The visceral impact of history's great speechmakers is at the heart of Say It Plain. This new American RadioWorks documentary highlights a selection of landmark sermons, speeches, and broadcasts by remarkable African-American speakers.
"A wonderful synapses of the best of Black leaders."
In honor of Black History Month, Audible is proud to offer a collection of superb original recordings featuring some of the most influential voices in African-American history.
"Black History Special Collection"
Three of America's most compelling presidents, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.
"Good Concept But Very Little Content"
Remembering Jim Crow; Oh Freedom Over Me; Radio Fights Jim Crow; Thurgood Marshall; Say It Plain; Whose Vote Counts?
For much of the 20th century, African-Americans endured a legal system in the American South that was calculated to segregate and humiliate them.
270 people died when Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. It was the worst-ever act of airline terrorism against the United States. It was also called the world's biggest unsolved murder.
The welfare reform law signed by President Clinton in August 1996 was designed to "end welfare as we know it." To a striking degree, it did: the number of people getting a welfare check dropped by more than half nationwide. Yet moving people off welfare is not the same as moving them out of poverty. Most single-parent households that left poverty increased their income slightly but remained poor.
Across the country this year, partisan redrawing of districts was so effective that many incumbents ran virtually unopposed. Why? New computer programs can all but guarantee victory for parties drawing the map.
American RadioWorks and BBC Current Affairs looks at the effects of gerrymandering in the U.S., focusing on recent efforts by Texas Republicans to redraw the district maps and deliver a critical advantage for President George W. Bush in his second term.
In April 1994, the central African nation of Rwanda exploded into 100 days of violence, killing 800,000 people. Most turned their backs to the bloodshed. Here is the story of those who stayed.
"Belgium's Should Be Ashamed!"
"Las Vegas: An Unconventional History" commemorates the 100th anniversary of Las Vegas with a sweeping look at the city's dramatic past. The program follows a century of Las Vegas' development, from its humble, dusty beginnings as a remote railway station to the fluorescent, 24-hour, corporate-financed destination it is today.
Why are so many mentally ill Americans behind bars?
In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi for a peaceful assault on racism. It came to be known as Freedom Summer, one of the most remarkable chapters in the Civil Rights Movement.
In August 1944, five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw, armed with just a few guns and gasoline bombs, rose up against the German occupation of their city. The uprising was meant to last just 48 hours. Instead, it went on for two months. A quarter of a million people were killed and the Polish capital was razed to the ground. It was one of the great tragedies of World War II, and yet it is rarely talked about outside Poland.
"God Bless them all !!!"
"Death is un-American," an "affront to the American Dream," wrote historian Arnold Toynbee in 1969. It was a time of social movements, and big change: peace and civil rights, environmentalism and women's liberation.
"We need more "
From the trials of Nazis at Nuremberg to the prosecution of war criminals in the former Yugoslavia, to people's courts in Rwanda: how effective is the machinery of international justice?
Rarely has one speech changed history so dramatically. In 1956, Nikita Khrushchev exposed and denounced the crimes of Joseph Stalin, stunning a nation and opening the door to a human rights movement in the USSR. With the assistance of Khrushchev's son, Sergei, producer Robert Rand explores that bold event and its consequences for the Soviet Union and the world.
"Too little on the speech"
For decades, the United States has been the dominant exporter of pop culture. In the 21st century, it has a powerful new competitor: Japan. Young people across the globe watch anime, read manga comic books from right to left, listen to J-pop, and play with Japanese toys and video games. What's so cool about Japan? Will the ancient nation rise again, this time as the world's leading exporter of fantasy? An entertaining journey, from Tokyo to middle America.
To fully grasp the ongoing tensions between the United States and North Korea, it is important to understand the war that ended more than fifty years ago. John Biewen and Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks examine the often-overlooked war that helped define global politics and American life for the second half of the 20th century.
We spend six months following a lively group of innovators, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who are at the epicenter of an American desire for clean technologies - and they seek riches and solutions to global climate change. This is what happens when good deeds grapple with the realities of the free market.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history - as the leader of the legal campaign against racial segregation, which culminated in the landmark Brown v. Board decision. This project traces Marshall's life as a lawyer and justice.