Blacklisted


Of all the stories I’ve told, “Blacklisted” has probably had the greatest impact.

To be safe, my mother never spoke my father’s name. After a while, I thought he had died.
— BLACKLISTED, Episode 1
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The program, a three-hour docudrama, received rave reviews from newspapers across the country for its dramatic account of a reign of fear in this country that threatened families, destroyed careers, and undermined fundamental American freedoms and principles. The story was relevant in 1997 when it first aired nationally on NPR; it is perhaps even more relevant today.

“BLACKLISTED is about not 'going along' and what it cost. It rivals 'THE SHADOW' for scary listening.”

—Newsweek Magazine

With an all-star cast including Stockard Channing, Eli Wallach, Ron Leibman, Carroll O‘Connor, Jerry Stiller, and Julie Harris, "Blacklisted" used the power of radio to immerse listeners in the experience of the political and personal dramas of the time.  Featured in articles by Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, “Blacklisted”was also praised by many listeners as one of the most riveting radio dramas they had ever heard.

The New York Times article download

Boston Globe article download


BLACKLISTED EPISODES

Part I

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The start of the Hollywood Red Scare and its focus on my father as one of its prime targets.

Part II

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Facing the end of his career and the possible loss of his freedom, my father flees the country to Mexico.

Part III

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The start of my family’s exile and my father’s struggle to make a living while under FBI surveillance in Mexico and the movie industry blacklist in the United States.

Part IV

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After five years in Mexico, my family loses its refuge in Mexico and, in search of anonymity and freedom from persecution, my father moves us to New Hampshire.

Part V

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As the national Red Scare begins to fade, a surprise investigation of my father by New Hampshire authorities threatens what little security he has found by writing under another name.

Part VI

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The end of my father’s life and the revelation of a secret he kept that, had he revealed it, might have changed his life.


 
 

Testimony before House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) October, 1947. The beginning of the Hollywood Blacklist.