NEW WORLD A-COMING & YOU BET YOUR LIFE


During the Golden Age of Radio, there was almost no Afrocentric programming, and what little there was was comedy or music. “New World A-Coming” broke that mold. This series of docudramas was created by African-American journalist Roi Ottley and inspired by his Peabody-Award-winning book of the same name examining life in Harlem. This episode takes on domestic service inequality as well as the inequality which took place in the armed forces during World War II. Then on “You Bet Your Life,” Groucho grills two high school students about vocabulary they should know. Next, a married couple sailing around the world recall how they met while in the Army.

Episodes

New World A-Coming

June 18, 1944

“The Mammy Legend”

3:04

You Bet Your Life

January 30, 1952

“The Secret Word is ‘Food’”

28:24

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