21 episodes

Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years, 1940-1942  takes listeners on a fascinating journey to James Baldwin's early days as a teenage prodigy at New York City's famed DeWitt Clinton High School. Co-hosted by New York City-based podcast creator Aldo B. Martin and Harlem-based English Professor Frank Leon Roberts, Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years combines in-depth analysis,  casual conversation and riveting audio performances of rare and never-before-recorded work written by teenage Baldwin. Insightful, conversational, and accessible—Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years will appeal to anyone with a love for James Baldwin, New York City, stories, conversation, podcasts, or the power of literature. 

Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years. (Podcast Hosted by Aldo B. Martin & Dr. Frank Leon Roberts‪)‬ Aldo B. Martin and Dr. Frank Leon Roberts

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years, 1940-1942  takes listeners on a fascinating journey to James Baldwin's early days as a teenage prodigy at New York City's famed DeWitt Clinton High School. Co-hosted by New York City-based podcast creator Aldo B. Martin and Harlem-based English Professor Frank Leon Roberts, Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years combines in-depth analysis,  casual conversation and riveting audio performances of rare and never-before-recorded work written by teenage Baldwin. Insightful, conversational, and accessible—Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years will appeal to anyone with a love for James Baldwin, New York City, stories, conversation, podcasts, or the power of literature. 

    Epilogue

    Epilogue

    In the final episode, Professor Roberts and Aldo discuss their thoughts and discoveries in holding space for this subject matter.   The duo also attempt to explain why James Baldwin was, is, and will always be important. 

    Episode References
    The Welcome Table
    Herman "Bill" Porter
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The James Baldwin Papers
    Ferncliff Cemetery Association

    Further Reading:
    Books by James Baldwin
    The Furious Passage of James Baldwin by Fern M. Eckman
    James Baldwin: A Biography  by David Leeming
    Talking At The Gates: by James Campbell
    Begin Again by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
    Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
    James Baldwin: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
    James Baldwin: Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen
    The Castle on the Parkway by G. Pelisson and J. Garvey


    Find us on X (formerly known as Twitter @DrFrankRoberts and @aldobmartin
    Learn more about Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at Amherst.edu
    More podcasts by Aldo B. Martin:
    The Reclamation
    The Fatherhood Project
    YALD. The Podcast
    Jammin' on the One
    So...Tell Me About Your Podcast

    Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years Podcast is
    Researched by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and Aldo B. Martin
    Performed by Elena from 3B and Tina E.
    Edited by Aldo B. Martin
    Produced by Aldo B. Martin

    • 31 min
    Chapter 17 - Rendezvous with Life

    Chapter 17 - Rendezvous with Life

    This episode discusses an interview that teenage Baldwin conducted in the Magpie.  Also discussed, is James Baldwin's student/teacher relationship with Harlem Renaissance poet, Countee Cullen.   Elena from 3B  joins Aldo as a special guest host for this episode (don't worry - Professor. Roberts will be back next week!).  Elena and Aldo discuss how the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement are directly linked to Clinton High School and James Baldwin. 

    "Rendezvous with Life" (the interview) is read by Emmanuel and Harrison
     "Rendezvous with Life" (the poem) is read by Harrison

    Episode References:
    Countee Cullen
    The Harlem Renaissance
    Alain Locke
    The New Negro
    I Have A Rendezvous with Death by Alan Seeger
    I Have A Rendezvous with Life by Countee Cullen

    Further Reading:
    Books by James Baldwin
    The Furious Passage of James Baldwin by Fern M. Eckman
    James Baldwin: A Biography  by David Leeming
    Talking At The Gates: by James Campbell
    Begin Again by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
    Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
    James Baldwin: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
    James Baldwin: Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen
    The Castle on the Parkway by G. Pelisson and J. Garvey
    Find us on X (formerly known as Twitter @DrFrankRoberts and @aldobmartin
    Learn more about Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at Amherst.edu
    More podcasts by Aldo B. Martin:
    The Reclamation
    The Fatherhood Project
    YALD. The Podcast
    Jammin' on the One
    So...Tell Me About Your Podcast

    Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years Podcast is
    Researched by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and Aldo B. Martin
    Performed by Elena from 3B and Tina E.
    Edited by Aldo B. Martin
    Produced by Aldo B. Martin

    • 42 min
    Chapter 16 - Judgment Day

    Chapter 16 - Judgment Day

    In this poem, titled "Judgment Day" young James Baldwin again experiments with the usage of African American Vernacular English.  Professor Roberts argues that this poem is the most defiant of Baldwin's Magpie work.   This episode then takes a look at one of James Baldwin's high school teachers, Abe Meeropol (Abel Meerpolsky).  Aldo and Professor Roberts examine Abe Meeropol's contributions to the Magpie, to young Baldwin, and to the world.
    "Judgment Day" is read by Tina E.
    "The Dreamer" is read by Emmanuel

    Episode References:
    Abe Meeropol
    Strange Fruit
    Blues for Mr. Charlie
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The James Baldwin Papers

    Further Reading:
    Books by James Baldwin
    The Furious Passage of James Baldwin by Fern M. Eckman
    James Baldwin: A Biography  by David Leeming
    Talking At The Gates: by James Campbell
    Begin Again by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
    Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
    James Baldwin: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
    James Baldwin: Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen
    The Castle on the Parkway by G. Pelisson and J. Garvey


    Find us on X (formerly known as Twitter @DrFrankRoberts and @aldobmartin
    Learn more about Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at Amherst.edu
    More podcasts by Aldo B. Martin:
    The Reclamation
    The Fatherhood Project
    YALD. The Podcast
    Jammin' on the One
    So...Tell Me About Your Podcast

    Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years Podcast is
    Researched by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and Aldo B. Martin
    Performed by Elena from 3B and Tina E.
    Edited by Aldo B. Martin
    Produced by Aldo B. Martin

    • 23 min
    Chapter 15 - Loose Stone Rolling

    Chapter 15 - Loose Stone Rolling

    In his latter years at DeWitt Clinton High School, James Baldwin wrote a poem titled “Loose Stone Rolling.”  Professor Roberts argues that young Baldwin was proclaiming his life’s purpose with this poem.  Aldo argues that such a proclamation was made years prior, during Baldwin's middle school days.  The conversation then shifts as the duo introduce and discuss yet another one of Baldwin’s peer collaborators at the Magpie: world renowned photographer, Richard Avedon

    "Loose Stone Rolling" is read by Elena from 3B
    "Spring At Coventry" is read by Emmanuel
    Episode References
    Richard Avedon
    The Ring Shout
    The Changing Same
    The Color Purple
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The James Baldwin Papers
    Nothing Personal

    Further Reading:
    Books by James Baldwin
    The Furious Passage of James Baldwin by Fern M. Eckman
    James Baldwin: A Biography  by David Leeming
    Talking At The Gates: by James Campbell
    Begin Again by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
    Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
    James Baldwin: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
    James Baldwin: Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen
    The Castle on the Parkway by G. Pelisson and J. Garvey




    Find us on X (formerly known as Twitter @DrFrankRoberts and @aldobmartin
    Learn more about Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at Amherst.edu
    More podcasts by Aldo B. Martin:
    The Reclamation
    The Fatherhood Project
    YALD. The Podcast
    Jammin' on the One
    So...Tell Me About Your Podcast

    Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years Podcast is
    Researched by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and Aldo B. Martin
    Performed by Elena from 3B and Tina E.
    Edited by Aldo B. Martin
    Produced by Aldo B. Martin

    • 24 min
    Chapter 14 - Sonnet

    Chapter 14 - Sonnet

    Also Professor Roberts and Aldo discuss "Sonnet," they borrow some of their thoughts from Professor Roberts' students.  The duo continue with the theme of "peer collaboration" and introduce another one of James Baldwin's Magpie counterparts: Emile Capouya.  In discussing his partnership with them, Professor Roberts and Aldo argue that Baldwin's Magpie peers added value to his life.     

    "Sonnet" is read by Elena from 3B
    "Untitled" is read by Emmanuel

    Episode References:
    Emile Capouya
    James Baldwin Speech at Amherst College
    The Five Colleges
    Sonnet

    Further Reading:
    Books by James Baldwin
    The Furious Passage of James Baldwin by Fern M. Eckman
    James Baldwin: A Biography  by David Leeming
    Talking At The Gates: by James Campbell
    Begin Again by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
    Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
    James Baldwin: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
    James Baldwin: Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen
    The Castle on the Parkway by G. Pelisson and J. Garvey
    Find us on X (formerly known as Twitter @DrFrankRoberts and @aldobmartin
    Learn more about Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at Amherst.edu
    More podcasts by Aldo B. Martin:
    The Reclamation
    The Fatherhood Project
    YALD. The Podcast
    Jammin' on the One
    So...Tell Me About Your Podcast

    Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years Podcast is
    Researched by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and Aldo B. Martin
    Performed by Elena from 3B and Tina E.
    Edited by Aldo B. Martin
    Produced by Aldo B. Martin

    • 26 min
    Chapter 13 - Incident in London

    Chapter 13 - Incident in London

    One of the more noteworthy elements about "The Magpie," is the element of peer collaboration.  While James Baldwin, the "Magpie" editor and writer, is the subject of this podcast, young Baldwin was also a part of a network of gifted and young writers, who all wrote for "The Magpie."  This episode introduces us to one of Baldwin's peers/collaborators/friends: Sol Stein

    Incident in London is read by Tina E.
    Three Houses is read by Myron Abernathy

    Episode References:
    Blitz in London
    Ernie Pyle
    Book of Amos
    Set Thine House in Order
    E Plurubis Unum
    Uber Alles
    New York Times Review of "Notes of a Native Son" by Langston Hughes
    Further Reading:
    Books by James Baldwin
    The Furious Passage of James Baldwin by Fern M. Eckman
    James Baldwin: A Biography  by David Leeming
    Talking At The Gates: by James Campbell
    Begin Again by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
    Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
    James Baldwin: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
    James Baldwin: Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen

    Find us on X (formerly known as Twitter @DrFrankRoberts and @aldobmartin
    Learn more about Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at Amherst.edu
    More podcasts by Aldo B. Martin:
    The Reclamation
    The Fatherhood Project
    YALD. The Podcast
    Jammin' on the One
    So...Tell Me About Your Podcast

    Finding James Baldwin: The Magpie Years Podcast is
    Researched by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and Aldo B. Martin
    Performed by Elena from 3B and Tina E.
    Edited by Aldo B. Martin
    Produced by Aldo B. Martin

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Lucy GLB ,

Excellent!

How amazing to get to hear the writings of James Baldwin as a teen. Thanks to Aldo B. Martin for making this fascinating and historically important discovery. The podcast takes you on a journey of discovery where you hang on every word. Great story telling. Love this podcast!

TheLadyHarris ,

This Black Girl Shouts!

Thank you! I binged this podcast in 2-3 days! It is marvelous to have this loving and academic lens on Baldwin! I can't wait for the next episode!

DanGeeZee ,

High level work

Listening to Aldo and Dr Roberts analyze the teenage Baldwin’s work is insightful and entertaining. Great storytelling and highly educational.

Top Podcasts In Arts

Fresh Air
NPR
The Moth
The Moth
99% Invisible
Roman Mars
Fantasy Fangirls
Fantasy Fangirls
Fashion People
Audacy | Puck
McCartney: A Life in Lyrics
iHeartPodcasts and Pushkin Industries