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John L. Hanson

October 2, 2022

Tavis Smiley (Ep. 44, 2022)

On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with veteran media personality, author, philanthropist and radio station owner Tavis Smiley, about his recent return to the airwaves and his new venture, Talk Radio station KBLA 1580 AM, the only African American-owned talk station west of the Mississippi.


September 25, 2022

Eric Wilkerson (Ep. 43, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Eric Wilkerson, a Chesley Award-winning illustrator and concept artist, and illustrator of I Color Myself Different, a children’s picture book written by social activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.


September 18, 2022

A Tribute to B.B. King (Ep. 42, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King, one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, detailing King’s beginnings in Mississippi and Memphis, to his award-winning career, which ended with his death in […]



For 50 years, “In Black America” has featured weekly interviews with some of the most influential African American voices of our time discussing education, economics, social issues, sports, families, culture, literature and politics.

In 2019, the program received a recordings-at-risk grant to digitize hundreds of old reels containing shows going back to the early 1980s. We don’t yet have these ready for the podcast, but you can listen to them on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

John L. Hanson

In this interview, Hanson reflects on 40+ years of hosting IBA.

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