Airs Thursday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the Celebration of African American history and culture with traditional African-American Spirituals such as I'm Runnin' On, Peace Like a River, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, Rock-a-My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham, Deep River, Let Us Break Bread Together, Down to the River to Pray, and works by Thomas C. Griggs and Joseph J. Daynes. Special guest Alex Boyé will be featured.
Airs Monday, February 11 at 9 p.m. This past Martin Luther King Holiday (January, 2013) Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo performed live at the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Los Angeles in honor of Dr. King. Producer Jim Luce shares the live recording of this solo performance, mixed with Luis' own comments about his introduction to the Civil Rights Movement, and his own musical journey from his home in Caracas, to the jazz capital of the world, New York City.
Airs Sunday, February 10 at 6 p.m. How could a nation founded on a Declaration that proclaimed "all men are created equal" permit slavery? Nowhere was this contradiction more stark than in federal courts. In this one-hour Humankind special, we'll consider several historical flashpoints, which forced the judicial issues. In one case, historians, legal scholars and actors re-create the fugitive slave trial of Anthony Burns, a teenager born a slave in Virginia who escaped to freedom in Boston. The federal court proceedings that followed his arrest and court-ordered return to slavery provoked the largest abolitionist protest the nation had ever seen. We also look in-depth at the most controversial ruling in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court -- the Dred Scott case, which held that blacks had "no rights which the white man was bound to respect." We examine how these cases aggravated tensions before the Civil War, stirred up abolitionist sentiment and harmed the legitimacy of the courts. With historians including Columbia University’s Eric Foner, who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his book, ‘The Fiery Trial – Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery’, we examine the pre-Civil War role that U.S. federal courts played in upholding slavery. We consider the notorious Dred Scott ruling, in which the Supreme Court held that blacks have no rights that whites must respect, as well as a historic fugitive slave case in Boston that triggered the largest anti-slavery protest the nation had ever seen (includes dramatizations).
Airs Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Zydeco Nation is an hour-long, music-rich documentary that tells the story about an epic chapter in modern American history. Starting during World War II, French-speaking Louisiana Creoles began moving across the country to Northern California in search of both jobs and freedom. They were part of the Great Migration: the movement of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to the big cities of the West, North, and Midwest starting in 1915.
Airs Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. This one hour special takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town. They are an essential part of New Orleans’ cultural history, but they are struggling—because of the recession, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and potentially the BP oil spill.