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Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Working As A Town Crier (Originally Broadcast 9/2/2011)

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Town criers were essential conveyors of information in America's colonial towns.
Sabri Ben-Achour
Town criers were essential conveyors of information in America's colonial towns.

Two hundred years ago, town criers were essential conveyors of information in America's colonial towns. These days, we've got many more options for getting the news of the day. But the job of town crier still exists in some communities -- and Alexandria is currently on the hunt for the perfect person to fill that role. Sabri Ben-Achour meets one town crier who calls himself "Squire Frederick" and learns more about a job that harkens back to a very different America.

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