The Vanishing of Harry Pace

Jad Abumrad, Shima Oliaee, author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, writer Cord Jefferson, WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, and WNYC’s Jami Floyd collaborated on The Vanishing of Harry Pace, which initially aired back in June. The beautiful thing about a radio show that’s also a podcast is that you can listen at your own convenience months after premiere! From Radiolab:

It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records. The label founded 100 years ago by Harry Pace. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll, played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming “Father of the Blues,” inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared. The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed America. It’s a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other.

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