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NPR Specials to Listen to This Black History Month

Billie Holiday
Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947 | Library of Congress


Whether on-air, on your smart speaker, or through your phone, catch NPR specials on VPM News 88.9 FM and VPM Music 107.3 and 93.1. Below are a few upcoming programs to look forward to on Black artists and cultural icons playing throughout the month of February.

Download the NPR App to listen to VPM News and VPM Music through your phone. Ask your smart speaker to “play VPM News” or “play VPM Music.”

Check back throughout the month for an updated list of specials.

Lift Every Voice

Saturday, February 13 at 12 p.m. and Sunday, February 14 at 7 p.m. | Listen: VPM Music 107.3 and 93.1

Explore the African American musical past through a collection of songs, stories and interviews with acclaimed Black artists and scholars.

KANAVAL: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans

Tuesday, February 16 from 7 - 10 p.m. | Listen: VPM Music 107.3 and 93.1 |

Discover the historical ties between Haiti and the city of New Orleans through the music that bonds the two places together. The special, hosted by Grammy-winning Leyla McCalla, features a two-hour audio documentary and one-hour musical companion.

Throughline Episodes on Pioneering Black Women

Listen: NPR One | Stitcher| Apple Podcasts | Spotify

Throughline, a podcast by NPR, looks back at history in order to understand the present. This month, Throughline will profile remarkable Black women in two special episodes. The first episode features musician Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisolm, candidate for U.S. President. The second focuses on author Octavia Butler, the ‘Mother of Afrofuturism.’

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