A brief selection of some of the many radio stories I’ve produced.

To Bear Arms

Sarah Richards for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In the U.S., there is a never-ending, obsessive discussion over firearms. Who should be able to use what type of firearm, and in what sort of circumstances? What you don’t hear from either side of the debate is what happens to those people who end up legally using a gun to defend themselves. Sometimes a person saves their own life by shooting an attacker. Other times, terrible, tragic mistakes take place.

What happened to Johnny Slaughter after he fatally shot a home intruder hasn’t made it into the debates on gun control. This documentary looks at the complications that linger after a swift act of self-defence.

Atheists in Black America

Sarah Richards for the British Broadcasting Corporation

In the US, religion–in particular Christianity–is a driving force behind African-American culture. Under slavery and segregation, the black church provided both spiritual and social services to African-Americans. Today, many African-Americans see anything short of embracing religion as not just heretical but a denial of one’s very blackness. But a growing number of African-Americans openly do not believe in God or the church. We find out how they are trying to make their voices heard and seeking acceptance in their community.

Is O’Malley to Blame for Poor Relations Between the Police and Residents?

Sarah Richards for 88.1 WYPR News

Remembering Three American Soldiers

Sarah Richards for National Public Radio

Dale Burger, Jr., followed his father into the Marines. Burger was killed in the Fallujah offensive and will be buried near his father at Arlington National Cemetery.

American Greeks Watch Europe’s Drama Unfold

Sarah Richards for National Public Radio

Greeks outside of the Hellenic Republic are riveted by the news surrounding its debt crisis. In historic Greektown, in Baltimore, Md., Greek Americans tell WYPR’s Sarah Richards that their homeland is not the only country facing problems, but it must change.

Doctors Who Treated JFK Recall His Last Moments

Sarah Richards for National Public Radio

As the years pass, the number of witnesses who remember the events of Nov. 22, 1963 continues to dwindle. But for Red Duke and Robert Grossman, the day is etched indelibly in their memories. Both men served on the team of roughly a dozen doctors who worked on the president and Texas Gov. John Connally. One doctor saved a life; the other watched one slip away.

God’s Land

Sarah Richards for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Forty  years ago, a group of Canadian Mennonites packed up and headed for Bolivia in search of good farm land and isolation. Now, their quiet, comfortable existence is caught up in Bolivian politics.

Le weekend algérien

Sarah Richards pour Radio-Canada

En Algérie, le weekend dure du jeudi au vendredi. Dans un marché global, pas évident de mener les affaires dans l’espace de trois jours. L’heure est-elle venue de moderniser le weekend algérien?

The Long Toil of America’s Black Farmers

Sarah Richards for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Thousands of African-American farmers have been fighting for compensation for money they says they lost because they were denied federal government loans while their white neighbours were getting them. It’s one of the biggest civil rights cases in American history–and it’s not over yet.

Racisme à la ferme

Sarah Richards pour Radio-Canada

Jusque dans les années 90, des dizaines de milliers de fermiers noirs ont été victimes de discrimination de la part du gouvernement des États-Unis. Plutôt que de les aider à developper leurs affaires, le gouvernement s’est évertué à leur mettre des bâtons dans les roues. En 2004, la justice s’est prononcée en leur faveur, et 13,000 fermiers noirs ont été dédommagés.



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