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Echoes of a Coup

The sixth season of the acclaimed podcast “Scene on Radio” will focus on the only successful coup d’état in United States history, in 1898 — when white supremacists seized political power and massacred Black citizens in Wilmington, North Carolina, then a thriving majority-Black community and the most populous city in the state.

Launching on January 10, the five-episode season, titled “Echoes of a Coup,” uses archival sources, scene-based recordings, interviews with historians, and the voices of community members to bring Wilmington to life — before, during, and after the coup. Drawing parallels between 1898 and the present day, it also examines the U.S. in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection, as support for political violence rises and attacks on democratic institutions proliferate.

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