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Mississippi Moments Podcast

Since 1971, the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has been preserving the memories of Mississippians from all walks of life. Our collection of over 4,000 interviews and counting has proven an invaluable resource for teachers, writers, researchers, and museums. While our collection has a recognized strength in the history of the civil rights movement and veterans' histories, the Center has collected broadly. The topics covered within the collection encompass the breadth of the state’s history.   Mississippi Moments began in early 2005 as a weekly series of radio spots broadcast statewide on Mississippi Public Broadcasting with funding provided by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Each episode features stories gleaned from hours of research, edited for time and clarity and narrated by Mississippi broadcast veteran, Bill Ellison. These stories range in topic and tone, but war stories and the struggle for civil rights receive the most attention. MSMO is not a History series. History frequently comes along for the ride, but Story drives the narrative. In 2009, the Mississippi Moments Podcast was launched as a way to make past and future episodes available online and searchable by subject. The podcast format allows us to greatly expand on the broadcast version and bonus content is a given. So give us a listen. With over 600 episodes available and new ones added each month, you are certain to find some amazing, moving stories about the diverse and colorful people who call Mississippi home.
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Now displaying: May, 2009
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 81 Silent MoviesJoe Berryman, Buck Wells, and Hugh Clegg fondly recall hometown entertainment during the days of the silent film.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 71 Theodore G. BilboPurser Hewitt, Sam Alford, and E. G. McDavid recall the spirited personality and oratorical skills of the controversial U.S. senator and Mississippi governor from Pearl River County.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 43 Oseola McCartyPresidential Citizens Medal recipient Oseola McCarty remarks on her lifetime of work as a washerwoman and the legacy she created at The University of Southern Mississippi.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 16 Mississippi State Sovereignty CommissionJoseph Wroten, Erle Johnston, and Gilbert Mason recall the creation and influence of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission during the civil rights movement.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 19 FoodwaysJack Pace, James "Jaybird" Smith, and Reverend F. E. Sellers reminisce about southern breakfasts, squirrel stew, and homemade syrup.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 5 Mississippi ArtsMississippi artists Kay Allen, Jennie Lee Gorton, and Berdie Steve share how identity is discovered and revealed in the folk art forms of quilting, painting, and basket weaving.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 4 Mississippi MusicMississippi musicians Melvin Stacks, Roger Smith, and George Cecil McLeod reflect on the centrality of music in their lives. (photo of singing school students at Greenwright School in Monroe County, 1913)
May 20, 2009
MS Moments 165 Nuts and Bolts of WarJohnny Balser of McComb remembers how he parlayed skills learned as a railroad worker into support for the Allied effort in Europe during the Second World War.
May 15, 2009
MS Moments 163 Gypsies

Belzoni native Thomas Turner reflects on the origins and colorful life of gypsies who mule traded near his home in the early 20th century. 

May 15, 2009
MS Moments 148 Longleaf PineMrs. Lamar Hennington, Charles Ainsworth, and Ben Earles reminisce about the days of the gigantic longleaf pine and how an industry altered the land and its people.
May 15, 2009
MS Moments 180 Hurricane Katrina - Obstacles and Issues

Gene Taylor, Reilly Morse, and Diane Peranich shed light on some of the obstacles and issues that surfaced after the storm was over.  (photo of Congressman Gene Taylor, on right).

May 15, 2009
MS Moments 179 Hurricane Katrina - ResponseTish Williams, Bill Stallworth, and Kurt Brautigam represent the power of determination to survive and conquer in the aftermath.
May 14, 2009
MS Moments 178 Hurricane Katrina - CopingMichael Hewes, Rachel Williams, and Reverend Lee Adams share similar feelings about the overwhelming power of the storm.
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