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Baddddd Sonia Sanchez (Episode #406)

KQED World: Tue, Feb 25, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word. She is among the earliest poets to have incorporated urban black English into her poetry; she was one of the first activists to secure the inclusion of African American studies in university curricula. Deemed "a lion in literature's forest" by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color. In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez's life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 -- 5:00 AM

Struggle & Hope (Episode #704)

KQED World: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

Among the wealth of untold stories in American history is the rise and slow disappearance of all-black towns that sprung up in Oklahoma following the end of the Civil War. Founded in an effort to convince the U.S. to create an all-black state, most of these towns have now been swallowed up by nearby counties and cities, or are clinging desperately for their survival. Struggle & Hope mines the stories of the last-remaining residents of these towns, while charting their heroic efforts to ensure their town retains its independence, character, and even hopes for a better future.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 23, 2020 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 23, 2020 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 22, 2020 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 22, 2020 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 -- 5:00 AM

Late Blossom Blues (Episode #705)

KQED World: Tue, Feb 11, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

Leo "Bud" Welch's recording and touring career begins at the age of 81. Born in Mississippi, Leo worked the cotton fields and lumber mills from dawn until dusk. When he picked up a guitar for the first time at the age of 12, his blues were born out of those cotton fields. While Leo's lifelong dream was to be a musician, he turned down the chance to work with the legendary B.B. King, choosing to stay close to his family, his church and the town he loves. With the support of his dedicated manager, Gulf War veteran Vencie Varnado, Leo's Blues career rises. Determined to celebrate and highlight his talent, Vencie books Leo at festivals and clubs across the South and takes him on his first-ever flight - all the way from Mississippi to admiring fans in Austria! With just a handful of great Bluesmen left in the United States, LATE BLOSSOM BLUES offers a rare glimpse into the daily life of one of America's living musical treasures.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 15, 2020 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 15, 2020 -- 7:30 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 -- 5:00 AM

Agents of Change (Episode #603)

KQED World: Tue, Feb 4, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

Agents of Change looks at a pivotal moment when our nation was caught at the intersection of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-Vietnam War Movements. The film examines the racial conditions on college campuses across the U.S., focusing on two seminal protests: San Francisco State in 1968 and Cornell University in 1969. At San Francisco State, students and their supporters which included faculty and the increasingly influential Black Panther Party, launched the longest student strike in U.S. history. In addition to demanding curricular changes, the students, who yearned to learn about themselves and their history, demanded increased minority student recruitment and retention, and the hiring of minority faculty. Student activists demonstrated and faced brutal police assaults and massive arrests unleashed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan. Struggling for themselves and the generations of students to come, Black, Latino and Asian student groups worked together to form the Third World Liberation Front. Their efforts birthed the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and ignited similar actions across the country. Told through the voices of past student activists and organizers, Agents of Change unfolds with rich archival footage, compelling interviews, and a dynamic soundtrack. Today, nearly half a century later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing the present intersections Americans find themselves.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 -- 5:00 AM

Pyne Poynt (Episode #702)

KQED World: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 -- 7:00 PM

Little League baseball in America's most dangerous city is more than just a game. In Camden, NJ, America's poorest and most dangerous city, the crack of a bat and the laughter of children for a moment replace the sounds of gunfire and the call of drug dealers. On a set of corridors nicknamed Heroin Highway, the young men and women of the North Camden Little League navigate the hazards of the drug trade to come to and from the sandlot at Pyne Poynt Park. The league plays a vital role in creating change in the struggling community of North Camden by bringing families, coaches, and children of all ages together.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 2, 2020 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 2, 2020 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 -- 11:00 PM
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