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  • On the anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday we are joined in our studio by another renowned civil rights leader: the Rev. Jesse Jackson. [includes transcript]
    Jan 15, 2004 | Story
  • Born out of a slave revolt, Haiti became an independent nation on Jan. 1, 1804. Yesterday thousands celebrated the anniversary but the nation remains deeply divided over the future of the country and of President Jean Bertrand-Aristide. [includes transcript]
    Jan 02, 2004 | Story
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    Studs Terkel, 91, has worked as an activist, a civil servant, a labor organizer, an ad writer, a television actor and a radio DJ, among many other occupations. But since the 1960s, he’s been particularly well known as a world-class interviewer, a writer and radio personality who draws celebrities and, far more often, average citizens into sharing their oral histories.

    For 45 years, Studs Terkel spent an hour each weekday on his nationally...

    Nov 04, 2003 | Story
  • The Bush administration is asking Congress for a second major expansion of federal surveillance powers that wouldallow for the "disruption" of what the attorney general calls suspected terrorist groups. The proposal would loosenone of the most fundamental restrictions on the conduct of the FBI that were imposed in the 1970s after the death ofJ. Edgar Hoover and the disclosures that the FBI had run a widespread domestic surveillance program,...
    Dec 03, 2001 | Story
  • At last week’s conference on the prison industrial complex at Columbia Law School in New York called Critical Resistance East, several former members of the Black Panther Party told their own stories of the party. The Panthers continually returned to the importance of self-defense in the face of police brutality, and called on the youth to take their place.
    Mar 19, 2001 | Story
  • The 28 days that America devotes to black history have come to an end, and women’s history month has begun. But beforewe shift our focus, today we are going to play a speech by Randall Robinson, in which he criticized the very idea ofdevoting a single month to the history of groups that have been white-washed out of official narratives thosenarratives that dominate classrooms, movie theaters, and the media for all twelve months of every...
    Mar 01, 2001 | Story
  • The Tulsa Race Riot Commission will present its final report next week, recommending that the state of Oklahoma makereparations to the survivors of one of the most brutal race riots in history. On May 31, 1921, a white lynch mobopened fire on a group of blacks who sought to protect a shoeshine man accused of assaulting a white woman. By thenext day, the mob had set fire to a dozen black churches, thousands of homes and turned a thriving black...
    Feb 23, 2001 | Story
  • As we move into Martin Luther King weekend, we look at a man who has never given up the fight. From his days inMississippi as a civil rights organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his work today as ateacher based in Cambridge Massachusetts, Robert Moses has spoken out with a passionate and articulate voice.
    Jan 12, 2001 | Story
  • Most people are aware of the recent police beating of Thomas Jones here in Philadelphia, but fewer people remember the police beating of Delbert Africa in 1978 caught on videotape and broadcast worldwide. This incident prompted the Department of Justice to file the first ever lawsuit against a city for police brutality. In 1985, the police dropped C-4 plastique from a state helicopter on the MOVE house resulting in the death of eleven people including...
    Jul 31, 2000 | Story
  • On June 15th, in Kokomo, Mississippi, a black teenager was found hanging from a tree in his front yard. Investigators tried to rule it a suicide. But community leaders suggest that 17-year-old Raynard Johnson was killed because he had dated two white girls. And some are comparing his death to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, who was murdered for whistling at a white woman. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 07, 2000 | Story