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One Professor's "Journey to the Bottom of the n-Word"

Mar 9, 2016

In his new documentary, Connecticut journalism professor and newspaper columnist Frank Harris III spotlights what is unarguably one of the most controversial words in America: the n-word.

It’s been news in South Windsor, where some parents got upset about their kids reading a book of accounts from North Carolina slaves. Parents thought the school should have warned them about the language.  

This hour, we take a closer look at the n-word, and learn about the its deep and complex history here in the United States.

GUESTS: 

  • Frank Harris III - Journalism Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, Hartford Courant Columnist
  • James Golden - Director of Education at the Mark Twain House and Museum 

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Lydia Brown, John Dankosky, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.