What Is the Impact of Coal on America’s Environment, History and Culture?

Why do Americans contribute more heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere than Europeans with similar standards of living? One reason is our dependence on cars, but another, less-talked-about reason is coal. Americans rely on coal for nearly half our electricity. Electrical generation pumps out more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector — cars, trucks, planes, and ships — combined. Today at 1pm and 9pm, a new American RadioWorks documentary goes back to the roots of our addiction to coal, and shows how our fuel choices changed American culture and history.

Mississippi’s Tortured Civil Rights History

Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. WFPL will air “State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement” tonight at 8pm. You can listen to the documentary now.

Getting Equal Access to Transportation

Tonight at 8pm, WFPL presents “Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality,” a new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America’s roads and transit lines. This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

Thurgood Marshall: Before the Court

Saturday, April 17, 2010 9pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again Thurgood Marshall is best known as the first African American appointed to United States Supreme Court and as the lead attorney in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. Just as remarkable, Marshall was an instrumental figure in striking down the legal… Continue reading Thurgood Marshall: Before the Court

What Killed Sergeant Gray?

Saturday, March 6, 2010 9pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again Sergeant Adam Gray made it home from Iraq only to die in his barracks. Investigating his death, American RadioWorks pieces together a story of soldiers suffering psychological scars – because they abused Iraqi prisoners. The documentary investigates the mysterious death of an Iraq War veteran… Continue reading What Killed Sergeant Gray?

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

Saturday, March 6, 2010 8pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again In the 1970s and ’80s, a generation of Americans took part in a vast social experiment. They got on buses, and rode across racial lines. Nearly everyone who experienced school desegregation has a story to tell about crossing racial lines. Together they reflect an era marked… Continue reading An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

Say It Plain: A Century of African American Oratory

Saturday, February 27, 2010 9pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech is broadcast each February to mark Black History Month, the magnetic cadence of his words is almost impossible to resist. Like black speakers before and after him, King testified to how America betrayed… Continue reading Say It Plain: A Century of African American Oratory

King's Last March

Saturday, February 27, 2010 8pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen again “King’s Last March” traces the final year of King’s life. It was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of the civil rights leader’s career, yet it has not been the focus of significant public attention. For many, the image of King is of… Continue reading King's Last March

Divorced Kid

Saturday, January 2, 2010 9pm Producer: Sasha Aslanian/American Public Media Listen Again Award-winning former American RadioWorks’ producer Sasha Aslanian explores the “divorce revolution” of the 1970s through the perspective of kids–like herself–who lived through it, and experts who have had three decades to make sense of it. The documentary includes interviews with Avery Corman, the… Continue reading Divorced Kid

American RadioWorks: Early Lessons

Saturday, December 19, 2009 Producer: American Public Media Listen Again The Perry Preschool Project is one of the most famous education experiments of the last 50 years. The study asked a question: Can preschool boost the IQ scores of poor African-American children and prevent them from failing in school? The surprising results are now challenging… Continue reading American RadioWorks: Early Lessons