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The Sound of Ideas: Drug Testing at School

From WCPN | Part of the StateImpact Ohio series | 50:19

Starting next fall, students at St. Ignatius, St. Edward and Gilmour Academy will have to submit a lock of hair to test for drugs. School officials point to the heroin epidemic. They say the goal is to get students help, not to punish anyone. Some public schools already require certain students to get tested, like athletes. But critics wonder if mandatory drug tests are necessary or effective.

Students-taking-tests-peter-bulthuis-300x224_small Guests included:

Jim Kubacki
, President of St. Edward High School in Lakewood
Brother Robert Lavelle , Gilmour Academy Head of School
Shakyra E. Diaz , ACLU of Ohio Policy Director
Tom Stuber , President and CEO of Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services

The Southern Story of Coca Cola (Gravy Ep. 51)

From Southern Foodways Alliance | Part of the Gravy Podcast series | 25:24

You might think of Coca Cola as an iconic American brand… but it was born in the South. How did Coke’s Atlanta birthplace shape what the soft drink became? And how has Coke shaped the South?


You might think of Coca Cola as an iconic American brand… and you’d be right. But: it was born in the South. How did Coke’s Atlanta birthplace shape what the soft drink became? And how has Coke shaped the South? It’s a story that includes many surprising twists turns, from Civil War wounds to temperance movements, racist fears to philanthropy, small town soda jerks to Peruvian coca farmers.


Women100 Mary Church Terrell

From WHYY | Part of the Women100 series | :57

Born right after the Emancipation Proclamation, Terrell was the first African American woman to earn a bachelor's degree . In 1982 , a friend's lynching strengthened her struggle for African American and Women's rights. She co-founded the N.A.A.C.P. in 1909 with DuBois.

Default-piece-image-0 Mary Church Terrell was born right after the Emacipation Proclamation. the daughter of former slaves who became successful entrepreneurs. education was important in her family. She became one of the first African American Women to earn a Bachelor's degree. She taught at Wilberforce University and at the M School in Washington DC. Her activism for African American and women's rights increased after one of her friends was lynched. She went on to co-found the N.A.A.C.P.  with W.E.B. Du Bois and others . Her autobiography "A Colored Woman in a White World" was pubished in 1940.  In her 80' Mary Church Terrel won a lawsuit against a whites-only restaurant, helping to end the Jim Crow laws.

The Reckoning: Facing the Legacy of Slavery in America (Series)

Produced by Dan Gediman

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode Four: Facing the Past

From Dan Gediman | Part of the The Reckoning: Facing the Legacy of Slavery in America series | 57:58


During 2020, Louisville, Kentucky emerged as what the Washington Post called "the epicenter of the national movement for racial justice."  The killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police set off months of nightly protests that put the city, and the state of Kentucky, into the spotlight worldwide. 

In a four-hour series for public radio, The Reckoning traces the history and lasting impact of slavery and Jim Crow oppression in Kentucky.  This history is the genesis of the issues that have exploded into public consciousness throughout the country in the past year. Kentucky stayed in the Union during the Civil War, seemingly on the right side of the battle over slavery, but the truth is more far more complex. Many Kentuckians fought to hang onto slavery and the wealth their slaves provided.  In the years that followed, white citizens campaigned to downplay slavery's role in the state's economy and culture while working to deny black citizens a seat at the table.  

As part of this story, we will meet members of two families who were deeply affected by the institution of slavery. One is a prominent white family descended from both a major slave trader and one of Kentucky's largest slave owners, the other an African American family who descend from two of the people enslaved by the white family. These two families reflect how slavery touched nearly every person, place and institution in America, and how the country still needs to reconcile this painful past with the present -- to recognize and reconcile the impact slavery has had on the health, wealth and safety of African Americans. 

LBJ and the Great Society

From LBJ and the Great Society | 52:00

Before Vietnam sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled record accomplishments domestically: medicare, civil and voting rights, immigration reform, and public broadcasting. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama.


President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of accomplishment on the domestic front unmatched since FDR.  Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — fifty years later, these programs are so deeply woven into the fabric of American life that it is difficult to imagine the country without them.  

So how did Lyndon Johnson, who made so ruinous a mess in Vietnam, pull off so extraordinary a feat at home? That’s the question we’ll be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia.