Archive Episode: Return of the Typewriter

The only thing missing is the ‘ding’.

Keyboards can be heard in offices around the world, but that’s only half of what was once a ubiquitous tool at home and the workplace. Typewriters were quickly tossed aside in the age of personal computers and the digital age. Yet as Americans recollect and repurchase vinyl, cassettes and other classic devices, typewriters are seeing an increase in sales too; in some cases for very different reasons.

Richard Polt, philosophy professor at Xavier University, avid typewriter collector and enthusiast shines light on the latest resurgence in nostalgia and with typewriters.

This interview was recorded on November 30, 2015

Hank Aaron and the Negro Leagues

With the passing of Hank Aaron, we look at the legacy of the Negro Leagues.  Bob Kendrick shares his experience with Hank Aaron and the remarkable talent and legacy of Negro League baseball.

The Negro Leagues included several independent baseball leagues that were founded by and regulated by Black people between 1920 and 1948. The league produced notable players including Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron.

Bob Kendrick is the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Archive Episode: An Umpire In The Negro Leagues

On the outside, segregation and Jim Crow. On the inside, “only the ball was white”. Black players thrived during the zenith of America’s past time. Baseball provided entertainment, culture and business. Not to be left out of the game were Negro League umpires. Bob Motley late, Negro League umpire shares his experience along with his son, multi-faceted artist, Byron Motley. From Sunday games to excited fans, Motley tells the story of game he remembers and loves. 

Note: Bob Motley passed away on September 14, 2017 at the age of 94.