A Change Is Gonna Come
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Soul Music is a BBC Radio 4 programme which explores the emotional impact of music and songs. People are interviewed about a particular track or piece of music and the song is explored from multiple viewpoints.
To mark Black History Month, the programme explored a song that has become synonymous with the American Civil Rights Movement, Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come. Inspired by personal events in the singer's life, notably being excluded from a 'whites-only' motel in Louisiana. The song is a brooding but bright civil-rights anthem that moves from bigotry and bloodshed to hope and beauty in barely three minutes. Political scientist Professor Mary King describes how Cooke’s record became a that symbol of hope.
The Mississippi River is a key visual motif in this piece of work. Not only is it a portent symbol for Cooke personally, graphically it also becomes a torrential fist symbolising the civil-rights movement. It allows us to build the narrative and keep it flowing to its conclusion.
One hundred years after women won the right to vote, Scarlett Moffatt tells the story of the suffragettes.
Showcasing six shortlisted titles for 2017’s Man Booker International Prize.
From prejudice to pride, the story of how gay sex was de-criminalised is a story of double-lives, suicides and brave fights.
With people living longer that ever before and not saving enough for their later years, is retirement headed for an uncertain future? Money Box explores whether retirement is a thing of the past.
Professor Mary King describes how the song became a symbol of hope.
For Christmas 2015 we created an animated Christmas animation based on the Nativity story and voiced by some of BBC Radio 2’s most popular presenters
Each year, the BBC invites a leading figure to give a series of lectures and in 2015, Professor Stephen Hawking delivered two lectures on the nature of black holes.
This explainer video for the BBC 6 O’Clock News was made in 2016 just before the EU referendum in the UK and explains how the EU works and how it operates.
What will be the future of Humanity? In this short film for Radio 4, historian and author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari makes a prediction
Why do Americans love their flag so much? Adam Smith Senior Lecturer in History at UCL, tells the story of The Stars and Stripes and explains how it became ‘an incredibly emotional symbol of a nation’.