6 episodes

Sometimes, paintings tell a story. Other times, they are the story. PK Media dives into the journey that 4 paintings embarked on, dating back to a pre-WWII Roosevelt speech. Four Freedoms is a very Mississippi story about an artist struggling to take her place in high-society Jackson, a business pioneer who recognized the intersection of public art and commerce, and how a series of paintings made their way from a general store in rural Richton to the largest art museum in the state.

4 Freedoms PK Media

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Sometimes, paintings tell a story. Other times, they are the story. PK Media dives into the journey that 4 paintings embarked on, dating back to a pre-WWII Roosevelt speech. Four Freedoms is a very Mississippi story about an artist struggling to take her place in high-society Jackson, a business pioneer who recognized the intersection of public art and commerce, and how a series of paintings made their way from a general store in rural Richton to the largest art museum in the state.

    Chapter Four: Everything Changes (Part 1)

    Chapter Four: Everything Changes (Part 1)

    In the spirit of her great teacher Boardman Robinson, Mildred Wolfe gives a strong, new voice to President Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" in the midst of a new Red Scare. The paintings are installed in the B. M. Stevens Store in Richton.

    • 26 min
    Chapter Four: Everything Changes (Part 2)

    Chapter Four: Everything Changes (Part 2)

    Mildred Wolfe becomes more conscious of the social injustices within Mississippi, and experiences a harsh professional setback. Her "Freedoms" make their way to the Mississippi Museum of Art.

    • 39 min
    Chapter Three: Always an Artist

    Chapter Three: Always an Artist

    With a new chapter of her life beginning in Jackson, Mildred Wolfe is faced with the peculiarities of Mississippi's polite society, and the challenge of creating her own identity as an artist along side her husband Karl, a successful portraitist. When one of Karl's clients visits the studio, Mildred is offered a unique commission.

    • 25 min
    Chapter Two: A Way of Life

    Chapter Two: A Way of Life

    Mildred Wolfe was an artist; she always had been. In this episode of "4 Freedoms," follow Mildred Wolfe as she overcomes the challenges of the Great Depression, and utilizes the home-front war effort to gain notoriety.

    • 27 min
    Chapter One: A Moment Unprecedented

    Chapter One: A Moment Unprecedented

    In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave an address to a country on the precipice of war. This speech served as the inspiration for a number of artistic works, including the Four Freedoms paintings, housed today in the Mississippi Museum of Art.

    • 21 min
    A Very Mississippi Story

    A Very Mississippi Story

    A new podcast miniseries by PK Media following the story of Mildred Wolfe and her 4 Freedoms paintings from rural Mississippi to the largest art museum in the state.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

MA4479 ,

Thoroughly enjoy and look forward to new installments.

Very well-written and informative. I really like how it highlights a subject most people are familiar with, The Four Freedoms speech, and ties it to an inspirational artist most people, unfortunately, have never heard of. She was definitely a woman ahead of her time, and it’s nice to see her get the limelight she deserves.

mathrocksmysocks ,

History through a story

This podcast is a wonderful example of how rich and broad history can be told through a story. It personalizes the era, and writer really pulls the audience into that time period and the life of the artist. I would suggest this podcast to anyone interested in American history or from the south. It’s beautifully told and informative. I only have one complaint. The female podcaster seems to be reading from a script more than engaging with the story. Other than that, it is great!

MasonHC ,

Informative and Well Made

I’ve been a big fan of PK Media’s magazine, so I was looking forward to a podcast. This podcast was very well made, and tells a great story about my country and my state. Looking forward to hearing more on this.

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