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Curtis Fox and The Past Present.

Curtis Fox
Curtis Fox, Producer of

In 1998 and 1999, independent radio producer Curtis Fox planned and initiated a new project, The Past Present: History For Public Radio, with the hope of establishing a weekly documentary series focusing on historical topics. He has begun producing a number of segments for the series. With time we hope to see the The Past Present take off and find its niche on public and non-commercial airwaves. Fox has kindly agreed to allow us to archive all of his productions here. All compressed audio streaming versions of the documentaries appearing below were processed by Talking History at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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America's Reconstruction.  (1999)
This documentary examines the Era of Reconstruction, from 1865 to 1877, looking closely at the radical transformation of race relations during that period. Leonard Lopate talks with historian Eric Foner; archival recordings of African-American spirituals and actor readings of freedpeople testimonies inform and enlarge their conversation. Length -- 57:55 minutes.

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Sacco and Vanzetti.  (1999)
This documentary is the second in Fox's documentary series titled The Past Present. Here is his summary of the program: "Almost everyone has heard of [Nicola] Sacco and [Bartolomeo] Vanzetti, two Italian-born anarchists who were executed in 1927 for a crime they probably didn't commit--a payroll robbery and double murder in South Braintree, Massachusetts. What most people don't know, however, is that Nicola Sacco and Bartholomeo Vanzetti were part of a group of revolutionaries that conducted a bombing campaign against government officials, including Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Historian Nunzio Pernicone discusses the anarchist background of Sacco and Vanzetti. Then Pernicone, joined by historian Richard Polenberg, examine the world-famous case that tore this country apart in the 1920s. The program includes historical audio of men involved in the case, Italian anarchist songs, Woody Guthrie ballads, and actors Joe Grifasi and Spiro Malas reading from Sacco and Vanzetti's Moving prison letters."

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"What the Clios Don't Tell You: A History of Advertising in America" (2001) [Audio to be added]

The Clio Awards are given annually to the best work in the advertising industry. Here in his most recent project for THE PAST PRESENT, Curtis Fox explores the long history of adverstising in American culture. For more information on this segment and on The Past Present series, contact Curtis Fox, Producer, THE PAST PRESENT, 524 East 13th St., D4, New York, NY 10009. As they become available, we will air more THE PAST PRESENT productions in the future, as well as archive them on Talking History.

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