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John L. Hanson

May 2, 2021

Mobley (Ep. 22, 2021)

On this week's In Black America program, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with Austin-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mobley, aka Anthony Watkins II, about his recent release, Young and Dying in the Occident Supreme.


April 27, 2021

Vernon Jordan (Ep. 21, 2021)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.: Civil Rights icon, former President and CEO of the National Urban League, and former Executive Director of The United Negro College Fund, with highlights of his address at the Summit on Race in America at the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. He died on March 1, 2021.


April 18, 2021

Judge Rebekah Coleman (Ep. 20, 2021)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with The Honorable Rebekah Coleman, the recently elected Judge in the state of Michigan's 32A District serving Harper Woods, Michigan. She is the first female magistrate to hold the position, and the first African American judge elected in Harper Wood's 69-year history.



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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