Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

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

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Strange Fruit: Author Frederick Smith’s New Novel Examines Secrets and Intersecting Identities

February 14, 2015

Author Frederick Smith knew he wanted to be a writer since he was a little boy, watching soap operas in Detroit. But folks around him didn't necessarily see him as the writer type. "I had friends say, 'Black boys from Detroit don't write soap operas--we go to work at the auto plant like our dads did.'" Read Story

Strange Fruit: TV That Shatters Stereotypes (and Porn that Reinforces Them)

February 7, 2015

Hot Topics this week: Race dynamics in gay porn, Ghostbusters reboot, Mary Cheney compares drag to blackface, and the unparalleled success of TV's "Empire" Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Writer Janet Mock Redefines Realness in Transgender Activism

January 24, 2015

Writer and trans activist Janet Mock is one of the most recognizable faces in trans activism. "People often say that I'm a role model," she says. "I feel like I'm a real model. Like, there's a real model of how you can do it. I'm existing. I'm out in the world. I'm still discovering who I am. I'm not playing a role. I'm being real. This is my life." She talks about her life & work on this week's Strange Fruit. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Darnell Moore Says, in Advocacy, the ‘Work Finds You’

January 17, 2015

Writer and activist Darnell Moore on his wide-ranging scholarship and activism, and why he was drawn to do the work he does. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: ‘The Brother Size’ Examines Freedom and Tradition at Actors Theatre

January 10, 2015

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney talks about his play "The Brothers Size," running now through February 1 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Read Story

100th Episode!

Happy 100th Episode to Strange Fruit!

January 3, 2015

It’s our 100th episode! We’re celebrating this week by looking back at our humble beginnings, and ahead to the future. This week you’ll learn about some of the show titles we considered instead of Strange Fruit, take listener questions, and … Read Story

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Strange Fruit: How Cabbage Patch Settlement House Helps Louisville’s At-Risk Kids

December 29, 2014

Strange Fruit learns about Louisville's Cabbage Patch Settlement House and their work with at-risk kids. In Juicy Fruit, we discuss the backlash against reality show Sorority Sisters, and a spoof song about the death of Michael Brown. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Going Home Gay for the Holidays

December 20, 2014

Advice for LGBTQ folks on coping with the holidays with families who aren't supportive. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Yasssss! 2014 Words of the Year on Fleek

December 14, 2014

The end of 2014 is upon us, and that means every outlet is publishing best-of lists. We weren’t too impressed with the Wall Street Journal’s Best Pop Culture Moments last week, but one list we can get behind is the American Dialect … Read Story