Destination Freedom Black Radio Days

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A live radio show picks up where the first nationwide African-American radio drama, produced in Chicago by Richard Durham more than sixty years ago, left off. The show walked a daring line between reform and revolution, and was shut down by its network in 1950, as McCarthyism and anti-communism tightened its grip on American broadcasting.

As well as drawing on the archive of Destination Freedom (now branded Black Radio Days classic) this program illuminates a largely unknown, but important chapter in the history of human rights and tells how radio played its part from the very beginning. That boundary-breaking program, Destination Freedom, dramatized the lives of great figures in African-American and other people of color past and present, continues in its spirit with all-new scripts.

Produced by donnie l. betts.

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Episodes

S3 EP5  The Eclectic - Interview with co-creator of Theatre of The Mind and musical great, David Byrne

S3 EP5 The Eclectic – Interview with co-creator of Theatre of The Mind and musical great, David Byrne

I’m donnie l. betts. "Now I've been very lucky in my life to meet some of my artistic and scholarly heroes. People like August Wilson, Sonia Sanchez, Grace Lee Boggs, and Oscar Brown Junior. Next on the Eclectic, I sit in conversation with another one of my creative idols. He ...
S3 EP4  The Eclectic - Interview with Director of Theatre of The Mind, Andrew J. Scoville

S3 EP4 The Eclectic – Interview with Director of Theatre of The Mind, Andrew J. Scoville

We are joined by Andrew J. Scoville, a NYC-based, Chicago-born theater director and creator of original work. He specializes in immersive layouts, technological landscapes, and hybrid-genre theater-making ...
S3 Ep3  The Eclectic- Conversation with Producer of Theatre of The Mind, Charlie Miller

S3 Ep3 The Eclectic- Conversation with Producer of Theatre of The Mind, Charlie Miller

Host donnie betts is joined by Charlie Miller, the Executive Director & Curator of Off-Center and part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Executive Team. Off-Center was originally conceived ...
S3 Ep 2 The Tale of Stackalee: The Live Concert

S3 Ep 2 The Tale of Stackalee: The Live Concert

As a follow up to S3 Ep1, this episode features a concert by Lionel Young, Roy Hightower, and Otis Taylor recorded live directly following the audio drama The Tale of Stackalee. Lionel Young Mr. Young ...
S3 Ep 1 The Tale of Stackalee

S3 Ep 1 The Tale of Stackalee

As a man, the lowlife pimp and murderer Lee Shelton has all but sunk into obscurity. However, as raised up by more than a century of popular culture, the righteous killer Stagger Lee has become an icon ...
S2 Ep 22 The Ballad of Satchel Paige

S2 Ep 22 The Ballad of Satchel Paige

This episode features Lionel Young, winner of the 2008 and 2011 International Blues Challenge, plus numerous classical and blues awards. The EP also features Blues great Otis Taylor and his daughter Cassie ...

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