Papercuts welcomes BETH MACY, in conversation with WBUR’s LISA MULLINS, to discuss Macy’s bestselling book, Truevine, the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.
Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.
Beth Macy writes about outsiders and underdogs, and she is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Factory Man. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers and The Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard and the Lukas Prize from the Columbia School of Journalism. She lives in Roanoke, VA.
Lisa Mullins is an American public radio personality. She is the permanent weekday host for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered for its Boston affiliate WBUR, and guest host for NPR’s Here and Now and WBUR’s Radio Boston
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