My Racist Friend
Episode 3.11: Making Room for Cognitive Dissonance

Episode 3.11: Making Room for Cognitive Dissonance

March 30, 2021

This week, Amy and Don welcome Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew into their conversation. Dr. Booker-Drew is the Vice President of Community Affairs & Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas and shares some of her experiences and insights working with the non-profit community.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this season.

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Episode 3.10: Mission Drift

Episode 3.10: Mission Drift

March 25, 2021

Prompted by announcements of a price increase for water services and a home-buying incentive to attract new police officers, Amy and Don discuss the complexities of government funding and the mission of policing, sharing some stories of encounters where police were called.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this season.

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Episode 3.09: Fighting Time

Episode 3.09: Fighting Time

March 17, 2021

Don and Amy welcome back Dr. Amy Banks, who brings her co-author, Isaac Knapper, to discuss their upcoming book, "Fighting Time"—a story of their 36-year journey from murder to meeting. Dr. Banks' father, Ronald, was shot and killed on April 29, 1979, as he left the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Orleans. Isaac, who along with Amy was 16 at the time, was wrongfully convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She and her younger sister, Nancy, traveled to meet and ultimately befriend Isaac in 2015.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this season.

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Episode 3.08: Mr. Griffin Goes to Morton Street

Episode 3.08: Mr. Griffin Goes to Morton Street

March 9, 2021

Don confirms his good news about a role change that will have him playing a large role in bridging and resolving issues within the Bloomington community. Amy shares her joy for Don as he takes on a new challenge, as well as apprehensions about increased criticism. Also included are some brief discussion of "Coming to America" and poet Amanda Gorman being followed home.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this episode.

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