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Mandela: An Audio History

by Joe Richman


Title Details

Audio Original
Running Time
1 Hr. 6 Min.


A five-part radio series to mark the 10th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election in April 1994.

Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings, the voice of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

The series includes five parts:

  • Part 1: The Birth of Apartheid (1944-1960)
  • Part 2: The Underground Movement (1960-1964)
  • Part 3: Robben Island (1964-1976)
  • Part 4: State of Emergency (1976-1990)
  • Part 5: Democracy (1990-1994)
    In this documentary, you'll hear a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his wife, Winnie, secretly recorded by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress; and more.

    (Broadcast Premier April 26-30, 2004 on NPR's All Things Considered)Mandela: An Audio History was funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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