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Who’s Ready For Really Honest Conversations About Race?

Writer and Emory University professor Jim Grimsley has been one of the most important Southern literary voices of our generation since the publication of novels like “Winter Birds” and “Dream Boy.” Grimsley’s latest book, “How I Shed My Skin,” is a memoir that speaks with brutal honesty about realizing he was raised to think as a racist and how he worked to move past his biases. He joins host Celeste Headlee to talk about lessons learned from a racist upbringing and his personal mission to help white people address their own prejudices. Also joining the conversation is panel of guests who all write and think about race and reconciliation: Tanner Colby, author of “Some of My Best Friends are Black,” Cynthia Brown of Dismantling Racism Works and Athena’s Warehouse executive director Bee Nguyen.

Full Show - April 15, 2015




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Tybee Island is home to one of the country’s biggest black college spring break festivals. Orange Crush draws young African-American men and women to the predominately white island every year – along with plenty of controversy about illegal, disruptive activities. WSAV anchor and reporter Andrew Davis joins host Celeste Headlee to talk about what the event means to Tybee Island and that fact that this year, it’s bigger than ever.



Writer and Emory University professor Jim Grimsley has been one of the most important Southern literary voices of our generation since the publication of novels like “Winter Birds” and “Dream Boy.” Grimsley’s latest book, “How I Shed My Skin,” is a memoir that speaks with brutal honesty about realizing he was raised to think as a racist and how he worked to move past his biases. He joins host Celeste Headlee to talk about lessons learned from a racist upbringing and his personal mission to help white people address their own prejudices. Also joining the conversation is panel of guests who all write and think about race and reconciliation: Tanner Colby, author of “Some of My Best Friends are Black,” Cynthia Brown of Dismantling Racism Works and Athena’s Warehouse executive director Bee Nguyen.