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This podcast is a rebroadcast of an interview with Maria Rogers Oral History Program manager Susan Becker about oral history as a valuable community resource. The interview features many colorful excerpts from oral history interviews. It was first aired on KGNU Community Radio on May 31, 2012. The interviewer and producer of the piece is Maeve Conran.
In September of 1946, Soviet Jewish mathematician Naum Meiman was parted from his family. His daughter, her husband, and their son were leaving the Soviet Union for the United States after spending a year as refuseniks, Soviet Jews who had repeatedly been denied exit visas. Meiman spent the next thirteen years as a human rights activist fighting for his and other refuseniks’ release. He lived through severe repression and isolation. But, in the United States, his daughter and members of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry fought tirelessly on his behalf. Listen to Olga Plam and Bill Cohen (one of the key founders of BASJ), tell about Meiman's plight and the efforts to obtain his release.
Father James McKeown is one of fifteen people whose interviews are archived in our oral history collection who have passed away in 2010. Listen to Father McKeown tell about how St. John’s Episcopal Church set up Haven House and took in runaways during the tumultuous 1960s, when Boulder was the place to be and children as young as nine-years-old were showing up on the streets.
As the Soviet Union began to crumble in the late 1980s, a group of Jews in Boulder, Colorado, organized to aid and resettle Soviet Jews who faced increasing discrimination from the Soviet state and refusal of their requests to emigrate (earning them the label of “refuseniks”). These Jewish Boulderites called themselves Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry. This podcast tells the story of the group’s origins. It is the first episode in a series that will detail their adventures, challenges, and triumphs.
Travel back in time to visit one-room schoolhouses in the Eldorado Springs and Magnolia schools, as seen through the eyes of teachers who taught there in the 1930s.
In honor of July being the month in which we celebrate our country's birthday, we thought our listeners would enjoy hearing this podcast in which Clara Perez-Mendes relates the story-with warmth, humor, and insight-of her journey toward becoming an American citizen.
June is iris month; they are in bloom everywhere. We are celebrating Long's Gardens, the 105-year-old iris farm in the middle of the City of Boulder, with a podcast created by Jennifer Raines from an interview conducted by Shirley Steele for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program. You will hear owner Catherine Long Gates tell you about the history and operations of the farm. Download the podcast and take it with you on a tour of the Gardens, which are open to the public from 9-5.