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Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

Update: 2019-09-0679
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Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America. On today’s episode: Wesley Morris, a critic-at-large for The New York Times.

“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

This episode contains explicit language.

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Rachel Anderson

Thank you for this episode!! it was wow :)

Oct 16th
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Roger Seaton

I so appreciated the uplifting, positive and affirming nature of this episode when juxtaposed to the painful, tragic, heart wrenching, and mind numbing truth of the preceding episodes. The power of black music is its self-affirmation in the face of centuries of denigration and effacement. That's true freedom and power. Thanks for the wealth of information in all of these episodes and the tour down musical memory lane!

Oct 5th
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Destined 4 Greatness

2:55 That Micheal McDonald song is fiyyaa!! Now back to regular scheduled programming

Oct 4th
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Matt Lamborn

Epic! Absolutely love this podcast. Amazing how much of this history still permeates today's culture, music, etc. Thx NYT.

Sep 18th
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Vince Ogletree

this is an excellent podcast and wonderful episode. please don't forget the contributions of Scott Joplin and the Ragtime movement in the 1920s as well!

Sep 12th
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Alex Mercedes

Excellent! and sooooo fresh! lands like a like a brand new take on black music. thanks! this is a keeper episode.

Sep 11th
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lisa bradford

I love this episode! so much! it's what i love about music that I could never put my finger on, he has defined so eloquently, the struggle and pain which transition to hope, which give birth to the hope. there would be no hope without that painful struggle. oh! love this podcast!

Sep 7th
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Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

Episode 3: The Birth of American Music