[American Public Media].

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www.thepromisedland.org