25 February 2013

Say It Loud, Pt. 2 - Airs Feb 27th

Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity from American RadioWorks
Tonight, we present the conclusion of our Black History Month programming. "Say It Loud" includes landmark speeches by Stokely Carmichael, Bayard RustinWard ConnerlyDorothy HeightVernon Jordan, and many others. The vital and rich immediacy of the words spoken within  "Say It Loud" reveal the diversity of ideas and arguments pulsing through the black freedom movement. To hear Part One of "Say It Loud" simply visit the KFAI archives

Special Bonus Track:
"Respect Me" by James Brown from his album Live at the Apollo 1995

20 February 2013

Say It Loud, Pt. 1 - Airs Feb 20th

Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity from American RadioWorks
"Say It Loud" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available for the first time, "Say It Loud" includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others. We will be broadcasting this documentary in two parts. Part 2 will air next week, on February 27th.

12 February 2013

Blind Date - Airs Feb 13th

Gayle and Frank Newby, Ben and Bernice Finn, and Sigmund Stahl from StoryCorps
It all started on a triple blind date that Gayle was absolutely dreading. Within days, however, they were married.
Ben and his wife Bernice met on a blind date over a half-century ago. Ben didn't own a suit so he bought one specifically for the occasion. It was money well spent... even if it meant they could only drink coffee for dinner.
A colleague at work decided Sigmund needed a date & that he was going to fix Sig up. Enter Bonnie. "Did you hear of a movie called Deep Throat?" Bonnie asked. Sig hadn't but "It must be great," he thought. "There's a line around the block!" Stahl was in for quite a shock.

The Penguin Goes A Courtin' by Jonathan GoldsteinBefore The Penguin became a notorious villain in Gotham City, he was a boozing dandy who lived in London. The Penguin's friends all thought that if he just met the right woman, he might be inclined to settle down and avert the disastrous, alcoholic path his life appeared to be taking. His friends held a dinner party at which he was introduced to a woman they believed would make a perfect mate for him -- a singing nanny named Mary, who, like him, traveled about by umbrella. Everyone thought the two eccentrics would get on most splendidly. Everyone, of course, was wrong.

My First Blind Date
by Jean Shepherd
On Saturday nights for several years, Shepherd broadcast his WOR radio program live from the Limelight Cafe in New York City's Greenwich Village. Eight record albums of live and studio performances of Shepherd were released between 1955 and 1975. We'll hear a cut from one of those albums: "Will Failure Spoil Jean Shepherd?" in which Jean is dragged out on a blind date.


05 February 2013

Portrait of Lincoln - Airs Feb 6th

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address read by Orson Welles
Delivered on March 4, 1865, abolitionist Frederick Douglass called the speech "a sacred effort." Additionally, the president himself thought that his Second Inaugural, which offered a theodicy of the Civil War, was better than his Gettysburg Address.

Portrait of Lincoln by Tony Schwartz
Tony asks average New Yorkers what they understand and know about Lincoln. This is taken from a Folkways Records album titled "You're Stepping On My Shadow" released in 1962. The LP is a collection of "sound stories" which aired on WNYC's "Around New York" program that Tony hosted.

Lincoln, Pts. 1 and 2
by Carl Sandburg

Carl August Sandburg was an American writer, historian, hobo, activist, drop-out, and editor, best known for his poetry. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of our 16th President.

Lincoln, Man of the People
by Edwin Markham

This poem was chosen out of two-hundred-fifty Lincoln poems by a committee headed by Chief Justice Taft, the 27th president, to be read at the dedication on May 30th, 1922 of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. One hundred thousand people were present and two-million more were listening in on the radio. We will hear a recitation from Walter Huston who played the President in the 1930 D.W. Griffith film Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
by Vachel Lindsay

Also read by Walter Huston. Poem written in 1914 by a fellow Springfieldian about a man, who even in death, is burdened by tragedy. "He is among us: - as in times before!"


"Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye — is the great invention of the world. Great in the astonishing range of analysis and combination . . . great in enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space." - Abraham Lincoln