Langston Hughes And McCarthyism Play, Chimney Swifts, America’s Contradictory Beginnings

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A new play in Spring Green play depicts attacks on Black writer Langston Hughes by Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. We talk with the actor portraying Hughes. We also hear about a project to expand the habitat for chimney swift birds. Plus, a timely look back at constitutional history.

Featured in this Show

  • The Swifts Behind A New Chimney Survey

    The chair of Wisconsin’s Chimney Swift working group tells us about a new project to help develop habitat for the bird.

  • A Play Depicts Attacks On Langston Hughes For His Political Beliefs

    Poet and activist Langston Hughes was one of many people victimized by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt against communists. A Wisconsin theater company prepares to virtually perform a play based on those events. We talk with the actor who plays Hughes.

  • A Look At The 'Contradictory' Birth Of The U.S.

    America celebrated its 244th birthday on Saturday, but the party was muted in part by recent protests over racial injustice and violence. We look at what our guest calls the “Great Contradiction” – that a nation conceived in liberty was born in shackles.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Sandy Schwab Guest
  • Gavin Lawrence Guest
  • Kenneth C. Davis Guest

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