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Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The; Racial mix of welfare recipients in the United States

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09/09/1977

In this clip Dr. Carolyn Shaw, an economist at Wellesley College (MA), explains to host Stephen Curwood why people believe more African Americans are on welfare than Whites. Shaw comments on the geographical spread of welfare recipients throughout the country and the concentration of African Americans in crowded urban areas. Overall the program consists of a number of magazine-style segments, including Stephen Curwood's interview with Dr. Carolyn Shaw Bell (economics professor at Wellesley College) on her research into the welfare system, an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on the decriminalization of marijuana (with debaters Dr. John Renner (Medical Director for Boston City Hospital's Drug Treatment Unit) and Detective Walter Robinson (of the Boston Police Department's Drug Control Unit), and panel reporters Paul Corsetti (of the Boston Herald American), Alan McRobert (of the Real Paper), and Luix Overbea (of the Christian Science Monitor), two dance performances by Danny Sloan and Company, and the "Say Brother News" with Karen Holmes, Eric Sampedro, Phil Martin, Justina Chu, Leah Fletcher, and Tanya Hart. Produced by Barbara Barrow and Carolyn Walden. Directed by Bruce Shah.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Welfare Controversy, The
Program Number

801

Title

Racial mix of welfare recipients in the United States

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program consists of a number of magazine-style segments, including Stephen Curwood's interview with Dr. Carolyn Shaw Bell (economics professor at Wellesley College) on her research into the welfare system, an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on the decriminalization of marijuana (with debaters Dr. John Renner (Medical Director for Boston City Hospital's Drug Treatment Unit) and Detective Walter Robinson (of the Boston Police Department's Drug Control Unit), and panel reporters Paul Corsetti (of the Boston Herald American), Alan McRobert (of the Real Paper), and Luix Overbea (of the Christian Science Monitor), two dance performances by Danny Sloan and Company, and the "Say Brother News" with Karen Holmes, Eric Sampedro, Phil Martin, Justina Chu, Leah Fletcher, and Tanya Hart.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
McRobert, Alan
Corsetti, Paul
Bell, Carolyn Shaw
Robinson, Walter
Renner, Dr. John
Hennessey, Tom
Madison Park High School (Roxbury, Mass.)
Salem State College
Overbea, Luix V. (Luix Virgil)
Welfare recipients
Civil rights
Segregation
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Shah, Bruce (Director)
Walden, Carolyn (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Greenstein, Marilyn (Titlist)
Chigas, Basil (Technical Production)
Martin, Phil (Reporter)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Buccheri, Ron (Technical Production)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Make Up)
Smith, Lee (Technical Production)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Curwood, Stephen (Host)
Yang Tsung-hwa (Researcher)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The; Racial mix of welfare recipients in the United States,” 09/09/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_89E8821724094057BA4C0052FCA100C3.
MLA: “Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The; Racial mix of welfare recipients in the United States.” 09/09/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_89E8821724094057BA4C0052FCA100C3>.
APA: Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The; Racial mix of welfare recipients in the United States. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_89E8821724094057BA4C0052FCA100C3
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