Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

The History of Now

Exploring America’s past to cast fresh light on contemporary life.


The Rise and Fall of Black Swan Records

The story of the first major black-owned record label and the mystery behind the man who created it.


The Forgotten Story of Clinton Melton

Emmett Till’s murder is considered the spark that ignited a burgeoning Civil Rights movement. But there was another brazen murder of a Black man that happened just three months later, in a neighboring town in the Delta.


Soul Sister: The Limits of Empathy

A story about the limits of empathy. A collaboration with NPR’s Code Switch.


The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel

We present a special, one hour episode of our series The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel.