My Racist Friend
Episode 2.22: Living in Lovecraft Country

Episode 2.22: Living in Lovecraft Country

August 30, 2020

Don and Amy discuss the impact of the new HBO series 'Lovecraft Country' (while trying to avoid any spoilers) and how it relates to the local and national stress surrounding race in America. Don shares an experience near his home confronting a group protesting the Bloomington mayor in support of law enforcement, and how his courage to challenge racist narratives online is impacting his business.

NOTE: This is the second episode of the pandemic where these two friends were in the same physical space, this time out amongst tree trimmers, construction, and the prelude to 2021's return of the cicadas. As a result, there is a lot of background noise throughout their discussions.

 

Additional resources:

Buy "Your Racist Friend" by They Might Be Giants on iTunes

Episode 2.21: To Live and Die in Pixie

Episode 2.21: To Live and Die in Pixie

August 22, 2020

Amy and Don talk about a neighborhood petition to rename "Dixie Street" in Bloomington, reflecting on both small meaningful actions and empty gestures. Their conversation covers the presence and suggestion of racism in the songs we sing and the media we watch. 

NOTE: This is the first episode of the pandemic where these two friends were in the same physical space. As a result, there is a lot of background noise throughout their discussions.

 

Additional resources:

Buy "Your Racist Friend" by They Might Be Giants on iTunes

Episode 2.20: Half-Pint Grunge Is Your Target Market

Episode 2.20: Half-Pint Grunge Is Your Target Market

August 3, 2020

Prompted by a recent essay calling for an end to using the pejorative 'Karen', Amy wrestles with how sexism interferes and overlaps with anti-racism work. She and Don discuss how they participate in the systems they want to change—even while they are being hurt—and the importance of being authentic in a world that values power.

 

Additional resources:

Buy "Your Racist Friend" by They Might Be Giants on iTunes

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