05 September 2012

NPR: Abel Meeropel

NPR had this short piece this morning that I listened to on my work commute.  They introduced it by explaining that sometimes in journalism the story you end up reporting is not the one you set out planning on doing.  Ms. Blair was doing a piece on Billie Holiday when the unique details involved in the life of the man who wrote one of her most famous songs, "Strange Fruit" turned into the main focus.  Abel Meeropel was a Jewish New York teacher/poet and you can check out the story on NPR to read (or listen to) how he wrote that eery song (named song of the century in 1999 by TIME) and the famous orphans he adopted later. 

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