Our Earnest Struggle is broadcast each Saturday morning at 10 am. Click on “Listen” to select the episodes you’d like to hear.

Frederick Douglass

Our Earnest Struggle, produced by award-winning journalist Darien Lamen for 100.9 WXIR, will focus on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, in a contemporary context.

The program, to be broadcast on a weekly basis, will incorporate two to three segments for each episode focusing on Arts and Entertainment, the legacy of his ideas, and topics associated with liberty and freedom. The episodes will incorporate both a local as well as national perspective.

The title for the radio series was taken from a speech Frederick Douglass gave in Canandaigua, NY on August 3, 1857 entitled “If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress.”

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle.”

Darien Lamen is an Upstate New York native with a wide range of media production experience. Darien is an educator and Brazilian music scholar by training, and a multimedia storyteller and audiophile by vocation. He has been a contributor to Afropop Worldwide’s long-form radio documentary series Hip Deep, and prior to arriving in Rochester last August, he worked for WORT community radio in Madison, Wisconsin, developing award-winning radio journalism and feature stories as the station’s Assistant News Director.

If you have an idea or are (or know) a resource for a segment of Our Earnest Struggle that you would like to propose for the program, please use the following form to contact the Producer.

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