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August 11, 1973: The Birth of Hip-Hop
On this day in 1973, DJ Kool Herc dropped a new sound that changed history. While DJ’ing at his sister’s back-to-school party, Herc tried something new on the turntable: he extended an instrumental beat (scratching the track) to let people dance longer (break dancing) and began MC’ing (rapping) during the extended breakdancing. And so DJ Kool Herc set hip-hop on its dynamic evolution towards the expressive art form it is today.
Take an intimate look at the innovation, excitement and collective spirit that characterizes the early beginnings of hip-hop and its influence today.
Photo: Bigtimepeace: DJ Kool Herc spins records in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx at an event addressing “The West Indian Roots of Hip-Hop,” February 28, 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

August 11, 1973: The Birth of Hip-Hop

On this day in 1973, DJ Kool Herc dropped a new sound that changed history. While DJ’ing at his sister’s back-to-school party, Herc tried something new on the turntable: he extended an instrumental beat (scratching the track) to let people dance longer (break dancing) and began MC’ing (rapping) during the extended breakdancing. And so DJ Kool Herc set hip-hop on its dynamic evolution towards the expressive art form it is today.

Take an intimate look at the innovation, excitement and collective spirit that characterizes the early beginnings of hip-hop and its influence today.

Photo: Bigtimepeace: DJ Kool Herc spins records in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx at an event addressing “The West Indian Roots of Hip-Hop,” February 28, 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)

In June, Antiques Roadshow visited Birmingham, Alabama, my home for the last three years. I don’t own a Tiffany lamp or a 19th century Chesterfield sofa. I do, though, have a flatscreen television that’s ancient by consumer electronics standards. So that’s what I brought to be appraised…

WATCH NOW: independentlenspbs' Throwback Thursday film Soul Food Junkies (available online for one week only).

Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they’re passed on from generation to generation. Baffled by his dad’s unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.

pbsthisdayinhistory
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August 7, 1912: Theodore Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate
On this day in 1912, two-term President Theodore Roosevelt was re-nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party (also known as the Bull Moose Party), a group of Republicans who disliked their own party’s nominee, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt’s platform was based on increased welfare and fair business competition.
In the fall election, however, Roosevelt was defeated by Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson, who benefited from the divided Republican Party.
Explore Teddy Roosevelt’s early political career with this preview video from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.
Photo: Theodore Roosevelt campaigns for the Progressive Party. (Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

August 7, 1912: Theodore Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate

On this day in 1912, two-term President Theodore Roosevelt was re-nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party (also known as the Bull Moose Party), a group of Republicans who disliked their own party’s nominee, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt’s platform was based on increased welfare and fair business competition.

In the fall election, however, Roosevelt was defeated by Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson, who benefited from the divided Republican Party.

Explore Teddy Roosevelt’s early political career with this preview video from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

Photo: Theodore Roosevelt campaigns for the Progressive Party. (Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.)