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SPECIAL THANKSGIVING EPISODE - THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS: A NARRATIVE OF 1757
BY JAMES FENIMORE COOPER

United States novelist James Fenimore Cooper's classic historical romance of revenge, retribution, and the rise of a distinctly North American physical, spiritual, and emotional character as the most unlikely of traveling companions navigate the unspeakable beauty and brutality of the battlefields of the French and Indian War.  Lecture by Cooper scholar Dr. Wayne Franklin on the back half!

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EPISODE 25 - FRANCHISE: THE GOLDEN ARCHES IN BLACK AMERICA
BY MARCIA CHATELAIN

Georgetown University Professor of History Dr. Marcia Chatelain's 2021 Pulitzer Prize winning exploration of the relationship between Black American and the America fast food industry.  Fast food franchising DID bring a new (and reliable) avenue wealth to the 20th century Black neighborhood but at what cost?  Text explores the social, economic, political, nutritional contradictions inherent therein.  The Georgetown Gender Justice Initiative interviews the author on the back half!

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EPISODE 24 - WILMINGTON'S LIE: THE MURDEROUS COUP OF 1898 AND THE RISE OF WHITE SUPREMACY
BY DAVID ZUCCHINO

Fall reading is here with American journalist David Zucchino's winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction 'Wilmington's Lie' about the Wilmington Massacre in Wilmington, NC in November of 1898, the first armed insurrection by White American's against a democratically-elected Black political majority under the banner of it's newly formalized political agenda: "White Supremacy".  Interview with the author at UPenn on the back half! 

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EPISODE 23 - AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK
BY DAVID DIOP

Finishing our summer reading program reviewing 2021 International Booker Prize winner 'At Night All Blood is Black' by French-Senegalese novelist David Diop.  American translator Anna Moschovakis's 2020 English rendering of Mr. Diop's groundbreaking 2018 text puts colonial contradictions on full display as an assumedly stoic Senegalese rifleman serving in the French Army in WWI implodes into violence, lust, racism, and self-hatred after a comrade is killed.  Interview with the author and translator courtesy of the Maison Française d'Oxford.  Enjoy! 

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EPISODE 22 - SHUGGIE BAIN
BY DOUGLAS STUART

Summer reading reviewing 2020 Man Booker Prize winner 'Shuggie Bain' by debut Scottish LGBT novelist Douglas Stuart.  As hyper-masculine 1980's Glasgow, Scotland faces the final stages of it's 20th century socioeconomic decline, young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain finds his emerging queer identity keeps him isolated at home standing vigil over the final decline of his alcoholic mother Agnes.  Before the end comes for the city and Agnes, both must transmit their better angels to Shuggie, and he his unconditional love to them.  Cúirt Festival interview with the author on the back half! 

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