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    • Smoketown

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Mark Whitaker's Smoketown is a captivating portrait of this unsung community and a vital addition to the story of black America. It depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. Whitaker takes listeners on a rousing, revelatory journey - and offers a timely reminder that Black History is not all bleak.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hopes for Pittsburgh aka "Up South"

    • By Dr. Pepper on 05-01-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • My Long Trip Home

    • A Family Memoir
    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    In a dramatic, moving work of historical reporting and personal discovery, award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives-and his own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written.

    • By Tina on 03-01-12

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Conversations with Gandhi

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1

    For most of the time between 1906 and 1914 a young Englishwoman by the name of Millie Graham Polak, together with her husband, shared the same house in South Africa as Mahatma Gandhi and his family; she and Gandhi talked about everything under the sun, and Millie wrote down their conversations, later publishing them in a small book. This programme recreates those revealing exchanges.

    Regular price: $6.55

    • The Strange Case of Oliver Cromwell's Head

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    September 3rd 2008 marked the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's death - but his severed head was only finally put to rest in 1960. This is the extraordinary story of what happened to it.

    Regular price: $6.40

    • The Cutteslowe Walls

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Between 1934 and 1959 a middle-class community in North Oxford shielded itself from the working-class next door behind seven foot high walls. Those who grew up in their shadow tell the story.

    Regular price: $6.55

    • Israel in East Africa

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    This programme marks the hundredth anniversary of Britain's offer to the Zionist movement in 1903 of a large part of Kenya as a homeland for East Europe's Jews. The offer was a serious one: and it was treated seriously.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good read

    • By Ronald on 04-08-15

    Regular price: $6.55

    • European Volunteer Workers

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Between 1947 and 1949 the British government, desperately short of workers in the 'essential' industries of agriculture, coal mining and textiles, turned to the millions of East Europeans living in Displaced Persons camps in Germany.

    Regular price: $8.77

    • Squatters' Paradise

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Lack of housing was perhaps the most urgent social problem facing post-war Britain. In the summer of 1946 tens of thousands of people took the situation - and the law - into their own hands, squatting first military camps and then luxury flats and hotels in London.

    Regular price: $6.55

    • Occupation

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    An examination of the Bush Administration's claim that the post-WW2 occupations of Japan and Germany are a good historical analogy for the occupation of Iraq today.

    Regular price: $6.55

    • The Day Jesus Rode into Bristol

    • By: Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated by: Mark Whitaker
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In October 1656 a man called James Nayler, one of the prominent early Quakers, rode into Bristol, dressed in white and accompanied by women followers. It was a provocative mock-up of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The government of the country then ground to a halt for nearly two months as Oliver Cromwell and Parliament tried to decide what to do with him. This entertaining and informative programme explores what happened next.

    Regular price: $6.55