Strange Fruit: Black Women And Girls Slayed The Decade Thursday, Feb 20 2020 

This week, we recognize Black History Month by reviewing all the ways Black women and girls have been dominating the last decade in fields including politics, entertainment and sports, with culture writer Donnie Belcher, who outlines them in her feature “10 Incredible Years: The Decade in Review for Black Women.”

Later, we speak with New York Times reporter Emily Flitter, whose recent piece, “This Is What Racism Sounds Like in the Banking Industry,” sheds light on the discrimination and inequality she says is “baked in” to the banking industry.

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Strange Fruit: Why Colorblind Doesn’t Cut It In Corporate America Wednesday, Feb 5 2020 

As a Puerto Rican woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community, architect and design professional Yiselle Santos Rivera has always been drawn to firms and companies that advocate diversity. This week she joins us to discuss why in corporate America, it’s okay, and even important, to “see color.”

Later in the show, writer DarkSkyLady reminds us that anti-Black behavior is not exclusively white, as we discuss the viral case of author Natasha Tynes’ prejudicial targeting of a Black woman subway worker in New York City.

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Strange Fruit: Confessions Of A White Liberal Thursday, Jan 30 2020 

This week, Shya Scanlon, a self-described white liberal who penned the essay “I, Racist: Confessions of a White Liberal, tells us how he how and why he began the hard work of acknowledging and unlearning the racist ideas he wasn’t aware he held.

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Strange Fruit: ‘You’re Pretty, For A ______ Girl’ Thursday, Dec 26 2019 

We’ve all heard the childhood rhyme about sticks and stones breaking bones, but in reality the seemingly-innocuous words and phrases we use to describe one another can hurt.

Words can affect our sense of self-worth or subconsciously reflect the value we find (or don’t find) in others. This week writer and world traveler Renée Cherez Wedderburn points out how hearing phrases like, “you’re so pretty for a dark-skin girl,” from other Black women causes unintentional harm. It’s the topic of her essay “How the Language We Use Perpetuates Oppressive Systems.”

Later in the show, writer Jonita Davis revisits the podcast to discuss the challenges she faced as a Black woman and adjunct professor teaching white college students at a conservative Midwestern university.

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Strange Fruit: Who Gets A Redemption Story In America? Wednesday, Dec 18 2019 

From Paula Deen, to Brock Turner, to Virginia governor Ralph Northam, we live in a society that allows many white people who commit racist, violent or illegal actions to be punished lightly and quickly forgiven.

This quickness to forgive is present in both the court of public opinion and also within the country’s political and judicial systems.

This week we challenge notions of instant white redemption and second chances with Marley K, an author and advocate whose essay asks, “Why Does A White Man’s Legacy Trump A Black Man’s Trauma?

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Strange Fruit: Practical Magic For Patriarchal Times Thursday, Dec 12 2019 

Have you ever just wished that you could just wave a wand and all of the oppression, injustice and trauma in the world would disappear, like magic? Author Ariel Gore, a self-described social justice witch, says that not only is it possible, but she’s written a magical guide to show us just how to do it.

Hexing the Patriarchy: 26 Potions, Spells, and Magical Elixirs to Embolden the Resistance” contains more than two dozen incantations, recipes, and rituals collected from witches from various traditions. Gore joins us this week to discuss her own journey to social justice witchcraft and shares how feminist magic can help uplift and empower the disenfranchised.

Later in the show we have a provocative conversation regarding race, interracial unions and social justice as we speak with writer Madena Maxine about why white folks in interracial marriages should care about anti-racism work. She examines the topic in her deeply-personal essay Racial Trauma & My Interracial Marriage.

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Strange Fruit: The Importance Of Telling LGBTQ+ Stories Tuesday, Dec 3 2019 

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Telling the histories and lived experiences of Black LGBTQ+ people is beneficial not only for the future generations who hear or read these stories, but is vital to our own survival as well.

This week, professor and author Dr. E. Patrick Johnson returns to the show to discuss his new book, “Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women,” which introduces readers to a variety of Black Southern queer women who shared with Johnson the stories of the joy, pain, terror and triumphs that have colored their lives.

Later, Jordan Williams stops by the studio to talk about his compelling short feature on the online platform Queer Kentucky. Williams discusses his journey to self-love and self-acceptance as a queer Black man and talks about how he coped with the lack of racial diversity while growing up in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Strange Fruit: You Might Not Be Racist, But Are You Anti-Racist? Tuesday, Nov 26 2019 

Lots of folks may consider themselves to be “not racist” — a sort of personal, private declaration — but is that enough in these volatile political times? Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a leading scholar on race and discriminatory policy in America, says the true goal is to be actively “antiracist.”

Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He joins us this week to discuss his new book “How To Be An Antiracist,” in which he analyzes law, history, ethics and science to contextualize his own journey toward awakening as an antiracist.

Later in the show we talk to culture writer Jonita Davis about the growing phenomenon of Black women in motorcycle clubs, which she highlights in her feature “Yes, Black Girls Ride Too.”

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Strange Fruit: What’s It Like To Be An Abortion Call Center Operator? Wednesday, Nov 20 2019 

Abortion remains a hot button issue in these political times, as some states race to restrict or ban abortion, while others race to protect it. In some regions of the country, citizens rely on abortion call centers to ask questions about abortions, locate providers, and schedule the procedure. Operators also sometimes help callers figure out how to get there or how to pay for it.

The telephone staff at The Women’s Centers provide an important service for potential clients of a network of five abortion providers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, and in Georgia.

This week author Lux Alptraum joins us to shed light on what it’s like to work at an abortion call center.

Later, in honor of National Inspirational Role Models Month, Fruitcake and frequent guest Aaron Weathers joins us to recognize two inspirational figures in his life.

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Strange Fruit: Swimming While Muslim Tuesday, Nov 12 2019 

This week we talk to Rowaida Abdelaziz about her essay, “When Swimming As A Muslim Becomes A Political Act.”

And UofL student activist Finn DePriest joins us to talk about the importance of finding queer role models.

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