January 29, 2015

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

January 28, 2015 - Segment 4 - Scholar Annette Gordon-Reed joins Marc to discuss her book called The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which follows the family of Sally Hemings, who was enslaved by Thomas Jefferson and bore his children.
September 12, 2014

Moment in Maryland Black History: The Christiana Rebellion

September 11, 2014 - Segment 2 - Learn about a little-known but significant piece of American history, which began on September 11, 1851: The Christiana Rebellion. The rebellion led to the first major conspiracy trial in U.S. history, where both black and white men were put on trial for defying the Fugitive Slave Act.
August 7, 2014

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

August 6, 2014 - Segment 2 - What does the sweet stuff you put in your coffee have to do with the French Revolution? Or the history of slavery in the Caribbean and United States? We find out in this conversation with Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, authors of Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science.
April 3, 2014

Faces Of Freedom

April 2, 2014 - Segment 2 - We begin the show with a spotlight on "Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond," a project (including an exhibit, performances, and lectures) that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864, which ended slavery in the state.
February 15, 2014

Betty DeRamus on ‘Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad’

February 14, 2014 - Segment - As part of our Valentine's Day special, I talk to award-winning journalist Betty DeRamus about her fascinating book, Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad. The book tells the largely untold tales of ordinary men and women who faced mobs, bloodhounds, bounty hunters, and bullets to be together -- and defy a system that categorized blacks not only as servants, but as property.
January 16, 2014

Craig Steven Wilder, Author of ‘Ebony & Ivy,’ On How Slavery Built the Ivy League

January 16, 2014 - Segment 5 - We close out the show with Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America's Elite Colleges.
December 9, 2013

On the Anniversary of the 13th Amendment: The Other Side of Lincoln

December 6, 2013 - Segment 4 - We look at the other side of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed film that received criticism for its underdeveloped Black characters. We will explore the three Black characters featured in the film, illuminating their lives and their roles in the political struggle for freedom in America.
October 17, 2013

Andrea Stuart – Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s History of Slavery and Empire

October 17, 2013 - Hour 2 - Author Andrea Stuart talks about her book Sugar in the Blood: A Family's History of Slavery and Empire, which details the history of both sides - black and white, master and slave - of her Caribbean family, dating back to a sugar plantation in the 1630s.