Other Side Of The River Jacki speaks with author Alex Kotlowitz about his new book. Kotlowitz spent time exploring two towns in southern Michigan, Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph. They are geographically close, separated only by the St. Joseph River. But while St. Joseph is mostly white, prosperous and idyllic, Benton Harbor is mostly black, impoverished, and crumbling. When the body of a teenage boy from Benton Harbor was found floating in the river in 1991, Kotlowitz discovered that the two communities reached very different conclusions about how the boy died, which revealed deep suspicions, fears, and a vast racial divide. Kotlowitz says these two towns are an accurate portrait of race relations throughout America. (STATIONS - "The Other Side of the River" is published by Doubleday and should be in stores now.)
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Other Side Of The River

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Other Side Of The River

Other Side Of The River

Other Side Of The River

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Jacki speaks with author Alex Kotlowitz about his new book. Kotlowitz spent time exploring two towns in southern Michigan, Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph. They are geographically close, separated only by the St. Joseph River. But while St. Joseph is mostly white, prosperous and idyllic, Benton Harbor is mostly black, impoverished, and crumbling. When the body of a teenage boy from Benton Harbor was found floating in the river in 1991, Kotlowitz discovered that the two communities reached very different conclusions about how the boy died, which revealed deep suspicions, fears, and a vast racial divide. Kotlowitz says these two towns are an accurate portrait of race relations throughout America. (STATIONS - "The Other Side of the River" is published by Doubleday and should be in stores now.)