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Playlist: People we like

Compiled By: BBC Americana


We like more or less everything that help tells an international audience something about change taking place in America.

Best is a short a feature, or a great audio moment that will live long in the memory.

If you think you might have something that could work on the BBC, please let me know.

Best wishes


RIP T-shirt Segment

From Jacob Fenston | 05:56

This is a segment of a longer piece about T-shirts.

Default-piece-image-1 This is a segment of a longer piece about T-shirts.

Just a Girl

From Lu Olkowski | Part of the In Verse: Women of Troy series | 04:59

A documentary poem about an afternoon spent with Billie Jean Hill at the Flag Day parade in Troy, New York. Billie Jean is a 25-year-old woman with a young son, who recently lost her job as a hotel housekeeper.

Just a Girl
Lu Olkowski

Billie_jean_in_hotel_small Billie Jean dreams that one day she will meet the love of her life, get married, buy a home and start her own business (maybe a McDonald's franchise).  She lives near the city of Troy which claims to have the largest Flag Day parade in the country -- everyone comes out for it -- including Billie Jean.  She had some big plans for this day.  This documentary poem is read by Brenda Ann Kenneally, the photographer who has been photographing these women of Troy for the last 6 years. 
Heads up: this poem contains some coarse language, and describes situations that may not be appropriate for younger listeners.