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Inside Messy Conversations About Race

One year ago today black motorist Philando Castile was fatally shot at the hands of a police officer. The aftermath of the incident was captured and broadcast in real-time by his girlfriend and fueled an ongoing conversation about racial tension and police violence in the United States. The event struck a particular chord with Kerra Bolton, a black writer and artist, who had witnessed the impact of police violence firsthand as a teenager.

Host Frank Stasio talks with writer and artist Kerra Bolton and scholar and writer A.J. Hartley about their project 'In Good Faith: Messy Conversations About Race in Black & White'.

Bolton began to speak out about her experience and encourage others in her life to share their own stories and take a stance. This sparked an ongoing conversation between Bolton and A.J. Hartley, a white male scholar and writer who she had recently met at a writing conference. The two began to correspond through email and video chat and eventually decided to formalize these messy, uncomfortable and thought-provoking conversations that covered race, gender, politics, writing and more. The two co-founded the project “In Good Faith: Messy Conversations About Race in Black & White” that aims to create a space fordialoguein which individuals must leave their silos and comfort zones.

Host Frank Stasiotalks with Bolton and Hartley about the origins and evolution of the project. They are in the process of raising money to publish an e-book and podcast series.

Kerra and A.J. skype as part of their ongoing conversations about race.
Image Couresty of Kerra Bolton /
Kerra and A.J. skype as part of their ongoing conversations about race.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.