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Strange Fruit #267: Getting Away With Murder?

A teenager named Cameron Terrell was arrested in October on suspicion of murder in an alleged gang killing in South Los Angeles. Before you try to guess where this story is going, you should know: Cameron Terrell is a white, and from a wealthy L.A. suburb. Terrell was able to make bail: $5 million. At trial, he was acquitted of the charges, leaving some to wonder how differently Terrell's story might have ended had he been black, poor, and actually from the neighborhood where the shooting happened. Did the jury give him the benefit of the doubt because he was white? Nicole Santa Cruz covered the story for the L.A. Times. She joins us this week to tell us more about the case. And in Halloween-related hot topics, a woman and a ghost get on an airplane...stop us if you've heard this one. (Photo by Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

Strange Fruit #266: Strange Fruit: A Bloodcurdling Conversation With 'Dracula' Actors

This week actors Crystian Wiltshire and Neill Robertson join us to discuss their roles in the current production of "Dracula" at Actors Theater of Louisville. Actors Theater has been producing this vampire tale, based on Bram Stoker's gothic vampire fable, each Halloween season for more than 20 years. In Juicy Fruit, NBC News host Megyn Kelly offended just about everybody when she defended blackface and other racist costumes. Commentator Don Lemon weighed in and, of course, so do we!

Strange Fruit #266: Strange Fruit: A Bloodcurdling Conversation With 'Dracula' Actors

Strange Fruit #265: A Conversation With LGBTQ Historian David Williams

Author and historian David Williams joins us this week to talk about his new book "Secrets of Old Louisville" which is filled with the forgotten lore, hidden treasures and shocking secrets that are a part of the enchanted Louisville neighborhood's history. In 1982, Williams also founded one of the largest LGBTQ+ archives and libraries in the country, the Williams-Nichols Collection, which is now housed at the University of Louisville and contains more than 1,700 books, buttons, bar flyers and other LGBTQ+ memorabilia related to Louisville and the country. Later in Juicy Fruit, Jai and Doc discuss rapper Remy Ma's controversial stance on the use of the N-word by white rapper Lil Xan and other non-black people of color, including Robert Ortiz, the gay and Puerto Rican New Yorker who got caught on video using the word to insult his black Lyft driver. And finally, Jai teases that Doc and her wife Missy have something very interesting planned for their Halloween costumes.

Strange Fruit #264: 'Hey Fren!' Internet Sensation Zoie Fenty

This week on Strange Fruit, Doc finally gets to interview one of her faves: Zoie Fenty, better known online as GotDamnZo. Zoie has over 4 million followers on Instagram, where he's carved out a niche. He edits viral videos (especially videos of kids being funny) to make it look like he's having a conversation with the subject on Facetime. He also watches outrageous hair and nail tutorial videos and posts his reactions. Zoie joins us to talk about his work, how he got his start, and his favorite things about internet fame.

Strange Fruit #263: How Where You Live In Louisville Affects Your Grocery Bill

Why does the cost of basics at Kroger vary depending where you are in Louisville? It's an issue of supply and demand, but it's one that ends up affecting low-income people across the city. In this week's episode of Strange Fruit, we talk to Bailey Loosemore of the Courier Journal about a recent story that looked at the cost of grocery staples at Kroger grocery stores around Louisville.

Strange Fruit #263: How Where You Live In Louisville Affects Your Grocery Bill

Strange Fruit #263: 'Rape Jokes' Comic Cameron Esposito

After a week where talk about sexual assault was inescapable to anyone near a radio, TV, newspaper, the internet, etc., it might seem like jokes about rape are the last thing anyone would want to hear. But Cameron Esposito's stand-up comedy routine promises just that. In fact, that's the title of her latest special. "It's a deliberately incendiary title," Cameron explains. "Rape jokes are a concept that exists in stand-up comedy, and I wanted the number one Google result, if you put in 'rape jokes,' to be an hour of really funny stand-up about sexual assault from my perspective as a survivor." (Esposito's special is indeed now the number one Google result for that search.) She's donating the proceeds from the special, and her tour, to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). And speaking of her tour, it's bringing her to Louisville on Sunday. She joins us on this week's show to talk about her work, and how good comics skirt the line between funny and too far.

Strange Fruit: On Queen Sugar, Pie Is More Than Just Pie

Aunt Vi, the matriarch of the family on Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar, knows her way around a kitchen. Not only can she cook, but she bakes a mean pie — a skill that becomes a side business. Aunt Vi's pies became like a character unto themselves. She's in sort of a second act in her life, finding love again after an abusive relationship. Dr. Tanisha Ford is an associate professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware — and a huge Queen Sugar fan. She says Aunt Vi's story line started her thinking about what pie making has meant for black women, and what it means for a woman like Aunt Vi in particular. She joins us this week to talk about how food is central to how we understand community, and how Queen Sugar uses food as a way to have deeper political conversations about capitalism and appropriation.

Strange Fruit #260: Sam Sanders Gives Us A Minute

A recent article called him "the most vocal queer, black voice on the radio." Sam Sanders has been a journalist with NPR since 2009, and he hosts the podcast It's Been a Minute. It's safe to say he has a lot in common with #TeamStrangeFruit. He joins us this week to talk about his work on the show, and authentically representing black and queer voice to an audience who is, largely, neither. We also chat with author Tiffany Tso about her recent essay, "Nail Salon Brawls & Boycotts: Unpacking The Black-Asian Conflict In America."

Strange Fruit #259: With Allies Like These...

Nobody's perfect--even people who are committed to social justice. But activist Leslie Mac has been noticing a pattern when mistakes are inevitably made by people who consider themselves allies. She recently described it in a piece on Medium: White person/organization/group ****s up royally. Usually by stepping out of their lane and commenting on someone or something they shouldn't or screwing over someone they claim to be in solidarity with . Public outrage is expressed, coupled with many Black Women giving detailed reasons why & how they ****ed up. The offending party claims they didn't "intend to offend" and appears unable to hear what anyone is saying to them. After receiving push back on their initial response, an "apology statement" centered on themselves is issued ("we never meant to harm anyone" "I would never do what I'm being accused of" "we are so sad about how this was received") while failing to take actual responsibility for their actions. When their meek, ineffective apology isn't accepted with open arms, they become the victim of "unfair treatment" & "bullying". They eventually — after a lot more free labor from Black Women — "learn" what they did wrong, declare themselves an expert on f******g up and recenter themselves as a way to "teach others" Do this same s*** all over again the next time they mess up. Leslie says it's not the fact that people make mistakes--it's the way they react when being called out on those mistakes that's problematic. She says when someone does something racist, sexist, etc., they shouldn't make their response and apology all about their own feelings. They should center the feelings of the people they harmed. Leslie joined us to tell us more, and give us her tips for how allies can get it right. We also talk to Amber Duke and Soha Saiyeed with the ACLU of Kentucky. Earlier this year, they traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for the opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (more commonly known as the Lynching Memorial). They share what it was like to visit the memorial, which features Kentucky prominently, because of the number of lynchings that happened here.

Strange Fruit #258: What's It Like To Answer Racist 911 Calls?

We've heard way too many Barbecue Becky and Permit Patty stories in the news lately. White people see black people selling lemonade, cooking on a grill, sitting in Starbucks, etc. They decide they shouldn't be doing whatever they're doing, and call 911. Usually someone starts taking a video, which eventually makes its way around the internet. What we don't get to see is what happens in the 911 dispatch center. What do the people who take those calls think about these frivolous calls? What do they tell the police about the situation? Rachel Herron was a 911 operator in Oakland, California, and she's written about how she had to respond to racist calls every day. Rachel joins us this week to tell us what happens on the other end of those calls. A lot of those frivolous calls are based on minor ordinances — so-called "quality of life laws" that dictate who can use public spaces and how. History professor Andrew Kahrl studies the history of segregation. He thinks of these laws as the North's version of Jim Crow. On this week's show, we chat with Andrew about how small laws and ordinances are weaponized against certain types of people (the laws often call them "non-residents" but you can probably guess what they most often look like).

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