This episode was originally broadcast on June 16, 2016.
History isn’t static—it’s the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who’s doing the telling. On this episode, we explore what it means to tell your own history in three different ways. Iranian-American comedian Negin Farsad talks with us being a super patriotic teen and her new book, How to Make White People Laugh. Then, writer Jessica Machado discusses the life and music of blueswoman Bessie Smith, who told her own story in song in the 1920s and 30s. Finally, we call up brilliant scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to dig into her work, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Listen in!
INTERVIEW WITH NEGIN FARSAD:
THE LEGACY OF BLUESWOMAN BESSIE SMITH:
INTERVIEW WITH ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ:
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