Last Witness

Series produced by Radio Diaries

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Portraits of history's last surviving witnesses.

Last Witness is an ongoing series, profiling the last surviving witnesses to major historical events. Each story will look back at moments from our past that have shaped contemporary society, culture and politics. The series will celebrate the experiences and stories of witnesses to history while they're still with us and explore what it means to be "the last."

3 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Olivia Hooker, Age 6 in 1921
On May 31, 1921, Olivia Hooker was six-years-old when white mobs launched an attack on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In less than 24 ho...

Bought by KOSU, KHSU, and WXAV 88.3FM Chicago

  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 06:20
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Second Lt. Russell Gackenbach
On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago

  • Added: Aug 27, 2018
  • Length: 04:44
  • Purchases: 1
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Decades before our current debate over critical race theory, the 1968 Kerner Commission pointed the finger at structural racism for creating the co...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2021
  • Length: 08:56