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In The Moment ... Muhammad Ali And The “Birth Of A Movement"

Randy Roberts

In The Moment ... February 6, 2017 - Show 024 Hour 1

Fifty years ago today, boxer Muhammad Ali faced challenger Ernie Terrell for 15 rounds, culminating in a unanimous win for the champ. In a few weeks, Ali was stripped of his championship, his boxing license, and his passport. He had refused to be drafted for service in Vietnam. Today we talk with Randy Roberts (co-author of "Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X” and distinguished professor of history at Purdue University) about a time in Muhammad Ali’s career that clarified his voice for a nation in turmoil

  • This segment starts at the beginning of the show

Timothy McVeigh was deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of a radical right political movement. On April 19, 1995, he parked a truck with a five-ton fertilizer bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City; the blast killed 168 people and injured 675. The American Experience documentary “Oklahoma City” airs on SDPB-TV on Tuesday, February 4 at 8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain.  We talk with producer Barak Goodman about the legacy of the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.

  • This segment starts at 13:38.

Independent Lens brings you “Birth of a Movement” tonight on SDPB-TV. The documentary looks at the controversial film “The Birth of a Nation” and how it influenced a generation of African American filmmakers and artists to reclaim their history and images onscreen. We talk with co-director Bestor Cram.

  • This segment starts at 31:26.