Paper airplanes, photographs of men in rows, birds nests, gay bar matchbooks, dolls hats —an untraditional take on what warrants our attention. We wander through a curated collection of collections at the Los Angeles Central Library examining the role collections play in telling our stories.
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After a devastating car accident that made his work as a janitor impossible, civil rights activist Eddie McCoy, picked up a scavenged tape recorder and began taping anyone and everyone in his town—from the oldest person on down—piecing together the little known history of the African American community in Oxford, …
Deep in the hidden archives of Harvard’s Houghton Library are the butter stained recipes and chocolate wrappers of Emily Dickinson's Hidden Kitchen—a world of black cake, gingerbread, slant rhyme, secret loves, family scandals and poems composed on the backs of coconut cake recipes.
One of the most controversial, outspoken men of the last century, comedian Lenny Bruce spent much of his life in court defending his freedom of speech and First Amendment rights. His provocative social commentary and “verbal jazz” offended mainstream culture and resulted in countless arrests on obscenity and other charges. …
Keepers: people possessed with a passion for preservation, individuals afflicted with a bad case of Archive Fever. The Keepers continues with the story of one such man, Henri Langlois, founder and curator of one of the world’s great film archives, the Cinémathèque Française.
During the Depression, as part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Kentucky WPA hired pack horse librarians, mostly women, to carry books to isolated cabins, rural school houses and homebound coalminers in the poverty stricken Appalachian Mountains.
The first story in our new The Keepers— Archiving the Underground, delves into The Hip Hop Archive at Harvard University and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection with stories from DJs, scholars, students, and hip hop pioneers.
A visit to the Museum of the Antique Fan Collectors Association where passionate collectors can tell the make, model and year of a fan by its whir. And the AT&T; Archive—how this one-time monopoly chronicled its own history and sold itself to America.
Fish mongers recorded on the streets of Harlem in the 1930s; an 8-year-old girl’s impromptu news cast made on a toy recorder in a San Diego store; Voices of the Dust Bowl gathered on a 50-pound Presto recorder in the migrant labor camps of the 1930s, and more.
97 - Pan American Blues: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry & "Harmonica Wizard" DeFord Bailey, the show's first African American performer.
The dramatic stories of three pioneering activists, protectors and Keepers of the environment—Ken Sleight, Katie Lee, and Mark Dubois—who fought the damming of wild rivers in the West.
Food not bombs—looking beyond the militarization of space. An American astronaut and Russian Cosmonaut share nightly meals during their six months together on the Space Station. South Korea’s first astronaut practices Kimchi Diplomacy in space feeding the food of home to her Russian comrades in orbit.
The Agave Goddess with 200 breasts; jimadors stripping lethal thorny leaves off agaves; farmers battling cambio climatico (climate change); distillers contemplating mono culture production and the environmental impact of tequila; generations-old tequila makers versus globalization. Stories of tequila from the Tequila Region in Mexico and beyond.
In 1983 Prince hired LA sound technician, Susan Rogers, one of the few women in the industry, to move to Minneapolis and help upgrade his home recording studio as he began work on the album and the movie Purple Rain. Susan, a trained technician with no sound engineering experience became …
In the early 1970’s, radio producer and author Studs Terkel wrote a book called Working. He went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical. Our colleagues at Radio Diaries were given exclusive access …
Mimi Chakarova is a filmmaker, photographer, activist, immigrant and single mother. We talk with Mimi about her films Men a Love Story, The Price of Sex, about women throughout Eastern Europe who are pushed into prostitution, and her latest project Still I Rise, premiering online in April 2018.
Jorge Amado, the beloved Brazilian author of Gabriella, Clove and Cinnamon, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Tent of Miracles – wrote over 30 books in his lifetime. This documentary features interviews with Jorge Amado, composer Dorival Caymmi, activist Harry Belafonte, along with music and dramatizations of the author's work.
San Francisco beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 99 years old this year. We celebrate with poetry, interviews, and overheard conversations between Ferlinghetti and his close friend Erik Bauersfeld (the voice of Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar) about life, San Francisco beat culture in the 1950s, his fight for First Amendment rights …
Two-time Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand hosts Hidden Kitchens—secret, underground, below the radar cooking—how communities come together through food. Stories of NASCAR cooking, Hunting and Gathering with Sicilian blacksmith Angelo Garro, and more.