WBUR Is Belatedly Giving Credit to a Female Historian for a SegmentHistorians in the News
tags: historians, NPR
It was not exactly a good look. When Boston-based NPR affiliate WBUR ran a segment late last week on the tobacco industry, it featured the voices of two men, Nathan Daniel Beau Connolly and Edward Ayers, of the podcast BackStory, dissecting the history of cigarettes in America. But they failed to mention once in almost ten minutes on the show Here & Now that their chat had been based on the work of someone else: University of Virginia historian and Harvard alum Sarah Milov, who’d just written an entire book on the topic.
Milov, according to the Washington Post-run site The Lily, was justifiably peeved. How, she wondered, could two guys be given a platform to discuss her work without so much as a plug? “If you liked this interview, you’ll love the book,” she wrote on Twitter, before retweeting a colleague who noted how she’d been “(shockingly) uncredited” for her contributions to the discussion.
So now, after receiving a grilling on the omission, WBUR and the pair of podcast hosts are apologizing, and hoping to set the record straight.
In a statement to The Lily‘s Caroline Kitchener over the weekend, WBUR managing director Sam Fleming owned up to it, saying it was “unfortunate that we didn’t acknowledge the author who was largely responsible for much of the content.” A post on the station’s website about it now includes a hat-tip to her right up top noting that she “provided extensive research material for” the segment. Her book, The Cigarette: A Political History, via Harvard University Press, is due out in October.
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