Jesmyn Ward had a very tight schedule, but we managed to squeeze in a 40 minute conversation when she was in New York to discuss her stunning new memoir, Men We Reaped. As a bonus, Jesmyn’s extremely adorable one year old daughter also joined us for the first ten minutes of this show (and proved unexpectedly loquacious). But this didn’t stop us from approaching a wide range of issues. In the aftermath of Trayvon Martin, why do so many young black men continue to die? We talk about how stories can get people to care, the Mississippi environment, grief, enduring racism, defending yourself, and why, in the face of a government shutdown, people care more about baby pandas than people who need real help.

Jesmyn Ward had a very tight schedule, but we managed to squeeze in a 40 minute conversation when she was in New York to discuss her stunning new memoir, Men We Reaped. As a bonus, Jesmyn’s extremely adorable one year old daughter also joined us for the first ten minutes of this show (and proved unexpectedly loquacious). But this didn’t stop us from approaching a wide range of issues. In the aftermath of Trayvon Martin, why do so many young black men continue to die? We talk about how stories can get people to care, the Mississippi environment, grief, enduring racism, defending yourself, and why, in the face of a government shutdown, people care more about baby pandas than people who need real help.

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