Between the World and Me

Featuring Jody ArmourRaphael BosticWilliam Resh, and Danielle Williams

In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we’re continuing our conversation about race in America, with the book Toni Morrison calls “required reading.” Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is ostensibly a letter to his son about growing up a black male in America. This prize winning correspondent of The Atlantic tackles the very big questions of our time. How do we find a way to live in our country, with all its fraught history and its fraught present? How can he teach his son to be black in America? Coates sheds light on our brutal past, confronts our present with raw lyrical truth, and though our panelists disagree on this point, offers a way forward.

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Between the World and Me, Bedrosian Bookclub Podcast transcription

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Next Month …

What I Saw at the Revolution cover

Tune in next time for a discussion of What I Saw at the Revolution by Peggy Noonan. In a complete departure from the vein we’ve been travelling lately, we’re looking back at the Reagan White House with Noonan’s memoir.

Links to things we talk about:

Derrick Bell
Derrick Bell’s Space Traders
Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service, 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition
by Michael Lipsky
Prince George’s County, MD
Implicit Bias Test (unconscious bias)
Human brain recognizes and reacts to race, UTSC researchers discover
Racial Profiling
Connie Rice – Reforming the LAPD
Black Lives Matter

Of Further Interest:

The Slate Academy – The History of American Slavery


This podcast is produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Aubrey Hicks.