Re:sound #159 The Protest Show

This hour: whether it is a mob of millions or one single voice, nothing changes unless someone stands up and says, "No more."

2012 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: whether it is a mob of millions or one single voice, nothing changes unless someone stands up and says, "No more."

Voices of Tahrir
by Jessie Graham and Barrett Golding. Narrated by Heba Morayef (Human Rights Watch, 2011)
In 2011, the whole world watched as an Egyptian protest turned into a full-scale revolution in Tahrir Square. Heba Morayef, an Egyptian native and Human Rights worker was there in Tahrir, recording the revolution on her iphone. Voices of Tahrir includes tape from Tahrir Square as well as interviews done after the revolution.

Remembering Stonewall
by David Isay (Sound Portraits, All Things Considered , 1989)
It was a Friday night in 1969 when New York City's "Public Morals Squad" headed to the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village, for a raid. In '69 raids like this were common, and generally, people were compliant. But on this night, the people at the Stonewall Inn fought back and a new gay movement was born.

Board Protest
by Linda Lutton (WBEZ, 2011)
There are small but important protests going on in communities all the time. In 2011, when the Chicago School Board planned to close a number of neighborhood schools, the parents decided to stand up and make noise... even if no one was listening.

Thao's Grandma Makes a Statement
by Stephanie Foo ( Snap Judgment , 2012)
Protest on a macro scale can produce a revolution. But the personal protest of one individual can cause big waves too. This is the story of just such a protest.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Katie Mingle.

produced by

David Isay

David Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps.


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