Sprouts:Howard Zinn - A Tribute - The People Speak 
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Sprouts  Howard Zinn - A Tribute - The People Speak   
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This weekís Sprouts is a special tribute to the peopleís historian Howard Zinn who passed away one year ago, January 27, 2010, at age 87.

The tribute, narrated by host Brian Jones, includes selections from Zinnís acclaimed documentary The People Speak, and live readings of his book Voices of a People's History of the United States. Readers include Wallace Shawn reading a riveting speech by Howard Zinn on civil disobedience from 1970, Danny Glover reading Frederick Douglassís remarkable speech on the meaning of Fourth of July to a former slave, Christina Kirk reading Susan B. Anthonyís defiant words at her 1872 trial for knowingly voting without having a lawful right to vote, with Josh Brolin as the judge, and Howard Zinn himself discussing his vision of social change.

Howard Zinn (1922Ė2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A Peopleís History of the United States, ďa brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those Ö whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.Ē

The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on The Sopranos and Simpsons, and in the film Good Will Hunting. In 2009, History aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A Peopleís History and a companion volume, Voices of a Peopleís History of the United States.

Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and passion for history.

After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, were he taught until his retirement in 1988.

Zinn was the author of many books, including an autobiography, You Canít Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the play Marx in Soho, and Passionate Declarations. He received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Eugene V. Debs award for his writing and political activism.  
Howard Zinn, Brian Jones, Wallace Shawn, Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Christina Kirk  
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Sprouts is a weekly program that features local radio production and stories from many radio stations and local media groups round the world. It is produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country.

The program is coordinated and distributed by Pacifica Radio and offered free of charge to all radio stations.

For information, or if you would like to feature your work on Sprouts, contact Ursula Ruedenberg at ursula@pacifica.org.  
This week's Sprouts edition is produced at John Marshall Sound in New York by Noel Benford. Narrated by Brian Jones.

Music by: David Baerwald  
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