2/23/2009 Listening Lounge

 

Tune in for a healthy dose of Black History Month-related pieces.

Toilet Paper Scrap Chronicles Civil Rights Ordeal: Within the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison rests a carefully-preserved six-foot swatch of toilet paper. Miriam Feingold used it as stationary while incarcerated in a Port Allen, Louisiana Jail in September of 1963. She tells the story of a brutal civil rights struggle during a voter registration drive during which hundreds of people were arrested.

Navigating in Nebraska: Two years ago, 166 Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans ended up in Omaha, Neb., and most of them have decided to stay. Building a new life is never easy, but it's especially difficult when you have to deal with various bureaucracies. Producer Lawrence Lanahan brings us a story about one man's mission to help himself by helping other evacuees get back on their feet.

Experiences with the “N” Word: Producer Paul McDonald reflects on his experiences hearing, using, and understanding the “n” word—you know which one.

Black Tension: Over the past decade, the African immigrant population in the United States has increased rapidly. Their numbers doubled in the 1990s, and the latest estimates say there are over one million US residents from the African continent today. This piece looks at the sometimes tension-filled relationship between African immigrants and Black Americans.

Identity in this Society: Chicago teenager Sean Reed gives a spoken-word performance about the complexities of identity in America, especially for a young black male.

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February 23, 2009

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