“Music By Prudence” & Moments in Disability History

Listen: May 4, 2-3 pm PST KPFA

And the Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to…..  “Music by Prudence!”   

We begin this program with the story of an incredible singer from a school for disabled people in Zimbabwe and her marimba band, Liyana.  The musicians of Liyana are also all people with disabilities.   It’s been chronicled in the Oscar-winning independent film “Music by Prudence” produced by Roger Ross Williams.

Then, we take you to important moments in the history of the disability rights movement.  Jerry Lewis talks about why he doesn’t care that people with disabilities object to his telethons; students at Gallaudet University strike for a deaf university president;

Student Protest, photo by NY Times



people with disabilities advocate for the teaching of disability history; and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is debated in the U.S. Congress. 

Finally, “The Amputee Rap” by Josh Sundquist… for a moment of disability cool.   Leah Gardner and Adrienne Lauby host.

All this, to encourage you to become a member of KPFA.  We’ll send you a DVD of “Music by Prudence,”  a CD of this historic audio or a box of chocolate Braille fortune cookies if you will become a member of our KPFA subscriber community at the $45 level.

The Cookies have been donated by The Lucky Touch Fortune Cookie Company, a student-operated business at the California School for the Blind.

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