July 4, 2003 On July 5, 1852, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ben Guillory, producing/artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Robey Theatre Company, reads an excerpt from Douglass' speech, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."
January 13, 2002 Essayist Diane Roberts has lots to complain about. Well, she has the right. She's utterly ill. "Our noses are raw," she says, "we walk as if our legs are made out of glass, we clutch raggedy Kleenexes as if they were pieces of the Shroud of Turin."
November 27, 2000 Commentator Bill Harley learned the hard way that he didn't really need so much stuff after all. He says that traveling without his suitcase started out as an inconvenience, but turned into a blessing in disguise.
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August 1, 2000 Most Americans come to France expecting to see the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Commentator David Sedaris describes his experiences in the City of Lights from his preferred venue: the inside of a movie theater.
January 1, 1999 Commentator Bill Harley tells about his childhood tendency to get injured -- especially on holidays. His parents were always rushing him off to the emergency room. He tells the story of one New Year's Day when his father was deeply involved in the Rose Bowl game and once again Harley was in need of immediate medical attention.
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