Programming Notes: February 2014

Jan 31, 2014

Walk softly and carry a big radio.

Ahoy, WAMC Land! By now you know we’ve kicked off February with the winter fund drive, but like the frigid air, it will end and leave everyone all the happier for the great specials coming up this month.

Not only is February the month of love, as evidenced by the all the red and pink hearts, the long stem roses, and the abundance of chocolate that creeps into our homes, but it is also, and most importantly, a month that we celebrate our past presidents and Black History Month.

On President’s Day at 9 AM, we’ll begin with Good Friday, 1865: Lincoln’s Last Day. In this hour-long docudrama, the character of a country and its President, are revealed -- as a traumatic war winds down and eerie events presage Abraham Lincoln's own end. Then at 10 AM, Alan will be joined by Dr. Christopher Breiseth for The Power of Words, as we listen to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech and analyze its significance.  And for the 11 AM hour, we travel to the 60’s, and hear never-before-broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the assassination, in We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives.  The special is hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil. Our final special of the day is at 2 PM with The Power of Words: Tear Down This Wall. Dr. Patrick Allitt and Alan listen to and discuss President Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” speech in Berlin.

Then throughout the entire month, we’ll have several specials exploring the long, complicated, and violent history of the civil rights movement America; and we’ll honor those who helped shape that road to freedom and the African-Americans who became role models for future generations.

All of our specials will be on our program schedule and announced on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.