April 12, 2004 Over 250 years after the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, some West Africans are still trying to come to terms with the involvement of African rulers and slave merchants. For National Geographic's Radio Expeditions, NPR's John Burnett reports from Benin.
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April 8, 2004 It's a compelling story about rape, race and discrimination in the town of Springfield, Ill. Renatta Frazier was an African-American cop whose inaction was blamed for the rape of a young white woman and discovered she was part of a police department cover-up. In an exclusive three-part series, Frazier tells her story.
January 20, 2004 Commentator S. Pearl Sharp shares her thoughts on the unveiling of the Paul Robeson stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.
November 10, 2003 Commentator S. Pearl Sharp talks about the social breakdown by class within the African-American community.
October 4, 2003 The remains of more than 400 slaves and freed blacks who died in the days before the Revolutionary War are reinterred in New York. They were uncovered more than a decade ago, during excavation of a construction site for a federal building in lower Manhattan. NPR's Alison Keyes reports.
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October 6, 2000 In this special edition of Lost and Found Sound, 20 years of recordings from a small tobacco town were recorded by James Eddie McCoy. The collection is called A Man Tapes his Town -The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy.
April 28, 2000 Arriving in this country, Vietnamese immigrants have looked for a place to make their own economic niche. Many found one as manicurists. They not only acquire a new set of professional skills, but a new identity as well. Lost and Found Sound looks at how these immigrants adjust to a new life.
April 28, 2000 The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, with Laura Folger present a sonic montage that allows Vietnamese immigrant women to tell about their experiences in coming to the United States. Many Vietnamese women work as manicurists; quite a few in the San Francisco area. We hear how the pop music of America trickled into their lives while they were still in their homeland, and how that formed part of there sense of what America would be One woman heard what she called California Dreaming -- (it was really If You're Going to San Francisco) -- and she wanted to be there with "flowers in my hair" We present voices of Vietnamese immigrants in an impressionist manner without narration and mixed with the sound of an English-language instruction tape for Vietnamese speakers that comments on the mood. We also hear the music and sounds that shape these women's lives. Part two of the Kitchen Sisters' sonic montage of Vietnamese immigrant women telling about their experiences in coming to the United States.
February 25, 2000 This year we're continuing our Lost and Found Sound series on an occasional basis. Today's installment, "The House of Night," is the story of the Mojave Indians, their language and their songs and one man who tried to preserve both for future generations. Beginning in the mid-1960's Guy Tyler began making recordings of the Mojave language and of their 525 song cycle, called the Creation Song. This 13 hour song is a map of the tribe's origins. The songs describe celestial cycles, the positions of stars, planets, and elaborate descriptions of migratory birds.
December 17, 1999 Lost and Found Sound presents the story of William Allen Taylor, a disk jockey and a bit of an actor, who went looking for the sound of the voice of his father. Taylor was born out of wedlock. It was only late in life that Taylor discovered his father was Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins -- a former Pullman reporter who in 1948 became Cleveland's first black disk jockey. Hawkins broadcast live from the window of his record store, and was widely influential. But there are no known recordings of Hawkins' voice. So, by talking to those who knew Hawkins and listened to his program, William Allen Taylor attempts to bring his father's voice to life again through imitation.
September 24, 1999 As part of our series "Lost & Found Sound," we present an un-narrated story about R. A. Coleman, a black man who recorded the sound of African-American weddings and other events in Memphis during the same period that Sam Phillips was recording those of the white people of the city. Coleman was originally just a photographer, but he began to provide recordings to enhance the memories of couples. He even recorded at funerals. He's remembered by his friends and family.
September 17, 1999 The year long series, Lost and Found Sound, presents the story of Sam Phillips, the man who founded and ran the Memphis Recording Service. Phillips was a rural boy with the dream of capturing songs of poor Southern people on records. He started in radio. Then, in the late 1940's, he opened a studio in Memphis. The sound he captured has helped shape rock and roll and American music ever since. We hear from Phillips, his family, friends, music experts and some of his recording talent, as they recall the years when Phillips came to realize his dream.
October 16, 1998 Film Critic Pat Dowell reports on Beloved, the new movie by Jonathan Demme based on the Toni Morrison novel. The movie was produced by and stars Oprah Winfrey.
January 2, 1998 NPR's Vertamae Grosvenor reflects on how experiences of the past play out in present day relationships among black women. Her observations came during the filming of Beloved. Grosvenor portrays one of 30 formerly enslaved women who live in a small Ohio town. The film, due for release later this year, stars Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey and is directed by Jonathan Demme. It's based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison.
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