In 2009, scholars at Yale University came across a startling manuscript: the memoir of Austin Reed, a free black man born in the 1820s who spent most of his early life ricocheting between forced labor in prison and forced labor as an indentured servant. Lost for more than 150 years, the handwritten document is the first known prison memoir written by an African American.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is currently the longest running comedy in London's West End. It has been performed all over the world and translated into 17 languages. This audio program, originally commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on the World Service, contains highlights from the stage show as well as new material specially written for radio.
"Shakespeare at His Funniest"