was an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002, first on Comedy Central and then on ABC. Four guests (usually including at least one comedian) would debate topics across the political spectrum in what Maher once described as “The McLaughlin Group on acid.” Of the 1300+ episodes produced, 190 can be viewed on YouTube. [more inside]
Robert Penn Warren's book Who Speaks for the Negro?
was a collection of interviews with various men and women involved in the Civil Rights Movement published in 1965. Vanderbilt University has made all the interviews
available as audio and transcripts, taken from the original reel-to-reel recordings. Among the interviewees were Martin Luther King Jr.
, Malcolm X
, Septima Poinsette Clark
, Ralph Ellison
, Stokely Carmichael
, James Baldwin
and Bayard Rustin
. On the page for each interview there are links to related documents
, such as letters, photos and contemporary news articles.
: "Folklorist Alan Lomax
spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world." Now, nearly ten years after his death, thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time.
"It's part of what Lomax envisioned for [his] collection — long before the age of the Internet." (Mr. Lomax, Previously on MeFi) [more inside]
What was it like during the Great Depression?
University of Oregon Economist Mark Thoma links to interviews by Studs Terkel which deal with the Great Depression. All interviews in Real Player format. Interviewees: Gardner C. Means
, economic adviser to FDR. Peggy Terry
, a migrant farm worker (my favorite interview). Virginia Durr
, civil rights activist. Ed Paulsen
, dayworker. Emma Tiller
, cook. Pauline Kael
Pauline Kael). Mary Owsley
, farm worker. Much more in the Hard Times section
of the wonderful Studs Terkel website
, which has been featured twice previously on MetaFilter (1
) [via Obsidian Wings]
) was the object of my search when I stumbled upon The Amazon Connection
, dedicated to Amazon Warrior Women
in history, and present-day embodiment of the type. Oh yeah, and Pippy Longstocking
One Hell of a Big Bang
-- Studs Turkel meets Paul Tibbets the pilot of the Enola Gay
. It's a great, though-provoking and disturbing interview to read on Hiroshima Day.