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  June 30, 2017

Rebecca Carroll: Writing as a way to figure things out

The columnist and author discusses how writing has been integral to her life after growing up as a black girl adopted by a white family.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Rebecca Carroll is special projects producer at WNYC and a critic whose work has been featured in the Guardian and the LA Times. Her books include Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America and Saving the Race: Conversations on Du Bois from a Collective Memoir of Souls. In their discussion, Carroll tells host Robert Scheer that her early childhood in New Hampshire was idyllic but changed with adolescence as she was alienated because of her race. Though Carroll’s biological parents were of different races, she refers to herself as black because that is how the world sees her. Carroll and Scheer discuss whether you can make an absolute distinction between race and class. And Carroll says that despite the ongoing racial struggle in the US, this is a great time for black writers and artists.

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