Black Lives Matter

Released Wednesday, 10th June 2020
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On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Lauren Michele Jackson to discuss her recent piece in Vulture, “What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?” Then, the panel talks about cop shows during this current moment, jumping off of a recent article in the Washington Post by Alyssa Rosenberg that argues these procedurals that tend to glorify the police should be canceled. Finally, they discuss the power of citizen-shot videos of police brutality that are widely shared on social media.
In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the New York Times’s decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton and what the fallout means for newsrooms today. You can sign up for Slate Plus at
Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
Outro Music: Cheap Flights by Dylan Sitts
Hmmm. I have to admit, the first segment went right over my head. I still can't understand what the problem is with white people reading books about racism, and reading books by black authors. I tried to follow, but I could not understand the point. The segment on cop shows seemed uncharacteristically superficial. There are examples besides The Wire of police shows grappling with race. Thankfully, Julia pulled the conversation out of the fire by suggesting that making race part of the plots of police shows would improve the genre, which might be better than just shutting it down.
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