Strange Fruit

A new episode is posted every Saturday.
Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner

Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner host this weekly podcast of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life.  

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Local News
5:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

How Louisville's Local 236 Fought for Racial Integration in the 1950s

International Harvester Co. assembly line and press, 1948
Credit Royal Photo Company Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archive, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Labor historian Toni Gilpin will make two appearances in Louisville Tuesday to tell the little-known story of a local  labor union that was ahead of its time.

A local chapter of the United Farm Machinery workers organized at Louisville's International Harvester plant in the late 1940s, and began advocating for racial equality both inside and outside of the plant. Their efforts would lead to an entire factory of mostly white workers walking off the job to protest the unfair treatment of their African American colleagues.

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Podcast
7:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Strange Fruit: Journalist Chris Tomlinson Explores His Family’s Relationship with Slavery

There are black people in town who have the same last name as me, and I never thought about why that might be. 

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Strange Fruit: Nick Bowser on Transgender Parenthood; Plus, a Cosmetic Solution to Date Rape?

In many ways, Nick and Bianca Bowser are very typical parents. They have two children; Kai is 3 and Pax is 1. "We are exhausted all the time," Nick laughs. "We both work at a bar, so we both work at night, so there's very little sleep."

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland

Credit Jen Lemen

Last week we were invited by the Muhammad Ali Center to host a talkback panel after a screening of "The New Black," a film looking at how LGBTQ activism, the black church, homophobia, and queer people of color affected the fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

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Strange Fruit
2:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA

Credit Meg Caudill

Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of friend-to-the-show Brian Lee West.

Brian has spoken to us before about his theater work, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.

In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by a little horse race), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, was recorded telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to post pictures of herself with black people on social media, and not to bring black people to his games. Not only is this obviously racist, it's also pretty irrational; Donald Sterling's girlfriend is half African American, half Latina, and the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Including all but two of the players on his own team's roster. And their coach.

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Strange Fruit
5:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville

Credit Cirque du Soleil

 

For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.

"When I found out MJ died, Jai was with me in the car, and I pulled the car over at a gas station and I started bawling, crying. And he thought my dad had died," Dr. Story says. "Michael Jackson was very symbolic to me of my childhood - listening to his music with my dad when I was a little girl, and I just didn't expect him to die like that."

When we heard Cirque du Soleil had put together a stage production based on the King of Pop's music and dance, we wanted to find out more. So this week we spoke to Laura Silverman who does publicity for the group about how the show came together, and the challenges of bringing such a legendary life to the stage. The show will be at the KFC Yum Center on April 25th and 26th.

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Strange Fruit
1:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville

Djuan Trent as Miss Kentucky in 2010 & Today
Credit misskentuckypageant.com & 2life7.blogspot.com

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