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Caption: President Johnson and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shake hands after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Credit: Library of Congress
BackStory marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with an in-depth look at this momentous legislation. With perspective from activists a...

Bought by WRPI, KFOK-LP, WRGY, WEZU, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: President Johnson and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shake hands after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Credit: Library of Congress
BackStory marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with an in-depth look at this momentous legislation. With perspective from activists a...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Dwayne Betts
Poetry is form of self-expression that’s become vital to the incarcerated. To mark National Poetry Month, we bring you a special production by the ...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Phyllis McEwen and Bob Devin-Jones bring to life African-American folktales and songs that Zora Neale Hurston collected in Florida in the 1930s.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2013
  • Length: 39:38
Caption: Doc Stull
Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis became the embodiment of American unity during WWII. He walked a fine line to serve the goals of Victory ab...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2013
  • Length: 02:35
Caption: From the FBi file of W.E.B Du Bois
Under longtime director J. Edgar Hoover, for decades FBI agents obsessively read - and even imitated - African-American writing. Dr. William J. Max...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 30, 2013
  • Length: 11:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Historian William P. Jones talks with host Brian Balogh about the origins of the march idea, first floated during a campaign against employment dis...

Bought by Radio Newark and KFAI


  • Added: Sep 03, 2013
  • Length: 09:17
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the March on Washington, August 28th, 1963, Credit: National Archives
August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C., wh...

Bought by WCSU-FM, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WRPI, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WESM 91.3 FM and more


  • Added: Aug 23, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
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Donald Perry was found not guilty--so why is he still in prison?

Bought by WAMC and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 05, 2013
  • Length: 05:41
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hackney Brothers, Credit: Facebook
In the mid 1970s, three teenage brothers from Detroit formed a band. That’s not exactly an unusual story. Motown history is full of bands that made...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and Delta College Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 15, 2013
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 2
Caption:  Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Early LPs on Jazz-O-Rama, Credit: Lorie Kellogg
Skater's Waltz, Serenade to a Cuckoo, and Jive Elephant are among the tunes that will fill the air when the Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Early LPs is hear...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:28
Caption: Herman (L) and Sidney Blake
Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Apr 26, 2013
  • Length: 02:20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey is currently serving as both the Poet Laureate of the United States and of her home state of Mississippi. Trethewey discusses he...

Bought by KQED and WJCU


  • Added: Apr 03, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bernard Holyfield (R) and Charles Barlow
Bernard Holyfield (R) tells his friend Charles Barlow (L) about a painful memory from his childhood in the 1960s.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 02:18
Caption: Stephanie Powell Watts
2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award Winner Stephanie Powell Watts knows what it's like to be an African American Jehovah's Witness in the South. She talks ...

Bought by WJCU


  • Added: Feb 28, 2013
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Presbyterian church in Vardy, Tennessee, was a community center for some Melungeon families. , Credit: Mary Helen Miller
The Melungeons were a mixed-race group in southern Appalachia with an elusive history. Now some Melungeon descendants are looking to DNA testing fo...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Feb 12, 2013
  • Length: 16:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: "Abraham Lincoln and His Emancipation Proclamation," The Strobridge Lith. Co., 1888 , Credit: Library of Congress
In this episode of BackStory, we take a look at the narratives surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation and try to unpack its legacy. How can we ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WGBH Radio Boston, WCPN, WRGY, WCQS and more


  • Added: Jan 04, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
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Reverend Eric Williams tells his co-worker Jannette Berkley-Patton about his first experience with AIDS.

  • Added: Nov 30, 2012
  • Length: 02:08
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Charlie Morris remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Oct 16, 2012
  • Length: 01:46
  • Purchases: 1
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Until recently, not much was known about the first Africans who stepped foot on the North American continent. Today, scholars are learning unexpect...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Oct 12, 2012
  • Length: 02:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Andrew White may very well be the most famous jazz legend... you've never heard of.

  • Added: Sep 24, 2012
  • Length: 07:00
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This documentary views Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" through the lens of California's ma...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, KFOK-LP, KUMD, and WZEN.org


  • Added: Mar 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove talks about her writing with a focus on her most recent book of poems, Sonata Mullatica. [30:44]

  • Added: Feb 29, 2012
  • Length: 30:45
Caption: This rough sketch for a children's book drew one D.C. native into a mystery regarding “Colored Only” signs in D.C. in the 1930s. , Credit: Rebecca Sheir
A well-meaning illustration in a children's book sparks controversy over segregation in the nation's capital in the 1930s.

Bought by Listen Edition, WAMC, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Jan 31, 2012
  • Length: 07:41
  • Purchases: 3
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With striking honesty, Carol Unger, of Washington D.C., explains how she became homeless.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Oct 27, 2011
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 1