Race and Redemption

January 26, 2003
(was 03.03.2002)

In America’s struggle with race, one man is trying to keep it real.  His website dares to post the questions we’re afraid to ask out loud.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the quest for racial understanding from the founder of the Y-Forum.  Also, the sweet and sorrowful history of Billie Holliday’s revolutionary song “Strange Fruit.”

  1. Randall Kennedy on the "N" Word

    Harvard Law’s Randall Kennedy (who is African American) is the author of the notoriously titled “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.” He talks with Steve Paulson about how the N-word has been used historically in America.

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  2. David Margolick on Strange Fruit

    David Margolick is the author of “Strange Fruit,” a history of the revolutionary Billie Holiday song. Margolick tells Jim Fleming who wrote the song, what happened the first time Holiday sang it, and what it’s lasting impact has been.

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  3. Phillip Milano on the Y-Forum

    Philip Milano is the author of “Why Do White People Smell Like Dogs When They Come Out of the Rain?” and founder of the controversial Web site, Y-Forum.com.  He tells Anne Strainchamps his goal is to increase understanding between the races.

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  4. Alexandra Fuller on her African Childhood

    Alexandra Fuller was the child of white farmers in the former Rhodesia.  Her memoir is called “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood.” 

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