The Legacy Of Leo Sarkisian, American Broadcaster Devoted To 'Music Time In Africa'09:30
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Leo Sarkisian, center, his wife, Mary, and VOA Director David Ensor smile during a celebration that followed the renaming of VOA Studio 23 in Sarkisian's honor, Jan. 29, 2014. (Courtesy VOA)MoreCloseclosemore
Leo Sarkisian, center, his wife, Mary, and VOA Director David Ensor smile during a celebration that followed the renaming of VOA Studio 23 in Sarkisian's honor, Jan. 29, 2014. (Courtesy VOA)

Leo Sarkisian was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He traveled to places few Westerners went, and recorded local music most people had never heard.

Sarkisian, well-known for creating the Voice of America radio show "Music Time in Africa," died in June at an assisted living home in Bedford, New Hampshire. He was 97.

All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins remembers Sarkisian's remarkable life. She speaks with a longtime friend of Sarkisian's, Kelly Askew, a professor of anthropology and Afro-American and African studies at the University of Michigan.

This segment aired on July 13, 2018.

Lisa Mullins Twitter Host, All Things Considered
Lisa Mullins is the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered. She anchors the program, conducts interviews and reports from the field.

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