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The Radio Archive ~ January - June, 2002

June 27, 2002
Segment 1: "Irish Famine."
Real Media
Sean Farrell of the College of St. Rose interviews James S. Donnelly, Jr. about how historians have struggled to come to terms with the Irish Famine, 1845-51. Donnelly, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a former president of the American Conference of Irish Studies and author of The Great Irish Potato Famine (2001), Irish Agrarian Rebellion (1999), and The Land and People of Nineteenth-Century Cork (1975). Produced by Jane Ladouceur of Talking History/University at Albany.

Segment 2: "Donald Weinstein: The Captain's Concubine."
Real Media
Eileen Dugan interviews Donald Weinstein about his book The Captainís Concubine: Love, Honor and Violence in Renaissance Tuscany. Weinstein is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Arizona.

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June 20, 2002
Segment 1: "The Trumpet Talks: Louis Armstrong's Early Years."
[AUDIO REMOVED, by request of the producer].
From Donnie L. Betts/No Credits Production and Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days, this dramatization of the early years of Louis Armstrong is part of a series that explores the magic of radio from a different era with a focus on famous African-Americans. For further information on Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days go to: www.blackradiodays.com.

Segment 2: "A History of Contraceptives in America"
Real Media
In this interview Andrea Tone, author of Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America looks at how the birth control business evolved from the black market of the 19th century to the mass market of today. Andrea Tone is a professor of history at Georgia Tech University.

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June 13, 2002
Segment 1: "Joan Jacobs Brumberg - Part II."
Real Media
In part 2 of his interview with Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Barry Vogel continues the discussion with Brumberg, author of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. (See May 30, 2002 program for Part 1).

Segment 2: "A History of the Screw & Screwdriver."
Real Media
The screw and screwdriver might be characterized as one of the most basic tools and perhaps one of the most significant inventions in the past 1,000 years, according to Witold Rybczynski. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture and author of One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and Screw. Produced by the Organization of American Historians.

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June 6, 2002
Segment 1: "Trafficking in Women."
Real Media
From the Organization of American Historians, Martina Vandenberg, a researcher for the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch talks about the long history of trafficking in women and how widespread it is around the world.

Segment 2: "William Ferris: Voices of the South"
Real Media
Historically, the South has been the most artistically rich region of the country. This has much to do with the distinctive voices of its artists. In this segment from Dialogue, host George Liston Seay talks with William Ferris, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, about how creators like Eudora Welty, B.B. King and Alex Haley represent the artistic traditions and contributions of the American South.

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May 30, 2002
Segment 1: "Joan Jacobs Brumberg - Part I."
Real Media
In part 1 of this interview, Barry Vogel, producer of Radio Curious, talks with Joan Jacobs Brumberg about the impact of consumer culture on adolescent girls. Brumberg is the author of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls.

Segment 2: "A History of Citizenship"
Real Media
Citizenship is a right guaranteed by those who have fought and died in war and, some would argue, a right taken for granted. Michael Schudson, author of The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life, says while Americans may practice citizenship differently than they used to, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Schudson is a professor of communication and sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

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May 23, 2002
Segment 1: "Joshua Rubenstein: Ilya Ehrenburg."
Real Media
Ilya Ehrenburg's unique genius helped define intellectual commitment in the 20th century. He was devoted to Russia, intellectual freedom and Jewish survival. Joshua Rubenstein, author of Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, explains to Dialogue host George Liston Seay the twists and turns in Ehrenburg's remarkable life.

Segment 2: "Fran Grace: Carrie Nation"
Real Media
An interview with biographer Fran Grace about the woman who became known as the hatchet wielding saloon buster. Grace is the author of Carrie A. Nation: Retelling the Life.

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May 16, 2002
Segment 1: "The Rime of the Ancient Dodger."
[AUDIO REMOVED, by request of the producer].
From Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days, and producer Donniel l. Betts, "The Rime of the Ancient Dodger" is a radio drama that chronicles the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947 by Jackie Robinson.

Segment 2: "Fred Thompson and Coney Island"
Real Media
Amusement parks are as popular today as they were years ago when adults flocked to Coney Island for thrills and adventure. Woody Register, author of The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements looks at one of the creators of mass entertainment at the turn-of-the century at Coney Island. Register is a professor of American Studies at Sewanee, The University of the South.

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May 9, 2002
Segment 1: "Reaganomics on the Hoof: The Arabian Horse Industry in the 1980s."
Real Media MP3. Time: 20:20.
"Reaganomics on the Hoof explores how something as remote and impersonal as changes in tax laws can have far reaching, and completely unforeseen, effects on obscure corners of the American cultural landscape. In the early 1980s Arabian horse breeding operations became glamorous tax shelters, and because they only qualified as tax shelters if the animals were constantly reproducing, the numbers of Arabian horses in the country skyrocketed; prices for top horses reached the millions. When the tax law changed in 1986 the industry collapsed. Horses worth tens of thousands of dollars a when they could be written off were, overnight, became walking dog food. The rich got out of the horse industry, the horse people could no longer make a living, and thousands of horses were sold by the pound. Now, more than 15 years later, the industry is just starting to show signs of recovery. Produced by Lizzie Redkey for Talking History (University at Albany).

Segment 2: " E. Fuller Torrey: The Invisible Plague of Mental Illness"
Real Media
For 250 years, Westerners have believed that the rate of insanity was stable. New evidence shows that rate has drastically increased since 1750. From Dialogue, George Liston Seay talks with clinical and research psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, director of the Stanley Research Programs and co-author with Judy Miller of Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 - Present.

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May 2, 2002
Segment 1: "Joshua Freeman: Mayday 2002.
Real Media
Joshua B. Freeman, the author of Working Class New York: Life And Labor Since World War II, delivered this talk at the Mayday celebration at the University at Albany on May 1, 2002. Freeman is Professor of History and director of the Labor Studies program at Queens College, and a faculty member of the CUNY Graduate Center history program. (audio to be added.)

Segment 2: "Lisa Norling: Wives of Whalefishermen"
Real Media
From the OAH and Creighton University, an interview with Lisa Norling, author of Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and Whalefishery, 1720-1870. Norling, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, talks about the lives of sea-wives.

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April 25, 2002
Segment 1: "Roderick Nash and American Wilderness."
Real Media.Time: 17:45.
What began as a dissertation more than 40 years ago became one of the most influential history books of our time. Fred Neilsen talks with Roderick Nash about his book Wilderness and the American Mind.

Segment 2: New York Works ~ "The Seltzer Man"
Real Media. MP3. Time: 8:03.

In 1919 Walter Backerman's grandfather delivered seltzer to his customer's on New York's Lower East side by horse and wagon. Then there were hundreds of seltzer men in the city; today Walter is one of the last. From contributing producer Joe Richman's series New York Works: Audio Portraits of a Vanishing City, here is Walter's story.

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April 18, 2002
Segment 1: "The History Behind the Journalism of Latin Amercia."
Real Media.
From guerilla wars to economic crises, events in Latin America have long histories; headline stories do not exist in a vacuum. Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America talks with Dialogue's George Liston Seay about the stories behind the stories we read in the newspaper. Time: 28:18.

Segment 2: "The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula"
Real Media.
Was Dracula purely a fictional character or is there some truth to the myths that abound? In an interview with Kurt Treptow we look at the life of Vlad the Impaler. Treptow is the author of Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula and director of the Center for Romanian Studies in Iasi, Romania.

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April 11, 2002
Segment 1: "Marian Anderson: The Choir Girl of Philadelphia."
[AUDIO REMOVED, by request of the producer].
From Donnie L. Betts/No Credits Production and Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days, this piece is part of a series devoted to re-presenting Richard Durham's classic 1940s and 1950s radio series focusing on African American history and culture. For further information on Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days, go to www.blackradiodays.com.[Audio to be added]

Segment 2: "A History of American Consumer Debt."
Real Media
According to our Lendol Calder, debt is nothing new to Americans. Calder, professor of history at Augustana College and the author of Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit, explains the long-standing willingness of Americans to get ahead by getting into debt.

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April 4, 2002
Segment 1: "Destination Freedom: Denmark Vesey."
[AUDIO REMOVED, by request of the producer].
From Donnie L. Betts/No Credits Production and Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days, this piece is part of a series devoted to re-presenting Richard Durham's classic 1940s and 1950s radio series focusing on African American history and culture. This piece tells the story of the principal organizer of a failed slave rebellion in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822. For further information on Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days, go to www.blackradiodays.com.[Audio to be added]

Segment 2: "Jefferson Davis"
Real Media
In Part 3 of the Civil War series from Creighton University, William J. Cooper Jr., looks at the life of Jefferson Davis. Cooper is Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University. His book on Jefferson Davis, Jefferson Davis, American, received the 2001 Los Angeles Times' Book Award for best biography. [Audio to be added.]

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March 28, 2002
Segment 1: "The Jefferson County Gospel Quartet."
A documentary on the gospel music tradition born in the steel mills and coal mines of Jefferson County, Alabama during the first half of the 20th century. Produced by David Isay in 1992.

Segment 2: "Jean Edward Smith: Ulysses S. Grant"
Civil War: Part II A look at the life of Ulysses S. Grant, a national hero and two-term president, with biographer Jean Edward Smith. Smith is a professor of political science at Marshall University and author of Grant, recognized by the New York Times as one of the most distinguished books of 2001. [Audio to be added.]

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March 21, 2002
Segment 1: "Matilda Joslyn Gage."
Radio Curious producer Barry Vogel continues his Chautauqua style interviews with Matilda Joslyn Gage in the person of Sally Roesch Wagner. Time: 30:22.

Segment 2: "Louis Masur: 1831"
Part One of a four-part series on the Civil War from Creighton University. Historian Louis Masur looks at the year 1831 and why he considers it pivotal in relationship to the Civil War. Masur is a professor of history at the City College of New York and author of 1831: Year of Eclipse. Time: 21:47.

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March 14, 2002
Segment 1: "The Idea of India."
Dialogue host George Liston Seay discusses the subtleties and the little known significance of the contradictions of modernity and democracy in India, the most populous democracey in the world, with Sunil Khilnani, author of The Idea of India. Time: 28:18.

Segment 2: "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
March, 2002 marks the 150th anniversary of Uncle Tom's Cabin. From Creighton University, this segment features a discussion with historian Joan Hedrick about the book and its author. Hedrick is a professor of history at Trinity College and author of the Pulitzer Prize winning biography Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life. Time: 20:52.

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March 7, 2002
Segment 1: "Salih Booker: The Unknown History of US/African Relations."
For much of the last half century, the United States has ranked as one of the great international powers. In this interview from Creighton University, Salih Booker, director of Africa Action, talks about the little-known history of relations between the United States and Africa. Time: 22:39.

Segment 2: "Virginia Militia Men: Reenactors"
Radio Curious producer Barry Vogel brings us the stories of Virginia Militia men, as told by a group of modern day re-enactors. Time: 29:14.

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February 28, 2002
Segment 1: "The Rebellion Within."
This half-hour documentary was produced by Claude Marks of The Freedom Archives/Real Dragon Productions to mark the 30th anniversary (August 21, 2001) of the murder of George Jackson in San Quentin Prison. It includes historical materials from the Freedom Archives, which contains over 5000 hours of audiotapes from mid-60s to 90s. [Audio to be added.] Time: 29:00.

Segment 2: "The History of Handwriting"
From Creighton University, Dr. Tamara Plakins Thornton explores the world of handwriting and its instruction in the U.S. Plakins is Associate Professor of history at the State University of New York at Buffalo and author of Handwriting in America: A Cultural History. Time: 16:38.

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February 21, 2002
Segment 1: "Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit."
In this interview from Creighton University David Margolick discusses the impact of "Strange Fruit," a song about lynching in the South made famous by singer Billie Holiday. Margolick is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine and author of Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society and an Early Cry for Civil Rights. Time: 20:23.

Segment 2: "Frederick Douglas & Elizabeth Cady Stanton"
In another piece from the Chautauqua series by Radio Curious producer Barry Vogel, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglas engage in a lively discussion. Time: 29:49.

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February 14, 2002
Segment 1: "The Presidential Campaign of 1948."
Real Media MP3. Time: 28:35.
Talking History contributing producer Lester Graham brings us this exploration of the 1948 presidential campain.

Segment 2: "William Stifel: 125 Years of the Westminster Dog Show."
Real Media 28 kbps. Real Media 56 kbps. Time: 17:03.
The Westminster Dog Show has a long and colorful history as this interview from Creighton University with William Stiffel explores. Stiffel is the Westminster Show historian and author of The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster.

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February 7, 2002
Segment 1: "Julius Robert Oppenheimer."
Dialogue host George Liston Seay discuss the complicated life and career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, both the father and opponent of the the atomic bomb with Kai Bird, author of what will be the first definitive biography of Oppenheimer. [Audio to be Added.]

Segment 2: "Alison Clarke: Tupperware"
A look at this cultural symbol of the American way of life with Alison Clarke, author of Tupperware: The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America. Source: Creighton University.

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January 31, 2002
Segment 1: "Radio Nation: Studs Terkel."
Over the last four decades Studs Terkel has become this nations's most well known oral historian, conducting thousands of interviews on his daily Chicago radio program. Here, from the Radio Nation archives, Marc Cooper interviews Terkel and talks about Terkel's book, The Spectator. Time: 27:40.

Segment 2: "Arthur Neal: National Trauma and Collective Memory."
Arthur Neal talks about national trauma and its impact on collective memory and the age group most likely to be affected by the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Neal is the author of National Trauma and Collective Memory: Major Events in the American Century. Time: 16:38.

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January 24, 2001
Segment 1: "David Nasaw: William Randolph Hearst."
From the Radio Nation archives, Marc Cooper talks with City University of New York historian David Nasaw about the life of publisher William Randolph Hearst. Nasaw is author of the Hearst biography, The Chief. Time: 16:56.

Segment 2: "Conrad's Garage"
In this piece recounting a bit early radio history, Harry Mills recalls his early fascination with Ham radio and his discovery of the early, experimental radio transmissions from Frank Conrad's garage in 1919. Produced by Joe Richman. Time: 11:46.

Segment 3: "The Swastika: A Symbol Beyond Redemption?"
From Creighton University, Steven Heller talks about what has become one of the most universally hated symbols, the swastika, and what it represented before it became forever indentified with the Nazis in Germany. Heller is the senior art director at the New York Times and chairman of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Arts. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption. Time:17:04.

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January 17, 2001
Segment 1: "Maria Stewart."
In this piece from the Chautauqua series by producer Barry Vogel, he interviews Maria Stewart as portrayed by Sandra Kamasukuri. Publicly active in the 1820s and 30s, Stewart, an intensely religious free black woman, residing in Boston is believed to be the first women to lecture publicly on political matters and the first black woman to speak out for women's righs and against slavery. Time: 29:41.

Segment 2: "The Memphis Sanitation Strike"
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg for Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report at WBAI, NY, this piece includes an interview with a sanitation worker from Memphis and an excerpt from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. at the time of that strike. Time: 9:52.

Segment 3: "Clayborne Carson The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr."
Creighton University's Dennis Mihelich interviews Stanford University history professor Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Project and editor of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Originally broadcast in January, 2000, this piece reviews King's accomplishment and his place in the modern Civil Rights movement. Time: 17:20.

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January 10, 2002
Segment 1: "Horace Greeley."
Producer Barry Vogel talks with newspaperman Horace Greeley as portrayed by Chautauqua scholar David Fenimore in a Chautauqua style "interview" that took place in 1996. Time: 28:35.

Segment 2: "The Greatest Generation? Part IV: The Baby Boomers"
In the final segment of the four-part series on Greatest Generations from Creighton University David Farber talks about the Baby Boom generation. Farber is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico and author of The Age of Great Dreams. Time: 18:38.

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January 3, 2002
Segment 1: "The Greatest Generation? Part III: The Depression."
In part 3 of the four-part series on Greatest Generations, from Creighton University, David Kennedy discusses the Depression era and WWII generation. Kennedy is the author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Time: 17:36.

Segment 2: "Ellis Island"
From the Radio Curious Archives, producer Barry Vogel talks with Andrew Weiss, an Ellis Island tour guide and Columbia University doctoral student at the time of this 1992 interview. They note the many immigrants that arrived in this country through its portals, considering both their mythic and real experiences. Time: 29:38.

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