Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America

Episode#0184: Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America Series: BackStory Release Date: 11/2/2018 Hosts: Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, Joanne Freeman TRANSCRIPT Episode and Transcript Link: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/border-patrols/ Tags: Policing, Racism, Border Patrol, Immigration, Border, Citizenship, US History, History, America, Race, Law, Legal History Description: Discussion/Mini Lecture: In response to President Trump deploying thousands of border patrol agents... Continue Reading →

Theme: Abortion

In light of the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, we have assembled an assortment of 5 different podcast episodes and series that can be used to teach the United States history of abortion (specifically focusing on the late-twentieth century) as well as the historical significance of the recent bans in women's history and the history of bodily autonomy in the US.

Vietnamese Boat People – Riches to Rags

The story revolves around an oral history interview between the host Tracey and her brother Steve as her attempt to understand the traumatic experience of her family's escape from Vietnam by boat. As an immigrant coming of age story, fleeing Vietnam changed Steve, transforming him from a comfortable and rich boy to a reliable provider and man for the family.

Criminal – Lavender Scare

This episode tells the story of the Lavender Scare through the experience of a woman, Helen James, who was serving in the US military when she was dishonorably discharged for accusations that she was a lesbian. The episode situates her experiences within the broader Cold War-era Lavender Scare and concludes by discussing how veterans sharing this experience challenged this institutionalized homophobia.

Radio Diaries – Prisoners of War

The episode uses oral history interviews to describe the context and famous riot at the Long Binh Jail - a prison built by the US military outside of Saigon to house US soldiers during the Vietnam War. The episode focuses on the racial context that precipitated the riot, as more than half of the jail's population were African Americans.

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