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Finally, A Book She's Allowed To Talk About

As a professional ghostwriter, Autumn Karen is usually forbidden to discuss her projects or her behind-the-scenes role in creating them. But the author of a recently-published book insisted that her name grace the cover along with his. “Mississippi Still Burning: From Hoods to Suits” (One Human Race Inc./2018) is James Stern’s incredible true story of being a black man incarcerated with Edgar Ray Killen, an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and the man convicted of the 1964 triple-homicide of three civil rights activitsts. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with ghostwriter Autumn Karen about the book she finally got to put her name on, ' Mississippi Still Burning: From Hoods to Suits,'

It weaves in the history of race relations in America with the story of two diametrically-opposed cellmates who built trust and openness with each other. Host Frank Stasio talks with ghostwriter Autumn Karen about finally getting to put her name on a book with such an important historical narrative.  

The gravestone of James Chaney, killed at the direction of Edgar Ray Killen for his civil rights work in Mississippi in 1964.
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The gravestone of James Chaney, killed at the direction of Edgar Ray Killen for his civil rights work in Mississippi in 1964.

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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.
Jennifer Brookland is a temporary producer for The State of Things.