Dr. Carmen Fields, pt.1 (Ep. 41, 2023)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson begins a conversation with Dr. Carmen Fields, Emmy-Award winning broadcast news journalist and author of Going Back to T-Town: The Ernie Fields Territory Big Band, which tells the story of Dr. Fields’ father, trombonist, pianist and bandleader Ernest (Ernie) Lawrence Fields.

Professor Sheryll Cashin (Ep. 48. 2021)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Shjeryll Cashin, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at Georgetown University and author of White Space, Black ‘Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality.

Dr. Sheila Brooks (Ep. 15, 2019)

On this week’s In Black America program, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a conversation with Dr. Sheila Brooks, founder, president ant CEO of SRB Communications, LLC, based in Washington, DC.  Dr. Brooks is the author of Lucille H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, pt. 2 (Ep. 31, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Dr. Mary Frances Berry, historian, educator, civil rights advocate, and author of History Teaches Us To Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded In Challenging Times.

Why Was I-35 Designed As A Double-Decker Through Central Austin?

Interstate Highway 35 is many things to many people. It is a vital thoroughfare for commerce and shipping. It is also an economic and social barrier through much of Austin. And nearly from its construction, it has been a source of frustration for drivers stuck in its traffic. I-35 has inspired a number of questions and even legends about its design and those who made it.

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Dr. Noliwe Rooks, pt. 1 (Ep. 3, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr speaks with Dr. Noliwe Rooks, author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation and the End of Public Education, and Director of American Studies and Associate Professor of African Studies at Cornell University.


Texas Standard: June 2, 2017

Climate agreement fallout. How Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement could affect Texas. Plus a deadly shootout in broad daylight at a North Texas car dealership, innocent people just feet away from two bounty hunters and their target. We’ll break down the role of the “fugitive recovery agent.” And it’s been more than 60 years since Brown versus Board of Education. Why the south is now seeing wide re-segregation of schools. Plus we’ve got the inside scoop on some books that will likely be topping must-read lists. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard :

12th & Chicon: Remembering the Harlem Theater

According to a book co-written by the curator of the Austin History Center, the Harlem Theater was one of only seven black-owned theaters in the country in the early 20th century. And, compared to other theaters in Austin, where black customers were either not allowed or segregated to the balcony seats, it offered moviegoers their full rights. On Dec. 30, 1973, it burned to the ground. Neither the Austin Police Department nor the fire department has records of the fire. The community has only ideas about what caused it – perhaps arson, perhaps electrical fire – but no real answers.

Civil Rights with Peter J. Hammer (Ep. 52, 2015)

Peter J. Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and co-author of “Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith” talks courts, civil rights, judges, segregation, discrimination and affirmative action on In Black America.

Dr. Edward D. Irons (Ep. 37, 2015)

A conversation with Dr. Edward D. Irons, noted university educator, business, government and educational executive, management and financial consultant, and author of “Only By Grace,” a memoir.