National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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This month, the exhibit MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU returned to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as part of a year-long international celebration of the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth.

ArtsWave Associate Director of Community Campaign & New Business Janice Liebenberg grew up in South Africa during Apartheid. She recently spoke with Cincinnati Edition's Dan Hurley about what life was like during the institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa until the early 1990s.

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In her book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, writer Carol Anderson argues that the threat of black advancement is what fuels white rage.

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This weekend is serving up plenty of things to do around the Tri-State. 

After 21 years in the Air Force and positions with the St. Louis Blues Museum and the B.B. King Museum in Mississippi, Dion Brown has come to Cincinnati to head the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Just last week we were celebrating the official start of summer. This weekend, it's already July. 

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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.

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