FROM Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward: How racism haunts the present Jesmyn Ward sets her novels in small-town Mississippi, and uses that setting to explore how America’s racist past continues to burden its present. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is written primarily from the perspective of a mother and her biracial teenage son, who are haunted by ghosts from the family’s past.
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward on how racism haunts the present Author Jesmyn Ward is regularly called a modern William Faulkner. She sets her novels in small-town Mississippi, and uses that setting to explore how America’s racist past continues to burden its present. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” is on the shortlist for this year’s National Book Award. It’s written primarily from the perspective of a mother and her biracial teenage son, who are haunted by ghosts from the family’s past. Author Jesmyn Ward. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.
'Fire this Time' author speaks on race, latest police shootings Protests erupted Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina after police shot and killed a 43-year-old black man named Keith Lamont Scott. The officer who shot him was also black. Charlotte-Mecklenburg P olice Chief Kerr Putney said Wednesday that Scott was armed and posed a deadly threat. But at the scene, a woman who identified herself as Scott’s sister said he was reading a book and waiting for his son to be dropped off by the school bus. In Los Angeles, the Police Commission ruled this week that officers had violated deadly force rules in two separate shootings last year. The LAPD shot 36 people last year, killing 21 of them. Meanwhile in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher on Friday after the 40-year-old’s car had broken down in the middle of a two-lane highway. Tulsa police released helicopter and dash cam video of the shooting this week, which Police Chief Chuck Jordan called very disturbing and difficult to watch. Chief Jordan made a promise to his community that justice will be served; but many are skeptical because in cases like this, murder or manslaughter convictions are rare. Press Play spoke with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward about the latest police shootings. Ward’s new book, “The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race,” was inspired, in part, by the killing of unarmed black men and women by police.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.