30 Days a Black Man

In 1948 Pittsburgh's greatest journalist Ray Sprigle went undercover and then shocked the country with his powerful expose of the Jim Crow South. The history book that retells the amazing forgotten story.

Dogging Steinbeck

When Bill Steigerwald retraced the 1960 road trip John Steinbeck made for  'Travels With Charley' in 2010 he found the iconic road book was more fiction than fact. The true story of how Steigerwald changed the way 'Charley' will be read forever.

Exposing Old Jim Crow

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ray Sprigle spent 30 days living like a black man in the segregated South. What he saw made him ashamed to be an American. What he wrote woke up the country. Read his original 1948 series.

Q&A: Tucker Carlson, before he became King of Cable

July 1, 2020 |
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Tucker Carlson of Fox News has risen to the top of the cable news heap to become the most-watched, most-hated and most influential commentator in our politically fractured and deeply divisive country. The Washington Post, his former colleagues at MSNBC and CNN, and left-wing outposts like Media Matters and the Daily Beast have unfairly branded…

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Privatize all statues

June 25, 2020 |
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Here’s a radical concept that will save us a lot of virtue signalling by politicians like Nancy Pelosi in the future: Privatize all statues. Remove all statues from government property and never again use government money or land to put up another one. Statues to leaders and heroes, as we’ve seen, are inherently political. Leaders…

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The Day I Lived under Communism — A Replay

June 18, 2020 |
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In April of 1988, when the Soviet Union’s evil empire was teetering and the Berlin Wall was about to fall, I caught up with my brother Dan’s touring rock band Kingdom Come in Germany. One of the articles I wrote for the L.A. Times was my search for a popular cafeteria in shabby East Berlin.…

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Exposing Old Jim Crow, 1948

June 10, 2020 |

Pittsburgh’s greatest journalist Ray Sprigle spent a month living like a black man in the segregated South. Then he shocked the country with the iniquities he saw. ‘I quit being white, and free, and an American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach. . . . From then on, until I came up…

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So Sorry for That Shutdown, Kids

June 10, 2020 |
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Sorry, young people. Thanks to us old Baby Boomers you Millennials and Zoomers are now living in a world of trouble. We — your parents and grandparents — have screwed up before. Big-time. The Iraq War. The Great Recession of 2008. The creation of a gargantuan Surveillance/Security/Welfare/Warfare State that will never die, never shrink and…

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As has been obvious, the biggest scandal will be nursing homes deaths

May 26, 2020 |
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For the record, this is the email I sent on May 9 to a guy I know who is the editor of a large and powerful East Coast newspaper that shall remain nameless: I encourage you to turn a few of your reporters loose on the chronic failures of private/public nursing homes/care homes to protect…

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It’s the nursing homes, stupid. That’s where 40 percent of our Covid-19 deaths are.

May 12, 2020 |
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5.1 million people in the United States live in nursing homes or residential care facilities. The elderly residents of those facilities represent 1.6% of the U.S. population, but they account for nearly 40 percent of all deaths from COVID-19. This stunning bit of information, which you’d think every journalist and politician in the country would…

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Bill's Q&A's

Q&A: Tucker Carlson, before he became King of Cable

Tucker Carlson of Fox News has risen to the top of the cable news heap to become the most-watched, most-hated and most influential commentator in our politically fractured and deeply divisive country. The Washington Post, his former colleagues at MSNBC and CNN, and left-wing outposts like Media Matters and the Daily Beast have unfairly branded…
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Bill Steigerwald

Bill Steigerwald is a veteran journalist from Pittsburgh. His new nonfiction book "30 Days a Black Man" tells the amazing but forgotten story about an undercover mission by a Pittsburgh newspaperman into the Jim Crow South in 1948 that shook up the whole country. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette star reporter Ray Sprigle's nationally syndicated series "In the Land of Jim Crow" exposed the iniquities and humiliations suffered by ten million black Americans in the segregated South. It shocked the white people of the North, angered the South and started the first national debate in the media about ending America's legal apartheid. Kirkus Review said "30 Days a Black Man" is "a fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure..." that Steigerwald turned "into rollicking, haunting American history." ... READ MORE