An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekend in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.
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Host Ira Glass introduces the show and goes straight to Act One.
Letter From America
Bim Adewunmi talks about the feeling of now. (10 minutes)
Producers Diane Wu and Lina Misitzis spend the night at a corner grocery store in Brooklyn, New York and talk to some of the people that pass by. (25 minutes)
Ira watches videos of police behavior at protests. The videos were pulled from a Twitter thread (and corresponding spreadsheet) created by T. Greg Doucette, who has collected more than 600 of them to date.
Then, a protest that wasn’t supposed to happen. An organizer with no experience organizing. Dana Chivvis tagged along on one demonstration in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (15 minutes)
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200
Writer Kimberly Jones provides context with a brief history of the American economy, told through a popular board game. (5 minutes)