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716: Trail of Tears

716: Trail of Tears

Update: 2020-09-0670
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For the holiday weekend, a roadtrip through history. In this moment when Americans are tearing down monuments and rethinking how to address the shameful parts of America’s past, we return to a story from the early days of our radio show that took that on, in a vivid and complicated way. Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy headed out on the road to retrace the Trail of Tears – the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land – and reflected on the question, what are we supposed to do with the mix of good and bad that is this country?
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Paul

loved it. Really insightful, with great writing.

Nov 17th
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Arnobram

trigger warnings when calling a dark haired brown eyed person "injun", but none when calling a blonde haired blue eyes person "Swede"...stahp with this garbage.

Sep 29th
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Jonathan Dona

Amazing episode. I'm really glad they did this re-run

Sep 10th
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716: Trail of Tears

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