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Let Them Be Heard

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Between 1936-1938, the Works Progress Administration hired unemployed writers to collect stories from more than 2,000 former slaves. These stories created the Slave Narrative Project, a compilation of personal histories from the last generation of slaves in the United States. Seven of the narratives come to life this Saturday at Historic Stagville in Durham, NC in a performance of “Let Them Be Heard” by Bare Theatre Company. Director Todd Buker and actor Justin Smith join host Frank Stasio to discuss the production.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.