Season 3, episode 1 of Reverb Effect, a podcast brought to you by the University of Michigan Department of History, is now available!
Duty called in 1941, and duty called again in 1964. But what happened when music came to be a weapon in the information wars of the Cold War?
The adventure began in 1961, when Leo Sarkisian and his wife Mary were living in West Africa. They traveled across the region documenting traditional and pop music for Tempo Records. But one day, Edward Murrow came to Guinea and asked if Leo would be willing to join the Voice of America.
Leo Sarkisian signed up and in 1965 created Music Time in Africa, which has continued for more than 50 years. Christopher DeCou, a PhD student in History at the University of Michigan, follows Leo’s story to examine how entertainment can be caught up in political conflicts and asks the question, what makes propaganda?
You can stream this episode, along with seasons 1 and 2, on our website, linked here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Reverb Effect is a podcast brought to you by the University of Michigan Department of History. In each episode, historians ask how the past voices resonate in the present, and how historians make sense of those voices. Season 3, episode 2 coming soon!