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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Strange Fruit: Is Impostor Syndrome Worse For Women Of Color? Friday, Nov 8 2019 

In 1978 a landmark study revealed that many accomplished and highly ambitious women suffered from a psychological condition coined “impostor syndrome”: a tendency to minimize achievements, chalk up accomplishments to luck, and hold an overwhelming fear that they will eventually be discovered as frauds. While this study was groundbreaking, it primarily focused how the impostor phenomenon manifests within educated, middle to upper class white women.

This week we speak with therapist and educator Lincoln Hill about why impostor syndrome is worse for women of color, and how such studies fall short by overlooking the unique experience of being simultaneously Black and a woman in professional settings.

To start this week’s show, we’re joined for hot topics by educator and mentor Shauntrice Martin, and we discuss school safety, controversial Halloween costumes for kids, and the recent revelation that all modern humans originated in Botswana on the continent of Africa.

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Strange Fruit: Silence, And The Power Of Breaking It Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

This week we talk with Mathangi Subramanian about her family, her work, and her recent essay, “The Day My Outrage Went Viral: Racist attitudes against my Brown daughter energized me to raise my voice.” (Read it here.)

In Juicy Fruit: Calling the cops when someone steals your illegal weed, and casting news about Sony’s upcoming Cinderella retelling.

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Strange Fruit: How Pastors Police Black Women’s Bodies Sunday, Oct 20 2019 

We talk this week with Emma Akpan about how certain Black religious institutions expect Black women to conform to white supremacist ideals — especially when it comes to sexuality, motherhood and family structures. She explores it in her recent essay, “I’ve Lost Faith in the Way the Black Church Polices Women’s Bodies.

And October 14-18 was the YWCA’s Week Without Violence — part of a global movement within the organization to end gender-based violence. YWCA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo joins us to explain that work.

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Strange Fruit: Experiencing Race Outside The Black & White Binary Sunday, Oct 13 2019 

Eda Yu - Strange FruitMost often in America, when we talk about issues of race, racial tensions, and racialized politics, it’s within a Black and white paradigm. But what is it like for someone to grow up and become socialized within this country whose ethnic identity doesn’t fall within this binary?

This week we speak with writer Eda Yu about her essay on identity for Vice, “Finding Asian Identity in a Black and White America,” in which she discusses navigating this racial and ethnic conundrum and how she finally began to grow into and actualize her authentic Asian American self.

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Strange Fruit: The Case Against Whuppings Monday, Oct 7 2019 

Corporal punishment describes using physical punishment intended to cause pain as a means of discipline. The most common version of this practice involves hitting or spanking children. Black folks commonly call it getting or giving a “whupping.”

The phrase “spare the rod, spoil the child” is often cited as a sort of religious mandate for such physical discipline of children (even though the popular idiom isn’t actually in the Bible). And despite research to the contrary, there are still many Black parents who contend that hitting their children will turn them into good adults, teach them respect, and protect them for the lure of social ills.

In her book “Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America,” Dr. Stacey Patton asserts that whupping Black children has far-reaching, seldom-discussed consequences, including producing traumatized children that are prone to higher suspension and expulsions rates in school, interactions with the criminal justice system, mental health issues, and foster care placements.

Dr. Patton joins us this week to make the case for why Black parents, and others who raise and care for children of color, should replace corporal punishment with nonviolent, positive discipline.

And in hot topics news, a popular gospel singer takes a controversial stance on a “touchy” subject.

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