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."
"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 "
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"
The military victory in Iraq was stunning and swift, but months after the fall of Baghdad, the U.S. military is still fighting. On August 25, 2003, the number of American solders killed in Iraq during the occupation became greater then those killed during the war. This special report documents the early missed opportunities and cultural misunderstandings that may have contributed to the ongoing armed insurgency that continues to this day.
Within the living memory of Americans are two deadly surprise attacks against the United States: Japan's assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both times, the Library of Congress sent people out to record the voices of ordinary Americans as they reacted to a changed world.
The nation's swelling inmate population has turned imprisonment into a $50 billion-a-year industry. Those who've prospered along the way include corporations, prison guard unions, and police agencies. American RadioWorks correspondent John Biewen examines how some of those with vested interests help to shape who gets locked up and for how long.
Follow Russian writer Aleksandr Radishchev's 200-year-old footsteps from St. Petersburg to Moscow, and discover the soul of a people and the character of a nation.
Locked Down; Deadly Decisions; Justice on Trial; Corrections Inc.; Jailing the Mentally Ill.
Supermax prisons are icons of America¿s tough penal system. But do Supermaxes live up to their promise of stopping violent crime? This report takes listeners inside one Supermax prison where sophisticated prison gangs flourish, often against all odds.
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.
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 !!!"
The global economy is changing the way we think about food, from the kinds of things we eat, to the way food is grown and harvested. Three stories in this special report from American RadioWorks: "Engineering Crops in a Needy World", "A Bean of a Different Color", and "The Campaign to Humanize the Coffee Trade".
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.
For much of the 20th century, African-Americans endured a legal system in the American South that was calculated to segregate and humiliate them.
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.
During an 18-month investigation, the 9/11 Commission heard extraordinary testimony about the terrorist attacks on America. Witnesses told stories of lucky breaks and deadly errors. The commission pieced together new evidence and new details to tell the most complete story to date of the al Qaeda plot.
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.
"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.
Fast Food & Animal Rights; Who Bought the Farm?; and Global Politics of Food.
After 30 years, America's War on drugs costs U.S. taxpayers $40 billion a year with no victory in sight. Combatants from both sides of the drug war shed light on the U.S. government's fight against one of the world's most profitable industries.