NPR F*cks Up!

For all of you who have sent complaints asking why my interview was cut from a recent program on "All Things Considered," THANK YOU!! I gave an extensive interview to NPR on the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the first fundraising tour of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and was told that clips of my interview would be used in addition to current director Paul Kwami's interview with Audie Cornish.

We listened with rapt attention as Cornish chatted with Kwami, and were shocked when the segment ended and none of my interview was used. I had gone into much more history and detail on the group than Kwami did, and was deeply disappointed that this history was not included in the program.

Here again, a man's voice is given credence over a woman's.

To add insult to injury, now if you Google me you'll find that it is all over the Internet that I was supposed to be on this program. My name is inextricably linked with NPR online.

For those of you who haven't contacted NPR to complain, please go to their contact page. Click on “Something I heard or read,” then “Contact an NPR show or podcast." Then under "Show or podcast name," click on “All Things Considered.” (Make sure it’s “All Things...” and not “All Songs...”) When they ask for the link to the program, copy and paste this linkThen in the message box, write: “Where was the Nina Kennedy interview? I wanted to hear it. When can I hear it?” Feel free to elaborate and get into your anger.

Please help a sister out. I'm hoping that the pressure will force them to use my interview in a future segment on my book and/or documentary film, which were already thoroughly discussed in the interview. Some of you know that I even directed the Fisk Jubilee Singers in a master class.

And for those of you who don't have the book yet, the holidays are coming! Order here.

Again, thank you!


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