Black History

Dissent In America

Dissent In America – 1960 – Past Daily Reference Room

Dissent In America – The Open Mind – April 1960 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Dissent in America. What was going on, what was it up to, who was dissenting, how were they dissenting? Was dissent real, or was it a knee-jerk/feel-good exercise that lasted only a few minutes...

Max Roach - Abbey Lincoln

Max Roach – Abbey Lincoln – Live In Paris – 1967 – Past Daily Downbeat

Max Roach Quartet with Abbey Lincoln – Live in Paris at Studio 104, Maison de la Radio – May 19,1967 – Radio France Musique – Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, a milestone collaboration this week. In their own right, both Roach and Lincoln were highly regarded and much admired performers;...

School Pushouts - 1970

Pushouts – School Integration In The 70s – 1974 – Past Daily Reference Room

NPR – Options In Education – Pushouts – September 4, 1974 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In the 1970s the prevailing controversy in the area of education was School integration by way of busing. It was a way of complying with Supreme Court rulings in the 1950s that stated...

Clarence Thomas

October 20, 1991 – Dawning Of The Age Of Clarence

ABC World News This Week – October 20, 1991 – ABC Radio News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 20, 1991 culminated a week of contentious questioning and cross-examination over President Bush’s nomination of Clarence Thomas to the bench of the Supreme Court. Riding in on a cloud of...

Bo Diddley

A Word Or Two From Bo Diddley – 1986 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles

Bo Diddley – Interview – June 26, 1986 The legendary Bo Diddley; one of those figures who had a hand in the birth of Rock n’Roll. I say “a hand in” because there are many figures laying claim to being its father. And looking at the history of Rock, it’s...

Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas Hearings 1991

October 10, 1991 – Hill Goes To The Hill – The Ever-present Stain Of Harrassment

October 10, 1991 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 10, 1991 – and the atmosphere around Capitol Hill was going to get very thick with outrage. Days after revelations that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas was accused of Sexual harassment by a former colleague,...

Vice-President Hubert Humphrey

October 4, 1964 – Pressing Flesh And Assessing Damage

October 4, 1964 – ABC Radio News On The Hour – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 4, 1964 – A Sunday; and by all accounts, a reasonably quiet day. Hurricane Hilda had been reduced to a tropical storm, dissipating after reaching land, but not without causing damage throughout the...

Bumps Blackwell (w/Little Richard)

Bumps Blackwell Talks About Little Richard, Sam Cooke And Early Rock n’ Roll – 1969 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Bumps Blackwell talks about Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Sam Cooke and the early days of Rock n’ Roll in this rare interview, done around 1969. Robert “Bumps” Blackwell was a key figure in the initial birth and promotion of Rock n’ Roll, helping bring it out of the predominately African-American...

The Spinners

The Spinners – On Soul! 1973 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Spinners – in session on Soul! – NET-TV – January 13, 1973 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The Spinners were a huge hit making machine all through the 1960s and 70s. Still together today, but with only one surviving original member, Henry Fambrough, The Spinners were finally inducted...

Boston Busing 1975

September 14, 1975 – Busing And Sainthood

September 14, 1975 – The World This Week – Gordon Skene Sound Collection September 14, 1975 – This week in history saw the start of the school year in Boston and the Busing issue was alive and well with protests and clashes greeting buses of predominately Black children arriving in...