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Introduction to Audio Resources
Podcasts vs Radio
Podcasts and radio can be excellent, timely sources for students of antiracism.
A podcast is kind of like radio on demand. It's a discrete downloadable recording of a pre-recorded show -- often a talk show, and often part of series -- created for a niche audience.
A radio show is usually broadcast live at a specific time and designed for mass appeal. Live radio is more spontaneous than podcasts and generally cannot be edited once broadcast.
Facts & Instructions
Here's an Audio and Podcasting Fact Sheet from the Pew Research Center if you'd like to know more.
New to podcasts? Here's a 2 minute video tutorial: "How to Subscribe to a Podcast on your Iphone"
Everything we've listed on this page is free!
Articles & Websites
Here are a variety of sources related to the topic of Black or "urban radio."
The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening by The unheard history of how race and racism are constructed from sound and maintained through the listening ear. Race is a visual phenomenon, the ability to see "difference." At least that is what conventional wisdom has lead us to believe. Yet, The Sonic Color Line argues that American ideologies of white supremacy are just as dependent on what we hear--voices, musical taste, volume--as they are on skin color or hair texture. Reinforcing compelling new ideas about the relationship between race and sound with meticulous historical research, Jennifer Lynn Stoever helps us to better understand how sound and listening not only register the racial politics of our world, but actively produce them. Through analysis of the historical traces of sounds of African American performers, Stoever reveals a host of racialized aural representations operating at the level of the unseen--the sonic color line--and exposes the racialized listening practices she figures as "the listening ear." Using an innovative multimedia archive spanning 100 years of American history (1845-1945) and several artistic genres--the slave narrative, opera, the novel, so-called "dialect stories," folk and blues, early sound cinema, and radio drama--The Sonic Color Line explores how black thinkers conceived the cultural politics of listening at work during slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow. By amplifying Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, Charles Chesnutt, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ann Petry, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Lena Horne as agents and theorists of sound, Stoever provides a new perspective on key canonical works in African American literary history. In the process, she radically revises the established historiography of sound studies. The Sonic Color Line sounds out how Americans have created, heard, and resisted "race," so that we may hear our contemporary world differently.
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2016
Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom by Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham's trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African American history and culture. In Word Warrior , award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham's astounding career. Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks . Talented and versatile, he also created the acclaimed radio series Destination Freedom and Here Comes Tomorrow and wrote for popular radio fare like The Lone Ranger . Incredibly, his energies extended still further--to community and labor organizing, advising Chicago mayoral hopeful Harold Washington, and mentoring generations of activists. Incisive and in-depth, Word Warrior tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2015
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Many radio station websites offer a variety of audio choices to listeners, including schedules and links to their regular live shows, recorded broadcasts that are not necessarily podcasts, and actual podcasts.
Local Bay Area stations which do this include KPFA, KQED radio and others.
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