Zombies have become a global phenomenon — there have been at least ten zombie movies so far this year. Which made us wonder, where did this fascination for the undead come from? This week, how one of our favorite monsters is a window into Haiti's history and the horrors of slavery.
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Guests for this episode:
PATRICK SYLVAIN (Lecturer and doctoral candidate at Brandeis University)
ELIZABETH McALISTER (Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Wesleyan University)
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