Presenting the Past: Exploring the American Archive of Public Broadcasting Podcast

In collaboration with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), “Presenting the Past” features a series of informed conversations with scholars, educators, industry professionals, researchers, archivists, and others about significant events, issues, and topics documented in the more than 70 years of programming available in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting collection.

Episode 01: Eyes on the Prize with Michelle Kelley, PhD

May 10, 2021
Episode description:
In the first episode of “Presenting the Past,” film scholar Michelle Kelley highlights a collection of 127 unedited interviews conducted for the landmark PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965, first broadcast in January 1987. Kelley provides context to the making of the series and explores examples of interviews that give different, yet valuable, perspectives on the civil rights movement than the one presented in the final cut of the series.

Content warning: this archival content contains descriptions of violence and racial slurs.

Hosted, recorded, and edited by Christine Becker
Produced by Ryn Marchese
Post-production and theme music by Todd Thompson

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