Hard Life Of Pullman Porters Gets Stage Debut | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Filed Under:

Hard Life Of Pullman Porters Gets Stage Debut

Play associated audio
In the 1930s, working as a Pullman porter was one of the few good jobs available to African-American men, even though the pay was low and racism was a daily fact of work life. Cheryl West's new play tells the story of three generations of Pullman porters. Marcie Sillman, of member station KUOW, talked to the playwright and a former porter about the job and how West presents it on stage.
NPR

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
NPR

Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.
NPR

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.
NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.