"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.
"A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece"
Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut is an infectious, reflective memoir - a lyrical saga of surviving the crack-stricken streets of Baltimore in the '80s. Son of Vietnam vet and black awareness advocate Paul Coates - a poor man who set out to publish lost classics of black history - Ta-Nehisi drifts toward salvation at Howard University, while his ominous brother Big Bill finds his own rhythm hustling.
"Interesting glimpse into a life so unlike my own"
Tonight on the program, a conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and national correspondent for The Atlantic. His latest cover story reflects on the life and presidency of Barack Obama.
We conclude with Jim Steyer, the founding C.E.O. of Common Sense Media, and his brother Tom Steyer, president of NextGen Climate.
"Lies", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Head First", by Lauren Collins; "Who Knows Brooklyn?", by Ben McGrath; "Bench Press", by Jeffrey Toobin; "The Mask of Doom", by Ta-Nehisi Coates; "Attention, People of Earth", by Paul Simms; "Vermeer at the Met", by Peter Schjeldahl; and "Young Romantics", by David Denby
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