Radio IQ has produced a new podcast series called “Memory Wars” which explores how Germany has relied on Holocaust history. It also examines what can be learned as America grapples with its own legacy of slavery and racism.
The new series is the result of a Fulbright grant that funded a German residency for Mallory Noe-Payne, Radio IQ’s Richmond bureau chief. during her year-long stay, she traveled around Germany to listen to people’s personal stories. Returning to Virginia in early 2022, Noe-Payne teamed up with Richmond Times-Dispatch Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Michael Paul Williams. Together, they balanced his observations of how German citizens grapple with their country’s recent Nazi past with Williams’ research into how Virginia — and America — dealt with racism and continues to struggle with it. .
The series of five 45-minute podcasts will air on Thursdays, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, and August 4. In addition to streaming on Radio IQ, episodes will be available through Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, and other platforms.
The first podcast, titled “The Two Reconstructions,” begins in the aftermath of World War II and explores how people began to come to terms with the past just after the war. The first episode lays the foundation for the series by addressing themes of education, commemoration, and responsibility.
These new podcasts continue Radio IQ’s commitment to exploring and reporting issues that encourage listeners to consider other perspectives. “Memory Wars” joins the station’s recently created “Tribal Truths” series and its conversations about civic engagement.