Ram Goat Liver

February 27, 2021

“Ram Goat Liver,” recorded by Pluto Shervington, 1976.

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Hurricane

February 27, 2021

“Hurricane,” written and recorded by Kris Delmhorst, 2003.

Kris Delmhorst website

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The Sky Is Falling

February 27, 2021

“The Sky Is Falling,” a 1947 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Mighty Mouse, directed by Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919–2021

February 26, 2021

I Am Waiting” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1958. Read by Abu B. Rafique.

“Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an acclaimed poet and longtime proprietor of City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore and avant-garde publishing house that catapulted the Beat Generation to fame and helped establish the city as a center of literary and cultural revolution, died Feb. 22 at his home in San Francisco. He was 101.”

— “Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at 101,” Emma Brown, Washington Post

More:

“Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet And Small Press Publisher, Dies At 101,” Tom Virtale, NPR

“Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101,” Jesse McKinley, New York Times

City Lights Booksellers and Publishers website

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Freedom Riders

February 25, 2021

A brief look at 1961’s Freedom Riders from Smithsonian Magazine. More here.

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The New Negro at The 1900 Paris Exposition

February 24, 2021

The 1900 Paris Exposition (Exposition Universelle), like many World’s Fairs and theme parks, had a leavening of exotic stereotypes. A counterweight was “The Exhibit of American Negroes,” depicting African American social progress, curated by W. E. B. Du Bois. Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, with Rhae Lynn Barnes, Chad Williams, and Farah Griffin. From Black History in 2 Minutes (Or So).

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The Harlem Hellfighters

February 23, 2021

In January 1918, the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment landed in France to fight in World War I. Rather than desegregating its own combat units, the US put the 369th Infantry Regiment under French command. These American “Harlem Hellfighters” fought for 191 days, longer than any American troops, and were honored by France and the United States. Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates and Hasan Jeffries. From Black History in 2 Minutes (Or So).

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The ‘Birth of a Nation’ and the NAACP

February 22, 2021

In 1915 D.W. Griffith released a propaganda film, “The Birth of a Nation,” enshrining the neo-Confederate “Lost Cause” mythology, the KKK, and its racist justification., using White actors in blackface to perpetuate stereotypes. The NAACP, founded in 1909, largely as anti-lynching organization, understandably protested the film’s screening. Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, with Vincent Brown, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Imani Perry. From Black History in 2 Minutes (Or So).

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That’s How Every Empire Falls

February 21, 2021

“That’s How Every Empire Falls,” written by RB Morris, recorded by John Prine, 2008.

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Imagine

February 21, 2021

“Imagine,” written by John Lennon, recorded by India Carney and Scary Pockets, 2020. India Carney (lead vocal), Jack Conte (keyboards), Ryan Lerman (guitar), Sam Wilkes (bass), Lemar Carter (drums), Louis Cato (background vocals).

India Carney website

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