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S. Epatha Merkerson: Benevolent Society

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Best known for her role on the TV series “Law & Order,” S. Epatha Merkerson joins guest host Christian McBride to talk about her documentary, “The Contradictions of Fair Hope.” It chronicles the evolution of an African-American benevolent society that was founded to support newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Plus, a live performance from jazz singer Gregory Porter.

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Christian McBride

S. Epatha Merkerson's New Order

S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her role on the TV series “Law & Order,” but her new documentary explores different territory. “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” chronicles the evolution of an African-American benevolent society that was founded to support newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Merkerson and fellow producer Rockell Metcalf talk about the project with guest host Christian McBride, who composed music for the film.

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Gregory Porter: In Studio

Jazz singer Gregory Porter looks like a linebacker – which makes sense, because that’s exactly what he used to be. Although a shoulder injury put an end to that career path, things have worked out pretty well for Porter--his 2010 recording debut, “Water,” earned him a Grammy nomination the following year. His sophomore effort is called “Be Good,” and he talks with guest host Christian McBride about the record and performs some of it live in our studio.

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Gig Alert: Jennifer Koh

Classical violinist Jennifer Koh honors John Adams at the Brooklyn Library Central Branch as part of Carnegie Hall's American Mavericks series on Sunday. Download her version of Adams's "Road Movies: I. Relaxed Grooves."

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