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Airs at: Thu, 03/07/2024 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Every first Thursday from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors. Co-hosts Emma Jackson Ford, O B Hill and Patricia Welch review works in all genres by well-known and emerging authors. Occasional call-in shows allow audience members to talk directly to authors and/or share their opinions on works by Black authors.

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We Are Each Other's Harvest by Natalie Baszile

Airs at: Thu, 02/01/2024 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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 In the 1920s, there were over one million black farmers; today there are just 45,000.  "We Are Each Other's Harvest" explores this crisis, through the farmers’ personal experiences. In their own words, middle aged and elderly black farmers explain why they continue to farm... Read more

Black Book Talk on 01/04/24

Airs at: Thu, 01/04/2024 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Holiday Gift Ideas

Airs at: Thu, 12/07/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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   Hear six of our favorite book people describe their favorites this year.  This should ease your gift-giving now and throughout 2024.   Our guests are: ...Celeste Carey, KBOO's "An Evening of Afrotainment" ...FeLicia Elam, St John's Neighborhood Library  ...Patrick Ford... Read more

The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living With Less

Airs at: Thu, 11/02/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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     When Platt set out on her journey to live with less, she never intended to become "The Afrominimalist". She just wanted to tame the chaos in her closet! But after struggling with the austerity and whiteness of mainstream minimalism, Christine realized why minimalism of... Read more

"Black Book Talk" Sampler

Airs at: Thu, 10/05/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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We're featuring portions of ....a 2003 interview with internationally-recognized novelist Ernest J. Gaines regarding A Lesson Before Dying. .... a 2008 chat with then-newcomer Felicia Pride about her collection of essays The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greates... Read more

Illmatic Consequences: The Clapback to Opponents of "Critical Race Theory"

Airs at: Thu, 09/07/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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  Illmatic Consequences was influenced by rapper Nas’s 1994 debut album Illmatic,” which features internal rhymes and inner-city narratives based on Nas’s personal experiences. “Nas’s 1994 album ‘Illmatic’ is fundamentally a statement of self-worth. It’s not even just a co... Read more

Kent Ford and the "The Portland Black Panthers"

Airs at: Thu, 08/03/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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  Portland is  widely regarded as a liberal bastion, and yet the 2010 census found it to be “America’s whitest major city.” Longstanding racial tensions led to the formation of a local branch of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s.  Based in the city’s Albina Distric... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: Jewell Parker Rhodes discusses "Yellow Moon"

Airs at: Thu, 07/06/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Last month we interviewed Kelly McWilliams, author of Your Plantation Prom Is Not Okay. She credited her mother's example as a great influence on her writing.  We interviewed her mother, author Jewell Parker Rhodes, 15 years ago, so we're delighted to rebroadcast our 2008 ... Read more

Kelly McWilliams: Your Plantation Prom is Not Okay

Airs at: Thu, 06/01/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Harriet Douglass lives with her historian father on an old plantation in Louisiana, which they’ve transformed into one of the South's few enslaved people’s museums. Together, while grieving the recent loss of Harriet’s mother, they run tours that help keep the memory of the... Read more

SYMPHONY OF SECRETS by Brendan Slocum

Airs at: Thu, 05/04/2023 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Bern has been called to authenticate the long-lost musical masterpiece of Frederic Delaney, lauded by some as the most prolific composer since Beethoven.  Bern believes he knows everything about Delaney-- the man and his music.  But, he soon learns otherwise:  That the geni... Read more