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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 5, 2013 5:15 PM

Photo Credit: "South Africa The Good News under Creative Commons License"

Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. The following changes will be made to witf's schedule to include specials in remembrance.  Listen for two specials on witf 89.5/93.3 and watch Frontline on witf TV:

December 6 – 7:00pm – The Mandela Tapes -  witf 89.5/93.3 - The man chosen to record Mandela's life story was Rick Stengel, a young reporter working in South Africa for Rolling Stone magazine. From 1992 to 1996, Stengel shadowed Mandela, using his small cassette machine to record the stories which would help in the writing of Mandela's autobiography, 'Long Walk to Freedom'.  The special replaces the repeat of Smart Talk Friday.

December 6 - 8:30pm - Frontline: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandelawitf TV - Frontline profiles the most widely known and revered political leader in the world -- Nelson Mandela.  Credited with the reversal of apartheid in a South Africa controlled by two generations of stern Afrikaner leaders who enforced the ideology of racial separation, Mandela stands as an all-embracing giant who brought about his nation’s extraordinary peaceful transformation to democracy.  The film  tells the story of his life through interviews with intimates -- from his most trusted associates to his jailers on Robben Island, the prison where he was held for 27 years. It  offers an insider’s account of his extraordinary will to lead and of the great risk and personal sacrifice he endured to achieve democracy and equality for the people of his nation.  This special Frontline replaces regularly scheduled programming until 10:30pm. 

December 15 – 7:00pm - Mandela: An Audio History - witf 89.5/93.3 - Mandela's journey from freedom fighter to president capped a dramatic half-century-long struggle against white rule and the institution of apartheid. Produced for NPR by Joe Richman of Radio Diaries and Sue Johnson, Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings of Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with and against him.  This special airs on the anticipated (subject to change) day of his funeral.


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