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John L. Hanson

June 4, 2023

Ken Coleman (Ep. 27, 2023)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the history of the legendary jazz nightclub Baker’s Keyboard Lounge  and its role in the cultural and economic resurgence of Detroit, with historian Ken Coleman, Special Projects Contributor at the The Michigan Advance.


May 28, 2023

K. Braeden Anderson (Ep. 26, 2023)

On this week’s edition of In BlackAmerica, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses strategies for African American success and empowerment with K. Braeden Anderson, attorney, philanthropist, entrepreneur and author of Black Resilience: A Blueprint for Black Triumph in the Face of Racism.


May 26, 2023

Bernard Shaw (Ep. 25, 2023)

On this week’s episode of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Bernard Shaw, a pioneering African American broadcast journalist and CNN’s chief anchor from 1980 until his retirement in 2001. Shaw died in September, 2022, at the age of 82.



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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