NOV 2011 UPDATE: A listening session and panel with Trey Kay will be held at the Columbia Journalism School on Wednesday November 9, 2011. For more: journalism.columbia.edu/page/753/8
A SUPERBLY TOLD RADIO DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A 1974 DEBATE OVER MULTICULTURALISM
In this evenhanded, painstaking and eye-opening documentary, Kay and George explores the complex and volatile 1974 debate over multicultural textbooks in a West Virginia community that set the stage for today’s Tea Party movement. The events in the documentary foreshadowed today’s populist revolt and polarizing political debate. The team skillfully used archival audio from community board hearings from the time and revisited the principals to demonstrate the complexity at the heart of what has been portrayed as an “us against them” narrative. The story artfully builds tension starting with local battles and slowly incorporated the impact of the national media attention.
Trey Kay, reporter, producer; Deborah George, co-producer, editor; Mia Lobel, Rosa Mayer, Jonathan Mitchell, Anna Sale, associate producers; Michael Lipton, Tristram Lozaw, musical scoring
Listen to The Great Texbook War: wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=11860
Watch a video journal of Trey Kay: vimeo.com/27787627