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Sept 16th, 2020

EPISODE 11 - THE UNDYING: PAIN, VULNERABILITY, MORTALITY, MEDICINE, ART, TIME, DREAMS, DATA, EXHAUSTION, CANCER, AND CARE

BY ANNE BOYER

"A week after her 41st birthday, acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living paycheck to paycheck, the catastrophic illness was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness.  A 21st century 'Illness as Metaphor', 'The Undying' will break your heart, make you angry enough to spit, and show you contemporary America as a thing both desperately ill and occasionally, perversely glorious."

-Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Sept 30th, 2020

EPISODE 12 - EVICTED: POVERTY & PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY

BY MATTHEW DESMOND

Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), 'Evicted' transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible."

-Penguin Random House

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Oct 14th, 2020

EPISODE 13 - SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY: A TRUE STORY OF SLAVERY AND RESTITUTION IN AMERICA

BY W. CALEB McDANIEL

McDaniel's book is an epic tale of a Black woman who survived slavery twice and who achieved more than merely a moral victory over one of her oppressors. Above all, 'Sweet Taste of Liberty' is a portrait of an extraordinary individual as well as a searing reminder of the lessons of her story, which establish beyond question the connections between slavery and the prison system that rose in its place.

-Oxford University Press

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Oct 14th, 2020

SPECIAL EPISODE - BUFFALO DANCE: THE JOURNEY OF YORK

BY FRANK X WALKER

This collection of persona poems tells the story of the infamous Lewis & Clark expedition from the point of view of Clark's personal slave, York. The poems form a narrative of York's inner and outer journey, before, during and after the expedition--a journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the great northwest, from servant to soul yearning to be free.  Frank X Walker's rare blend of history and art breathes life into an important but overlooked historical figure.

-University Press of Kentucky

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Oct 14th, 2020

SPECIAL EPISODE - WHEN WINTER COME: THE ASCENSION OF YORK

BY FRANK X WALKER

A sequel to the award-winning 'Buffalo Dance', Frank X Walker's 'When Winter Come: The Ascension of York' is a dramatic reimagining of Lewis and Clark's legendary exploration of the American West. By focusing on the humanity and struggles of York, Clark's slave, [Walker] challenges conventional views of the journey's heroes and exposes the deeds, both great and ghastly, of the men behind the myth.  'When Winter Come' exalts the historical persona of a slave and lifts the soul of a man. York ascends out of his chains, out of oblivion, and into flight.

-University Press of Kentucky

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