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Award-winning columnist for the Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley speaks at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Thursday. She will also sign copies of her book "The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery."

Tim Maloney And Eric Avner

May 30, 2018

On this final StoryCorps in Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation helped bring StoryCorps to Cincinnati. 

You Know Uncle Tom, But Do You Know Josiah?

May 30, 2018
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Most every American is familiar with the famous anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," but few people know about Josiah Henson, the man whose life story inspired author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Enslaved for more than 40 years, Henson eventually escaped to Canada, building a settlement for fellow escapees called Dawn.

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday, May 26th at 11pm, features interviews with three blues musicians:  Ben Levin, EG Kight, and Marcia Ball, plus songs by Trombone Shorty and Galactic who are coming to the PNC Pavilion in August.


Susan And Rich Eiswerth

May 23, 2018

On this week's StoryCorps in Cincinnati: Susan Eiswerth and her husband, Cincinnati Public Radio Station Manager Rich Eiswerth, talk about their search for Susan's birth father.

Nicole Zistler And Her Son, Tristan

May 16, 2018

Nicole Zistler and 10-year-old son Tristan talk about his adoption and birth father.

Local blues pianist Ben Levin will perform a very special concert with former Muddy Waters sideman and collaborator, "Steady Rollin'" Bob Margolin

Teresa, Toni, And Armania Heckenmueller

May 9, 2018

Teresa Heckenmueller was one of a very small percentage of female officers in the Air Force during the early 1980s. 

Simón Sotelo And Alfonso Cornejo

May 2, 2018

Longtime friends Simón Sotelo and Alfonso Cornejo talk about Cincinnati's Hispanic community and what inspired the creation of the long running local Cincy-Cinco festival. 

Sadie Steller And Lee Ferguson

Apr 26, 2018

A daughter and father talk about how his alcoholism impacted her and the family in this conversation between Sadie Steller and Lee Ferguson.

Tiffany Hudson And Dana Makstaller

Apr 18, 2018

Work, career, family, and reminiscences of when they met…a conversation between friends Tiffany Hudson and Dana Makstaller.

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Some years ago, a collector took an old Confederate bank note into a North Charleston blueprint shop and asked an employee to have it enlarged. The employee, John W. Jones, was also an artist. Taking a magnifying glass to the bank note he noticed an image of a black field hand picking cotton. Through subsequent research, he discovered that scenes of slave labor were used on Southern currency in the mid-19th century as a response to abolition. Jones began painting the images he saw on these bank notes.

Jose Cabrera And David Martin

Apr 11, 2018

David Martin and Jose Cabrera have forged a friendship that started 10 years ago in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and continues to this day in the face of some real world challenges.

Mary Lea Siegel, Betty Siegel, & Kristin Woeste

Mar 28, 2018

Octogenarian sisters Betty and Mary Lea Siegel grew up and still live on Kroger Avenue on Cincinnati's east side. They share some of their memories of that street and their family with Kristin Woeste, their first cousin once removed who also lives on Kroger Avenue.

Laurie And Jonah Yokoyama

Mar 21, 2018

In this heartfelt conversation, Laurie Yokoyama and her spouse, Jonah, talk about their fears and challenges since he came out as trans.

19 year-old Chikah Washington discovers more about his parents' younger years in this conversation with his dad, Michael Washington, and mom, Yasue Kuwahara.

Sometimes a simple conversation between a mom and her sons can cover a lot of ground, as you'll hear when Elizabeth Whitfield is joined by her sons Quincy, age 8, and Graham, age 5.

Kathy King And Shaquille Crutchfield

Feb 28, 2018

A childhood in foster homes and school issues challenged Shaquille Crutchfield from an early age. In this conversation with friend Kathy King, they talk about those difficult times and how his support system never gave up on him.

Yolanda Sherrer And Sherri Fillingham

Feb 21, 2018

The stories told within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are more than historic, they are personal, as we hear in this conversation between co-workers Yolanda Sherrer and Sherri Fillingham.

Libby And Alton Finley

Feb 14, 2018

A love story for this Valentine's Day. 

An energetic conversation among three members of the Red Hot Dancing Queens, a diverse group of women who love to dance and who you'll see in parades and events all around the tri-state…and as Renée Tecco, Claire Stewart, and Errin Simpkins-Travers discuss, even in the Big Easy.

Barbara Stringer And Michael Rebrovich

Jan 31, 2018

Michael Rebrovich was a practicing therapist struggling with his own depression, or at least that's what he thought, as he tells his friend Barbara Stringer in this emotional conversation.

For Black History Month: Frank Johnson has a preview of many of the events and activities that will be taking place at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in this conversation with Chris Miller, Manager of Program Initiatives. 

Ruth Rodriguez And Rebeca Arbona

Jan 24, 2018

Ruth Rodriguez came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico as a child in the late 1940's. 

Roz Harkavy And Ben Sloan

Jan 17, 2018

Roz Harkavy moved to Cincinnati from Canton in the mid-1950's and wanted to be part of a caring, involved community. 

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With snow crunching underfoot, two snare drums kept the beat as people sang "We Shall Overcome" and  marched nearly three-quarters of a mile to commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King, Junior. This was part of West Chester's 19th annual celebration of the slain civil rights leader.

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Historians cite December 1, 1955 as the beginning of the modern civil rights movement. That was the day Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. But for many, the fight for civil rights was sparked by individual, personal incidents of intolerance, injustice or abuse.

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In 1979, James Baldwin planned his next book, "Remember This House," a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  But at the time of his death in 1987, he had completed only thirty pages of his manuscript.

Dr. John Bryant And Leslie Kreines

Jan 10, 2018

Dr. John Bryant is an esteemed community leader and is considered a pioneer in urban education. 

Nancy Yerian And Jesse Kramer-Parr

Jan 3, 2018

Friends Nancy Yerian and Jesse Kramer-Parr have much in common: they are professional colleagues, have a passion for history, and they both have faced backlash for being gay. 

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