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Views on “Fires in the Mirror”: the playwright, scholars, Center Stage

November 30, 2021

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Midday presents a variety of perspectives on Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, Anna Deavere Smith’s 1992 play about Black-Jewish relations in America that’s getting a new production at Baltimore’s Center Stage. To read more please visit WYPR’s site listed here.

Baltimore Center Stage is presenting Fires in the Mirror, in a live stage production that runs through December 19, 2021. To learn more about the production click here.

Poster art credit Gilah Press


WNYC Studios presents: Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Haiti and International Aid

September 2, 2021


Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s southwestern region, many of us were left wondering — what does it mean to best support Haiti through disaster? And if the global community has donated so much humanitarian aid to prevent devastation, why does it keep happening? Is Haiti cursed?

Guest host Nadege Green confronts history, anti-blackness and the way forward with Dr. Marlene Daut, professor and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Listen as they explore the origins of Haiti’s image as a “cursed” country and how that image is rooted in anti-blackness.

Then, we turn to a conversation with playwright Anna Deveare Smith about the unrest that gripped Crown Heights, Brooklyn almost 30 years ago. How are social narratives shaped, and can we benefit from a shared one that celebrates difference?

For the full episode presented by WNYC Studios visit their website here.


Can You Hear Us Now?

May 24, 2021


The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Tomorrow is one year since the murder of George Floyd rocked the world. This image is of the lynching memorial in Montgomery Alabama, which chronicles with weathered steel, the history of violence against blacks.