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Strange Fruit: Portland Poetry Series to Feature LGBTQ Poets in June

May 23, 2015

The Portland Poetry Series will focus on LGBTQ poets at their June event, in honor of Pride Month. Co-producer Eli Keel joins us this week, along with poet and writer Adriena Dame, who will read at the event. The series happens in the Tim Faulkner Gallery, once a month, and has been going strong since last December. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Funding Feminist Art in Kentucky

May 9, 2015

It's Mother's Day, and we're celebrating by talking with Bunmi Laditan, mother of three, and creator of the @HonestToddler Twitter account. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Baltimore Rising, Black Jockeys in the Derby, and Unlearning Childhood Racism

May 2, 2015

This week, we also spoke with author Jim Grimsley about his memoir, "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood." Read Story

Strange Fruit: Juicy Fruit News Round-Up

April 25, 2015

There's a lot going on out there, Fruitcakes, so this week, we give you a whole episode of Juicy Fruit, with special guest co-host, actress, Alexandria Sweatt. Read Story

Strange Fruit: Family Guy’s Kirker Butler says ‘Nothing is Off Limits’

April 20, 2015

Comedy writer Kirker Butler has written for "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show," but his most recent work is a satirical novel called “Pretty Ugly,” about a Southern family whose child is involved in beauty pageants. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: David Sedaris on Unwelcome Duck Tongues and Accidental Activism

April 4, 2015

This week we listen back to our 2013 chat with Sedaris, from when he'd just released his book, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls." Read Story

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis Monday, calling for the state house to roll back the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Indiana Governor Stands By ‘Religious Freedom’ Law But Promises Fix

March 31, 2015

A new Indiana law that has set off a firestorm of criticism and threats of boycotts should be repealed or revised, says Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law has drawn protests from critics who say it allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Read Story

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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