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Mississippi Moments Podcast

These are the stories of our people in their own words. From sharecroppers to governors, the veterans, artists, writers, musicians, leaders, followers, all those who call Mississippi home. Since 1971 we've collected their memories. The technology has changed, but our mission remains the same: to preserve those wonderful stories. Listen to Mississippi Moments Monday through Friday. at 12:30pm on MPB think radio.
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Now displaying: 2010
Nov 18, 2010

In World War II, all-black combat units such as the Tuskegee Airmen gained widespread recognition for their service. However, most black soldiers served in support units away from the front line. Lee Spearman of Bay Springs describes the frustration of being assigned to such a unit. Spearman details the close proximity of the Pacific island battles and the death of American war correspondent, Ernie Pyle.

Nov 18, 2010

Many stories surround the naming of the town of D’Lo.  Long-time resident Chrysteen Flynt attempts to set the record straight. She also shares her memories of growing up there.

Nov 18, 2010

Many Italian immigrants settled in the Mississippi Delta bringing their culture and traditions with them.  John Bassie of Cleveland, MS recalls how his family celebrated the 4th of July, Italian style.

Nov 18, 2010

Growing up during World War II, Lynn Cartlidge of Hattiesburg found plenty of ways to earn money as a boy. He talks about his paper route, which ended up taking him to Camp Shelby.

Nov 18, 2010

Lee Davis of Hattiesburg shares his memories of growing up in a large and fun-loving family. He recalls practical jokes and holiday moments shared with loved ones.

Nov 12, 2010

This September marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. George Schloegel of Hancock Bank and now Mayor of Gulfport, discusses being prepared for the next disaster. He reflects on the real lessons of Katrina.

Nov 12, 2010

Greg Osaneha is a Nigerian who immigrated to the United States. He talks about what led him to leave his home. 

Osaneha explains what he feels are the strengths of the United States.

Nov 12, 2010

During WWII, the war with Japan was fought over tiny islands most people had never heard of.  Truman Ellis of Jackson recalls joining the Navy and his time in the Pacific.

Nov 12, 2010

In World War II, Alton Patterson’s unit was days from invading Japan when the country surrendered. He remembers the Japanese prisoners of war and his complex feelings toward the atomic bomb.

Nov 12, 2010

For Ellen McCarley of Port Gibson, some of her most cherished childhood memories are of Christmas.  She recalls how her mother made the season special.

 

Nov 12, 2010

During the early 20th Century, Biloxi was home to more than a dozen seafood processing plants.  Retired fisherman Tommy Schultz, Jr. recalls how each plant had its own unique work whistle.

Nov 12, 2010

Gordon Nanney reflects on the 50 + years he spent helping to bring electric power to the people of Mississippi.

Nov 12, 2010

In 1963, Dr. Gilbert Mason led a group of African-Americans into the waters of Biloxi beach.  This wade-in, to protest the ‘whites only’ rule of the day, was met with violent resistance from white citizens and the police. Ethel Clay remembers how the youth got involved in the wade-ins and the measures taken for their safety. Clay reflects on the cost of standing up for civil rights and the progress that we’ve made as a nation.

Nov 12, 2010

This spring marked the 50th anniversary of the first of the Gulf Coast wade-ins. Back then, most Mississippi beaches were for whites only.  During one of these wade-ins, Dr. Gilbert Mason led a group of African-Americans into the segregated waters of Biloxi beach.  What followed was one of the bloodiest race riots in Mississippi history with 71 arrested and dozens injured.

 

A small boy at the time, Le’Roy Carney recalls using the railroad tracks to flee the riot.  Carney also explains how the black community in Biloxi organized themselves to boycott those responsible for the violence at the beach.

Nov 12, 2010

Earnest Batiste, a US Army veteran and civil rights activist, remembers growing up during hard times. He describes the sacrifices made by his mother to put food on the table. Batiste reflects on the progress we’ve made and the difficulties of explaining that time period to a younger generation.

Aug 11, 2010

An army requires daily deliveries of food, ammunition and other supplies.  Mark Whitney of Natchez recalls working as a naval supply supervisor in Vietnam.  As a supply supervisor, Whitney learned that the locals were much smarter than the Americans assumed they were.

Aug 11, 2010

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Roy Noble Lee was interested in the law from an early age. Lee reflects on this and the courtroom atmosphere of 1920s Brandon, Mississippi. Justice Lee also recounts getting the opportunity to try his first criminal case, at the age of 19.

Jul 20, 2010

Today’s Tree farmers like Charles Barge of Noxubee County must always look to the future.  Barge tells how he began investing in the future by planting new trees and why it is important to do so. He recounts how the Conservation Reserve Act has led to greater opportunities for hunting and recreation.

Jul 20, 2010

Tree Farmers are landowners who voluntarily manage their woodlands for the continuing growth of forest crops.  Charles Barge of Noxubee County discusses how things have changed since his father began tree farming in 1941. He explains how poor forestry practices led to disease and infestations in the past like the Southern pine beetle invasion of the 1960s.

May 14, 2010

In 1935, Sam Alman Jr. moved from Arkansas to Gulfport to start his own soda bottling company.  His son, Sam Alman III recounts the story and discusses the early days of his family's soda business.

May 14, 2010

Sun Herald columnist Kat Bergeron has spent decades researching the history and folk lore of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She debunks three popular myths about the Gulf Coast.

May 4, 2010

With the end of the Vietnam War came an influx of Vietnamese refugees to the United States.  Biloxi businessman Richard Gollott discusses the impact these refugees had on the Gulf Coast seafood industry. A story made even more poignant by the pending Gulf oil spill disaster.

May 4, 2010

The Civil War left many on both sides emotionally scarred.  Libby Hollingsworth of Port Gibson recalls the hardships endured by her great grandfather, Kell Shaifer as a rebel soldier. 

Hollingsworth recalls how a letter from a Yankee soldier after the war changed Kell Shaifer’s life.  She also reflects on the healing effect an unlikely friendship had on many.

Jan 5, 2010

After cotton is picked, the cotton fibers, called lint, must be separated from the seeds in a process known as “ginning.”  James Gray went to work for the Torrey Cotton Gin in Port Gibson as a young man. He explains the cotton ginning process and the importance of doing it correctly.

Jan 5, 2010

Ethel Patton D’Anjou of Alcorn recounts the story of her grandparents’ decision to leave the family farm in Carlisle in the late 1800s and journey to the newly opened Alcorn College.

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