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Strange Fruit: Grassroots Activists Bring Juneteenth Festival Back to Louisville

March 29, 2015

This week we introduce you to a new member of the WFPL newsroom, politics reporter Ashley Lopez. Ashley joins us to talk about Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" act, Louisville's attempt to appeal to LGBT tourists, and a recent poll showing Kentucky's opposition to marriage equality. Read Story

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Louisville Ranks 11th Among Major U.S. Cities For LGBT Population, Gallup Poll Says

March 20, 2015

Louisville has the 11th highest rate of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a Gallup survey released Friday. Read Story

Strange Fruit: Fairness Updates from Frankfort and Bardstown

March 14, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly just wrapped up its 2015 session, and some LGBTQ-related bills were under consideration. Chris Hartman from the Fairness Campaign joins us this week to talk about the proposed legislation—and what bills passed, and what didn't. Read Story

Strange Fruit: Bisexual Visibility in a Non-Binary World

March 7, 2015

Earlier this year, Kate Brown made history by becoming the first openly bisexual governor ever to serve in the U.S. The Oregon governor was also the country’s first bisexual statewide officeholder. But just as President Obama's election doesn't mean we're post racial, Governor Brown's election doesn't mean bisexual people are welcomed with open arms. Read Story

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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

Judge Grants Divorce to Kentucky Same-Sex Couple

January 13, 2015

A judge in Kentucky has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple despite the fact the state doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. Read Story

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Supreme Court May Decide This Month Whether It Will Hear Kentucky’s Same-Sex Marriage Case

January 12, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide this month whether it will consider the same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky. 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