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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Strange Fruit
12:24 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Strange Fruit: Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism

Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less funny, and camp can be a scary place if you've been singled out as different. 

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Strange Fruit
12:42 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Strange Fruit: The Zimmerman Verdict

It's been a week since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. Most of us have spent this week reflecting, arguing, thinking, protesting, writing, organizing, praying, and unfriending people on social media.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Strange Fruit: Black Gay Southern Men, Podcast Crossovers, Afro-Puffs & (of course) Paula Deen

This week we're joined by Linda Golden and Melissa Chipman from the Louisville Not Kentucky podcast! They interviewed us for an upcoming episode of their show, so we invited them to sit in for Juicy Fruit this week.
 

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Strange Fruit
12:23 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Strange Fruit: ACLU Says African Americans Disproportionately Arrested for Marijuana Possession

A report by the ACLU this week confirmed what many of us already suspected: Although marijuana usage is similar between black and white folks, black people are more likely to be arrested for possession (in some counties, much more likely). 

In the nation as a whole, black people are, on average, 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for pot than white people. Zoom in to Kentucky, and you're six times more likely to be arrested for possession if you're a person of color (Kentucky's disparity is among the largest; only four states and the District of Columbia were worse).

To help make sense of these numbers, we spoke this week with Amber Duke from the Kentucky ACLU. She says the disparity largely has to do with larger police presence in certain parts of town - usually African-American neighborhoods. So although crime rates may be similar, there are more cops around to see them.

Plus, when someone is found with a small amount of marijuana, it's up to the officer's discretion whether to issue a citation or take the person to jail. Any time you have discretion of this kind, officers' own prejudices can come into play.

Given the staggering amount of resources we pour into the "war" on marijuana (Kentucky spent $19.5 million in 2010 on marijuana enforcement) it's fair to wonder whether this is money well spent or money spent on racially biased law enforcement activity. 

Also this week on our Juicy Fruit segment, we talked about the heckler and Michelle Obama, and why a white lady was so "taken aback" when the first lady politely but firmly asked her to stop yelling while Mrs. Obama tried to give a speech at a fundraiser about children. 

And we learned about Louisville's first-ever Derby City Black Pride Weekend, going on this weekend, and co-founded by our very own Jaison Gardner!

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Strange Fruit
11:30 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Strange Fruit: Urmi Basu of New Light India; Kaitlyn Hunt, Statutory Rape & Queer Relationships

Credit New Light India

  

Activism runs in Urmi Basu's family; her grandfather was a doctor who set up a school for dalit  children (India's untouchable caste) in his own home. Urmi says her family "always challenged everything that's traditional in India."

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