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Jaison Gardner and Dr. Kaila Story talk race, gender, and LGBTQ issues, from politics to pop culture. A new episode every week, from Louisville Public Media.

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The 'Jim Crow Mentality' Of Social Media Trolls

November 10th, 2020


Between growing public interest in the racial justice movement, a polarizing political landscape and folks trapped indoors for nearly nine months …

Why Body Positivity Must Include Black Bodies

October 23rd, 2020


The body positivity movement has been extremely important in combatting our country's fatphobia and teaching us all to love our bodies just as they are. Kelsey Miller, founder of "The Anti-Diet Project," is this week's …

Using Light-Skin Privilege To Disrupt An Unjust System

October 14th, 2020


This week writer Leigh Green discusses her compelling op-ed, "White Supremacy in Me: Light-skinned and part of the problem," where she acknowledges the privileges associated with her skin tone, and challenges other …

Strength, Survival, And Black Families

September 29th, 2020


Nefertiti Austin was adopted by her grandparents when she was a kid because her parents struggled with addiction. She joins us this week, as a single parent of two adopted children, to discuss her book, "Motherhood So …

What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption

September 22nd, 2020


Abby Johnson, the anti-abortion activist who recently spoke at the Republican National Convention, found herself at the center of controversy after a video of her went viral. In it, she said her adopted Black son was …

'Kitchen Table Wisdom' For And From Gay Men

September 19th, 2020


Navigating life as gay man in a homophobic and heteronormative society can be emotionally and spiritually taxing. This week author Britt East joins …

Interracial Household Dynamics In 2020

September 11th, 2020


As a historian of environmental justice and African American history, writer Faith Ashmore –- who is a white woman in an interracial marriage -– says she possesses the academic and intellectual knowledge to contribute …

Young Adult Fiction Author Arvin Ahmadi

September 3rd, 2020


Young Adult (YA) fiction is a literary tradition that has largely lacked diversity when it comes to the race and sexuality of its main characters.

'The Chi' Star Jasmine Davis

August 26th, 2020


Lena Waithe’s dramatic television series "The Chi" has garnered a strong following and has received critical praise since premiering on the Showtime …

In Praise Of Quiet Allies

August 19th, 2020


The word "ally" is frequently heard in the fight for racial justice, usually used by a white person seeking to declare just how "not racist" they are. This week, our guest Bridgette L. Hylton joins us to explain why she …

'Performing Black Harmlessness' Isn't Worth It

August 13th, 2020


Educator and writer Rodney Fierce thought that performing a type of muted Blackness would shield him from the usual pitfall and roadblocks of …

Interrupting Our Own Unconscious Biases

August 3rd, 2020


This week we're joined by Chad Anderson, co-director of the new documentary “Dog Valley,” which details the largely unknown story of the brutal …

Loving Black People, Loving Black History

July 29th, 2020


This week Jarvis Houston, the US spokesperson of tech startup I Love Black People joins us to discuss how the app helps Black people find businesses, accommodations and other services that are Black owned and the safest …

Live Streaming The Revolution

July 15th, 2020


This week we return to coverage of the protests and uprisings that are still happening in Louisville in response to the police killings of Breonna …

The Role Of New Media In Protest Coverage

July 7th, 2020


Recent uprisings around the country have made it clear to many citizens the importance of new media and amateur journalists in ensuring that folks to …

Celebrating Pride Online

June 25th, 2020


With Pride festivals across the country being rescheduled or cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak, LGBTQ folks are finding inventive ways to …

Breaking Stereotypes One Storybook At A Time

June 16th, 2020


Kamen Edwards, author of "The One and Only Dylan St. Claire"

How The #FeedTheWest Initiative Is Responding To Unrest In Louisville

June 10th, 2020

Taylor Ryan of Change Today, Change Tomorrow joins us this week to spotlight #FeedTheWest, an initiative which provides food and educational resources to African Americans in west Louisville affected by food deserts. …

How Black Moderates Are Complicit In White Supremacy

June 5th, 2020


This week we continue discussing the high profile killing of 26-year-old ER technician Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers. We are joined by …

The Death Of Breonna Taylor

May 28th, 2020


The March 13 shooting death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police Department officers has gained national attention in recent …

Microaggressions On The Job

May 21st, 2020


Because racist microaggressions can be unsettling, oppressive and emotionally exhausting, especially when they happen in the workplace. Accordingly, …

Mass Incarceration And The Children Left Behind

May 14th, 2020


This week we discuss the prison industrial complex and the far reaching impact mass incarceration has on the families, children and loved ones left behind by those who are behind bars. Journalist and author Sylvia A. …

Finding Black Joy During A Global Pandemic

May 7th, 2020

This week we're joined again by activist Amber Butts of Black Youth Project to discuss the innovative ways Black folks are finding joy and creating …

You Talk Like A White Boy

April 29th, 2020


This week we chat with sketch comedian and writer Brandon Anderson who explores the confusion of being Black but told, "you talk like a white boy."

A Love Letter To Natural Hair

April 20th, 2020

This week, social justice filmmaker and author St. Clair Detrick-Jules joins us to discuss her new book "Dear Khloe: Love Letters to my Little …

Living Fully And Dying Wisely

April 17th, 2020


With recent reports that Black Americans are being disproportionately infected with and dying from COVID-19, on this week's show we reflect on the health and lives of ourselves, our loved ones, and our entire …

What Is Kwanzaa Crawl?

April 7th, 2020

This week we talk with Kerry Coddett & Krystal Stark of Kwanzaa Crawl, an annual bar crawl for Black-owned businesses in Brooklyn and Harlem that covers 30 bars. Founded in 2016, Kwanzaa Crawl host over 8,000 …

The Day My Mother Yelled Don't Shoot

March 31st, 2020

This week we talk with writer and poet Miguel Machado about his compelling and vulnerable essay, "The Day My Mother Yelled Don’t Shoot," in which he …

Playwright And Poet Idris Goodwin

March 24th, 2020

This week we talk with award-winning playwright and poet Idris Goodwin, who was recently named Director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at …

Strange Fruit For Strange Times

March 18th, 2020

Things may be shutting down and folks my be staying in because of COVID-19, but this new episode of Strange Fruit will help pass the time as you …

Actors Theatre Leader Robert Barry Fleming

March 10th, 2020

This week we're joined in the studio by Robert Barry Fleming, the newest Executive Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville. We chat about his robust career in theater and film and Fleming shares his commitment …

Let's Stay Together (But Sleep Apart)

March 3rd, 2020

We can all agree that a good night's rest is important to productivity, happiness and overall health. But have married and partnered couples been doing it wrong? This week writer Angela Lashbrook joins us to discuss the …

Teaching Black Students Within Racist School Systems

February 25th, 2020

Our celebration of Black History Month continues and we begin by speaking with Baltimore-area educator Brittany Willis about the perilous plight of Black youth in the American education system - and how she came to …

Black Women And Girls Slayed The Decade

February 18th, 2020


This week, we recognize Black History Month by reviewing all the ways Black women and girls have been dominating the last decade in fields including …

Polyamory Isn't Just For White People

February 12th, 2020


This week we’re joined by writer and social media manager Sarah Thomas. In a recent think piece for Black Youth Project, Thomas says that despite …

Why Colorblind Doesn't Cut It In Corporate America

February 4th, 2020


As a Puerto Rican woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community, architect and design professional Yiselle Santos Rivera has always been drawn to firms and companies that advocate diversity. This week she joins us to discuss …

Confessions Of A White Liberal

January 28th, 2020


This week Shya Scanlon, a self-described white liberal who penned the essay “I, Racist: Confessions of a White Liberal,” tells us how and why he began the hard work of acknowledging and unlearning the racist ideas he …

Non-Binary Motherhood

January 24th, 2020


Washington Post reporter Samantha Schmidt followed Braiden Schirtzinger, a non-binary person, through their pregnancy and early motherhood. Schmidt …

The Magical Queer Love Interest Of Color In Fiction

January 14th, 2020


This week on the show: Ashia Monet on queer love Interests of color and the white gaze (

'You're Pretty, For A ______ Girl'

December 24th, 2019


We’ve all heard the childhood rhyme about sticks and stones breaking bones, but in reality the seemingly-innocuous words and phrases we use to describe one another can hurt. Words can affect on our sense of self-worth …

Who Gets A Redemption Story In America?

December 17th, 2019


From Paula Deen, to Brock Turner, to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, we live in a society that allows many white people who commit racist, violent …

Practical Magic for Patriarchal Times

December 10th, 2019


Have you ever just wished that you could wave a wand and all of the oppression, injustices and traumas in the world would just disappear, like magic? …

The Importance Of Telling LGBTQ+ Stories

December 3rd, 2019


Telling the histories and lived experiences of Black LGBTQ+ people is beneficial not only for the future generations who hear or read these stories, but is vital to our own survival as well.

This week, professor and …

You Might Not Be Racist, But Are You Antiracist?

November 26th, 2019


Lots of folks may consider themselves to be “not racist” -- a sort of personal, private declaration -- but is that enough in these volatile …

What's It Like To Be An Abortion Call Center Operator?

November 20th, 2019


Abortion remains a hot button issue in these political times, as some states race to restrict or ban abortion, while others race to protect it. In …

Swimming While Muslim

November 12th, 2019


This week we talk to Rowaida Abdelaziz about her essay, "When Swimming As A Muslim Becomes A Political Act."

And UofL student activist Finn DePriest …

When You Work Twice As Hard But Still Feel Like An Impostor

November 5th, 2019


In 1978 a landmark study revealed that many accomplished and highly ambitious women suffered from a psychological condition coined impostor syndrome: …

Silence, And The Power Of Breaking It

October 29th, 2019


This week we talk with Mathangi Subramanian about her family, her work, and her recent essay, "The Day My Outrage Went Viral: Racist attitudes against my Brown daughter energized me to raise my voice." (Read it here:

How Pastors Police Black Women's Bodies

October 18th, 2019


We talk this week with Emma Akpan about how certain Black religious institutions expect Black women to conform to white supremacist ideals -- especially when it comes to sexuality, motherhood and family structures. She …

Experiencing Race Outside The Black & White Binary

October 13th, 2019


Most often in America, when we talk about issues of race, racial tensions, and racialized politics, it's within a Black and white paradigm. But what …

Strange Fruit: The Case Against Whuppings

October 7th, 2019


Corporal punishment describes using physical punishment intended to cause pain as a means of discipline. The most common version of this practice …

We Stan (And Interview) Legendary Filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk

September 29th, 2019

Director, screenwriter, and producer Patrik-Ian Polk has been creating phenomenal Black LGBTQ content for film and television audiences for nearly …

Some Of Her Best Friends Are Straight...

September 22nd, 2019


Lambda Award-winning writer and activist Michelle Tea has always considered herself “radical queer,” – those outside-of-the-mainstream LGBTQ folks …

Forming Intergenerational Friendships In the Queer Community

September 15th, 2019


What are some of the barriers that prevent intergenerational bonding and mentorship among LGBTQ people? What are some of the factors that hold us …

Strange Fruit: The Intersection Of Race And Family Dynamics

September 6th, 2019


Conversations about the intersections of identify can be awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes emotionally exhausting -- especially when discussing race and gender. And especially when these conversations have to happen …

Strange Fruit: Black & Queer Stories In Fashion News

August 30th, 2019


From its practical and everyday uses, to Black celebrities and fashion icons donning it on red carpets, the durag is finally getting its just due. Fashion & beauty editor Jamé Jackson of joins us …

The Segregated History Of Our Summertime Spaces

August 25th, 2019


The official end of summer and LGBTQ pride season is fast approaching, but there’s still time to have some fun at some events in the region.

Now in its third year, OUTLOUD Musical Festival in Nashville features 14 LGBTQ+ …

Black Queer Comics Lead the Way At Midwest Queer Comedy Fest

August 17th, 2019


As the host of Strange Fruit we’ve often wondered why pants made for men have plenty of pockets while most pants designed for women are pocketless. This week we discuss about the problematics of the gender binary when …

Is The South A Safe Place For LGBTQ People?

August 10th, 2019


This week we’re joined by writer and reproductive justice activist Quita Tinsley. In her recent piece "Why I Refuse To Leave the South as a …

Tarell Alvin McCraney, And Black Art For Black People

August 4th, 2019


This week we’re joined by Tarell Alvin McCraney, chair of play writing at the Yale School of Drama, 2013 recipient of a MacArthur Fellows …

The Bar Is A Traditional LGBTQ Safe Space. But What If You Don't Drink?

July 28th, 2019


Sober spaces for LGBTQ folks to socialize are on the rise. With many of them facing social stigma, discrimination, harassment and violence, …

Mental Health Help For Students and Activists

July 21st, 2019


In recognition of Minority Mental Health Month, we continue examining issues affecting African Americans and their mental well-being – or …

Mental Health Matters

July 15th, 2019


Because July is Minority Mental Health Month, we’re dedicating this entire episode to discussing the mental health and wellness of black …

#MeToo Means Men, Too

July 7th, 2019


Social movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp have brought greater attention to the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault. These …

The Decline And Resurgence Of Black Farmers

June 29th, 2019


In 1920, black farmers in this country owned some 15.6 million acres of land, but by 1999 that number had fallen to 2 million.  In 1910, there were nearly one million black farmers in America. In the year 1999, …

How Aunts Are The Unsung Heroes Of Black Families

June 23rd, 2019


Mothering within Black communities can take many forms. Dr. Patricia Hill-Collins coined the term “other mother” to describe a woman who …

How The Kentuckiana Pride Festival Can Be More Inclusive

June 14th, 2019


In the US, June is recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month. Celebrations and festivities are held throughout the month to commemorate the rebellion that began at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, and to celebrate the …

Strange Fruit: Mothering While Black

June 7th, 2019


While becoming a mother is often a wondrous, exciting and joyous endeavor, it can also be wrought with anxiety, fear and even danger for many black women.

We begin this week by speaking with author Dani McClain …

Marginalized Groups Need Spaces Just For Us

May 31st, 2019


But it's not uncommon that once these social safe havens are created and made public, organizers and attendees are met with the inevitable barrage of interrogations and accusations regarding such spaces:

"Why …

How Much Privacy Should We Give Our Kids?

May 24th, 2019


Welcome to a new season of Strange Fruit!

In her essay “'Children do not deserve privacy,' and other abusive myths masked as good parenting," Oakland-based writer and educator Amber Butts examines the …

Black Southerners And The Eviction Crisis

March 3rd, 2019


Affordable and stable housing has long been a precarious and stressful pursuit for many Americans. Housing costs across the country have …

Life After Conversion Therapy

February 22nd, 2019


The 2018 film "Boy Erased" brought conversion therapy to the attention of many film goers.

Sometimes referred to as reparative therapy or ex-gay therapy, conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of …

Why Ellen Was The Wrong Person To Pardon Kevin Hart

February 17th, 2019


With the 91st Academy Awards just weeks away, we decided to have one last conversation about former would-be Oscars host Kevin Hart, his

'The Green Book' Comes To The Louisville Stage

February 10th, 2019


Studies have shown that black students learn better in school environments where their cultural identities are reflected by the school’s …

TV, Tech, And Trans Visibility With 'Pose' Star Angelica Ross

February 1st, 2019


This week, filmmaker Billy Cliff joins us to discuss His new film, A Long Road To Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years, which spotlights milestone moments in LGBTQ history through never-before-seen …

'Pipeline' Actors On Bringing Black Lives To The Stage

January 26th, 2019


Monosexism is a belief that monosexuality (being straight or gay) is superior to bisexuality or other non-monosexual orientations. It's often paired with biphobia, and both are still pervasive within, and …

Strange Fruit: Your Auntie’s Vintage Fur Is More Than Just A Coat

January 18th, 2019


For many African Americans, style has never been simply about keeping up with the latest trends or adhering to what one would consider chic. …

Strange Fruit #276: Happy Birthday, Kaila!

January 11th, 2019


In his recent The New York Times essay, “I Cross My Legs. Does That Make Me Less of a Man?” novelist Brian Keith Jackson reflects on his …

Strange Fruit #275: How The Jezebel Trope Hurts Us All

January 4th, 2019


We’re joined this week by Dr. Tamura Lomax, independent scholar and the co-founder and CEO of the online feminist and anti-racist …

Strange Fruit: Comic Sampson McCormick On Breaking Barriers

December 24th, 2018


Our featured guest this week is black gay stand-up comic Sampson McCormick, who’s headlined such venues as the historic Howard Theater, …

Strange Fruit #273: Are You A Transgender Ally Even When It's Not Easy?

December 14th, 2018


As a cisgender person, you might pride yourself on your transgender wokeness. Your email signature includes your PGP (Personal Gender Pronoun), you address groups of people as “y’all” instead of “guys “or …

Strange Fruit #272: 'Why Is My Wheelchair A Negative?'

December 7th, 2018


In the 5th grade, Ola Ojewumi was diagnosed with a heart condition that made it difficult for her heart to properly pump blood throughout …

Strange Fruit #271: Looking Forward On World AIDS Day

November 30th, 2018


To us, World AIDS Day is a day to commemorate those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, uplift those who are living with the virus, and a reminder for us to fight like hell together to end both the stigma and the epidemic.

Strange Fruit #270: Flamin' Hot Cheetos And Menthol Smokes

November 25th, 2018


Happy Belated Turkey Day! We’re keeping it light this week with a full episode of Juicy Fruit, featuring a hodgepodge of hot topics. Did the

Strange Fruit #269: When Your Moms Are White (And You're Not)

November 17th, 2018


November is National Adoption Month, a designation intended to raise awareness of the need for permanent families for children in the foster care system.

How much does race matter when it comes to giving a …

Strange Fruit #268: Yes, We're Still Talking About Who Can Say The N-Word

November 10th, 2018


No matter how you spell it, say it, or intend for it to be received, the N-word remains a hot button issue. The rules seem pretty clear for …

Strange Fruit #267: Getting Away With Murder?

November 9th, 2018


A teenager named Cameron Terrell was arrested in October on suspicion of murder in an alleged gang killing in South Los Angeles. Before you …

Strange Fruit #266: Strange Fruit: A Bloodcurdling Conversation With 'Dracula' Actors

October 27th, 2018


This week actors Crystian Wiltshire and Neill Robertson join us to discuss their roles in the current production of “Dracula” at Actors …

Strange Fruit #265: A Conversation With LGBTQ Historian David Williams

October 22nd, 2018


Author and historian David Williams joins us this week to talk about his new book "Secrets of Old Louisville" which is filled with the …

Strange Fruit #264: 'Hey Fren!' Internet Sensation Zoie Fenty

October 15th, 2018


This week on Strange Fruit, Doc finally gets to interview one of her faves: Zoie Fenty, better known online as GotDamnZo.

Zoie has over 4 …

Strange Fruit #263: How Where You Live In Louisville Affects Your Grocery Bill

October 8th, 2018


Why does the cost of basics at Kroger vary depending where you are in Louisville? It's an issue of supply and demand, but it's one that ends up affecting low-income people across the city.

In this week's …

Strange Fruit #263: 'Rape Jokes' Comic Cameron Esposito

September 30th, 2018


After a week where talk about sexual assault was inescapable to anyone near a radio, TV, newspaper, the internet, etc., it might seem like …

Strange Fruit: On Queen Sugar, Pie Is More Than Just Pie

September 21st, 2018


Aunt Vi, the matriarch of the family on Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar, knows her way around a kitchen. Not only can she cook, but she bakes a mean pie -- a skill that becomes a side business.

Aunt Vi's pies became …

Strange Fruit #260: Sam Sanders Gives Us A Minute

September 15th, 2018


A recent article called him "the most vocal queer, black voice on the radio." Sam Sanders has been a journalist with NPR since 2009, and he hosts the podcast It’s Been a Minute. It's safe to say he has a lot in …

Strange Fruit #259: With Allies Like These...

September 7th, 2018


Nobody's perfect--even people who are committed to social justice. But activist Leslie Mac has been noticing a pattern when mistakes are inevitably made by people who consider themselves allies.

She recently …

Strange Fruit #258: What's It Like To Answer Racist 911 Calls?

August 31st, 2018


We've heard way too many Barbecue Becky and Permit Patty stories in the news lately. White people see black people selling lemonade, cooking …

Strange Fruit #256: Toxic Black Fatherhood On TV

August 24th, 2018


"Theo, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life!"

It's the big laugh line from a famous scene in "The Cosby Show" pilot, delivered by the show's patriarch just after his teenage son makes a heartfelt …

Strange Fruit #255: It's Funny Because It's True (A Conversation With Dylan Marron)

August 17th, 2018


Dylan Marron describes his childhood self as "a brown and queer kid trying to break into the entertainment industry." People told him he was …

Strange Fruit #254: Expanding The Definition Of 'American Boys'

August 3rd, 2018


Soraya Zaman's "American Boys Project" is a photography collection (and upcoming book) featuring portraits of transmasculine people …

Strange Fruit #253: Honestly We'd Be Eating Chocolate Anyway

July 27th, 2018


People with HIV and AIDS are living longer thanks to advances in the way we manage the disease with medicine. That also means the need for …

Strange Fruit: A Conversation With 'Pose' Co-Creator Steven Canals

July 20th, 2018


The FX series "Pose" features the largest LGBTQ cast on television. Five series regulars are transgender.

The setting is 1987 New York City …

Strange Fruit #251: Greeting Cards That Look Like Us

July 13th, 2018


It's your partner's birthday and you're looking for the perfect card. But the drug store selection is looking pretty heteronormative.

The …

Strange Fruit #250: Ricky Jones on James Baldwin (and Tucker Carlson)

July 6th, 2018


“I’m terrified at the moral apathy – the death of the heart which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long that they really don’t think I’m human. I base this on their …

Strange Fruit #249: How Watermelons Became A Racist Trope

June 29th, 2018


They're a delicious summertime snack -- but they're also associated with a long-standing stereotype about black people. This week we talk to historian Bill Black from Rice University about how watermelons …

Strange Fruit #248: Darnell Moore's Memoir Tells The Story Of A Gay Black Survivor

June 22nd, 2018


Darnell Moore has been a frequent and favorite Strange Fruit guest over the years, and through those conversations, we've learned bits and pieces of his history and how his past shaped him into his current …

Strange Fruit #247: Matthew Charles, Rehabilitated Then Re-Incarcerated

June 15th, 2018


Matthew Charles was convicted of seven charges related to the possession and sale of crack cocaine. This was in 1996, when the crack-to-cocaine ratio was still 100 to 1, meaning that selling one gram of crack …

Strange Fruit #246: Whose Job Is It To Make Sure Louisville Seniors Don't Live With Bedbugs?

June 10th, 2018


Our colleague Jacob Ryan from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting was working on a story at Dosker Manor, a high-rise public …

Strange Fruit #245: Homegirl Box Delivers Women's History

June 1st, 2018


Kaila just had a rough semester. Her students wouldn't do their reading and didn't seem to be paying much attention. She was feeling low.

Strange Fruit #244: Reading Books, Living With Your Parents, Doing Your Civic Duty

May 25th, 2018


We've all been busy this week, doing our civic duty. Not only was Tuesday Election Day, but Doc has been on jury duty all week! Her stories about the people she's met there bring up some questions about whether …

Strange Fruit 243: ‘Flying While Fat & Black’

May 16th, 2018


Amber Phillips flies a lot, and she knows what can happen to people whose bodies don't fit perfectly in small airplane seats.

So when she sat down for a short flight from Raleigh-Durham to Washington, DC late …

Strange Fruit #242: White Guys Teaching White Guys To Be Less Racist

May 12th, 2018


When we talk about racism and sexism, we often talk about women and people of color. But what does it mean to be an informed, empathetic, white man?

Strange Fruit 241: In Search Of Big Freedia

May 4th, 2018


She's featured on Beyoncé's "Formation" and in Drake's song "Nice for What." You've heard her voice and most definitely heard her influence. But there's a good chance you don't know what Big Freedia looks like.

Strange Fruit #240: Juicy Fruit News Round-Up

April 28th, 2018


It's almost Derby Week, and there's already a lot going on in Louisville! So this week, we're doing an all-Juicy-Fruit news round-up.

We cover Shania Twain putting her cowgirl boot in her mouth with fans, the …

Strange Fruit #235: Mistress Velvet, The Dominatrix With A Syllabus

March 9th, 2018


Chicago dominatrix Mistress Velvet did not intentionally build her practice around dominating white men. But she was living in a …

Strange Fruit #234: Is The Black Barbershop A Safe Space For Queer Men?

March 2nd, 2018


It isn't unusual to see homoeroticism in hypermasculine spaces - like the locker room, the wrestling ring, or the military barracks. But …


February 23rd, 2018


Louisville photographer Sowande Malone joins us this week, because he doesn't just take pictures - he's also a huge comic book fan. Together we unpack all things "Black Panther," including how gender and …

Strange Fruit #232: A Conversation With Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's Mom

February 16th, 2018


The 45th Dr. Joseph H. McMillan National Black Family Conference is happening in Louisville later this month, and this year's theme is "Elevating the Health and Safety of the Black Family and Community." …

Strange Fruit #231: Art Show Imagines The Future As Female

February 10th, 2018


What is after Earth for women? That's the question science fiction author Author Olivia A. Cole has in mind for her latest project, …

Strange Fruit #230: Is There A "One-Drop Rule" Of Sexual Fluidity?

February 4th, 2018


This week we talk to author and poet Kyla Jenee Lacey, whose essay, "Why I'm Open to Dating Bisexual Men," was published last month on The Root. At first glance, it might seen biphobic that we even need a …

Strange Fruit #229: Racial Trauma And Mental Health

January 26th, 2018


It happens, to some extent, every single day. People of color are exposed to racism in many ways -- from watching footage of police …

Strange Fruit #228: 'White Racism' College Course Prompts... White Racism

January 22nd, 2018


A class called "White Racism" started this semester at Florida Gulf Coast University. Its professor, Dr. Ted Thornhill, started getting …

Strange Fruit #227: With Your Family Around You, You're Never Alone

January 12th, 2018


This week on Strange Fruit, Louisville activist Talesha Wilson joins us for a news roundup, including Oprah's Golden Globes speech and …

Strange Fruit #226: New Year, Fresh Fruit!

January 5th, 2018


Happy 2018, y'all! This week we're joined by one of Doc's former students, Chelsie Griffin. Chelsie is now a teacher herself - of 5th graders in Louisiana's Ascension Parish. In her district, corporal …

Strange Fruit #225: 'Black Elitism' And Anti-Blackness On TV

December 29th, 2017


We love the show 'This Is Us.' We also love writer and podcast host Jenn Jackson. So when she wrote a piece calling out 'This Is Us' for what she calls "Black elitism" and anti-blackness, we had to sit up and …

Strange Fruit #224: Empathy For White Kids, Suspicion For Kids Of Color

December 22nd, 2017


It started with a viral video of Keaton Jones, an 11-year-old boy in knoxville, tennessee. In the video, he's crying and talking about how …

Strange Fruit #223: Black Queer Bodies Are Not For White Consumption

December 15th, 2017


This week we talk with Tabais Olajuawon about his recent essay, "We Are Not Yours: I’m tired of white women’s racial-sexual terrorism of my BlaQueer body" (

Strange Fruit: Suffragettes Were The First #WhiteFeminists

December 10th, 2017


During the 2016 election, when it seemed inevitable the U.S. was on the verge of electing our first woman president, white women covered Susan B. Anthony's grave with "I Voted" stickers.  A nice thought, but it …

Strange Fruit #221: Addressing America's Racial 'Sleep Gap'

December 1st, 2017


We know being black in America affects lots of aspects of life. You're likely to make less money than a white person doing the same job. …

Strange Fruit #220: Your Body Type Does Not Determine Your Gender Role

November 25th, 2017


Our bodies are labelled from the moment we're born, when we're assigned a sex and gender. From that point on, a million stereotypes and expectations are projected on to them. Even in the gay community, where we …

Strange Fruit #219: Behind The Scenes With Actors Theatre's 'Skeleton Crew'

November 19th, 2017


A trio of tight-knit auto workers in 2008 always have each other's backs. They're family, operating under the watchful eye of Faye, a butch …

Strange Fruit #218: Sports! They're In The News

November 10th, 2017


Sports! They're a big deal to a lot of people. But we just don't know that much about them. So our intern Brandon is taking over part of …

Coming Soon on Strange Fruit: Sports! They are a thing in the news

November 7th, 2017


Coming up on this week's episode... Intern Brandon takes over with a show about sports news. Will he shoot a home run or strike out in the fourth quarter?

Strange Fruit #217: Bisexual Visibility In A Non-Binary World

November 3rd, 2017


What does it mean to be bisexual? That you're attracted to both men and women? What about gender non-conforming people? Intersex people? When it comes to human identity and desire, things can get complicated. …

Strange Fruit #216: That Ghost Was Not A 'Mistress'

October 27th, 2017


If you're intrigued by the supernatural, or just like scary stories, a ghost tour can be a fun way to see a city and learn about its …

Strange Fruit #215: A Conversation With 'Me Too' Originator Tarana Burke

October 20th, 2017


Of you spent any time at all on social media this week, you saw it all over your timeline: #metoo Some found it empowering. Some found it traumatizing. But one thing it definitely wasn't? New. Activist and …

Strange Fruit #214: What It Means To Be Out In 2017

October 14th, 2017


Coming out isn't what it used to be. These days, even the most sheltered people generally have at least some basic understanding of what it means to be gay. But for people living in certain communities, in …

Strange Fruit #213: Transphobia Is Such A Drag

October 6th, 2017


A man who makes a living performing in drag is probably pretty woke about trans issues, right? Sadly, it ain't necessarily so.  Former …

Strange Fruit #212: Parenting While Black and Queer

September 19th, 2017


Have you ever joked with a little boy about whether he has a girlfriend? Did your birds-and-bees talk include the words, "a mommy and a daddy?" The way we talk to kids can reinforce gender binaries, …

Strange Fruit #211: What Does DACA Repeal Mean For Louisville's Young Immigrants?

September 15th, 2017


It's been in the headlines and all over social media. But we wanted to find out how the repeal of DACA would affect our friends and …

Strange Fruit #210: Tea AND Shade To Those Who Co-Opt Black Gay Culture

September 8th, 2017


Yasss, kween! Werq. Slay. What do these phrases have in common? They come from the gay black community — specifically drag and the house …

Strange Fruit #209: How 'Open TV' Is Changing Who Gets To Make Television

September 1st, 2017


If you grew up with network TV like we did (or basic cable, if you were lucky), you might find the current media landscape overwhelming — …

Strange Fruit #208: Museum Celebrates "The Ordinary Extraordinary Colored Girl"

August 28th, 2017


This week we speak with Vashti DuBois, Executive Director and Founder of The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia. DuBois says she was …

Strange Fruit #207: Some Places Are Not For Straight People

August 18th, 2017


If you're straight, you're probably not used to being denied access to things based solely on your sexual orientation — unlike LGBTQ people, …

Strange Fruit #206: "Queen Sugar" Actor Brian Michael Smith On Being Trans In Show Business

August 11th, 2017


You may have seen Brian Michael Smith on "Girls," "Law and Order," "Blue Bloods," or other television shows and commercials, playing cisgender men. Now he appears on the OWN Network's "Queen Sugar," playing a …

Strange Fruit #205: New Leadership At A Legendary Regional Institution

August 4th, 2017


The Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee is a living piece of civil rights history. It functioned as a folk …

Strange Fruit #204: Documentary Series Lets Trans People Tell Their Own Stories

July 28th, 2017


President Trump's tweets about the armed forces this week brought the stories of transgender service members into the spotlight. This week on Strange Fruit, we learn about documentary film series that tells …

Idina Menzel

July 27th, 2017


Tony Award-winning actor, signer, and songwriter Idina Menzel originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway and film versions of …

Strange Fruit #203: Juicy Fruit News Roundup!

July 21st, 2017


The race for mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida is getting ugly — thanks in part to racist rhetoric like this from a candidate named Paul …

Strange Fruit #202: Race And Racism In Covering The Drug Crisis

July 14th, 2017


There's no shortage of profiles and think pieces putting a human face on the Opioid crisis. Coverage focuses on addicts' struggling families and childhood traumas, framing addiction as an illness you suffer …

Strange Fruit #201: "No Fats, No Femmes," and the Politics of Desirability

July 7th, 2017


Scroll through any gay dating app and you'll come across the words. "No fats, no femmes." It says a lot about which kinds of bodies are seen …

Strange Fruit: Our 200th Episode!

June 23rd, 2017


We recorded our 200th episode in front of an audience this week at the Green Building in Nulu! Guests Karter Louis and Leah Halston joined …

Strange Fruit: What Are Your Favorite Pride Moments in LGBT History?

June 16th, 2017


Was it Ellen's Puppy Episode? The formation of the Mattachine Society? The Repeal of DOMA? Or Muriel Hemingway locking lips with Roseanne? The Kentuckiana Pride Festival is this weekend, and to celebrate, we …

Strange Fruit: Rapper Fly Young Red On The Inspiration Behind "Lorraine"

June 9th, 2017


Last week we talked about a new song and video by New Orleans-based rapper Fly Young Red. "Lorraine" deals with the challenges faced by …

Strange Fruit #199: Ten Years Of Celebrating LBGT Students At UofL

June 2nd, 2017


Ten years ago, Brian Buford was put in charge of the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville. That same year, UofL created its Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies — a position …

Strange Fruit #198: Mark Anthony Neal On Black Masculinity & Rompers

May 26th, 2017


He's one of the great Black thought leaders of our time, especially when it comes to black masculinity. So of course, when we had the chance …

Strange Fruit #197: Yes We DO Look Nice Today!

May 19th, 2017


This week, longtime Louisville activist and artist Tan Hazelwood joins us for an all-Juicy-Fruit episode! We talk about Lavinia Woodward, …

Strange Fruit #196: A Very Special Mother's Day Show

May 12th, 2017


This is Mother's Day weekend, and we decided to have two very special guests on the show to celebrate: our moms! Jaison interviewed Kaila's mom, Sylvia, and Kaila interviewed Jaison's mom, Jackie. Embarrassing …

Coming Soon On Strange Fruit: Mother's Day!

May 11th, 2017


When you invite your mamas onto the radio, anything could happen. We learned a lot about each other, and we asked some of our friends to …

Strange Fruit #195: After 18 Years, Hip-Hop Feminist Joan Morgan Is Still Breaking It Down

May 5th, 2017


"When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down" came out in 1999. It was the age of the video vixen, and feminists were decrying the objectification of women in hip-hop imagery and …

Strange Fruit #194: Rainbows & Roses Soirée Is A Derby Party With A Special LGBTQ Cause

May 1st, 2017


Derby Week is finally here! With it come fancy hats, random celebrity sightings, tardiness to work, and parties all night, every night. Derby events come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of swankiness. This …

Strange Fruit #193: Policing Gender Performance

April 22nd, 2017


Is it ok for a woman to cry in public? What about a man? What about an NBA player on the bench before a playoff game? According to former player Charles Barkley, it's "not a good look" — even if the player's …

Strange Fruit #192: A Strange News Round-Up

April 17th, 2017


The news has been full of stories in the past few weeks relevant to what we cover here on Strange Fruit. So rather than put them into a …

Strange Fruit #191: Pepsi Solved Racism!

April 7th, 2017


This just in, Fruitcakes! Racism is over. Kendall Jenner solved it by giving a cop a soft drink in a commercial. We're talking, of course, …

Strange Fruit #190: Maxine Waters Take The Wheel

April 1st, 2017


Almost as soon as the new Dave Chappelle comedy specials hit Netflix, we could tell there were problems. Our twitter timelines lit up with …

Strange Fruit #189: What It Means To Be Black, Gay, and Christian

March 24th, 2017


Gospel singer Kim Burrell performed on the song "I See Victory" on the soundtrack to the award-winning film "Hidden Figures." She was …

Strange Fruit #188: Leak Your Own Nudes?

March 17th, 2017


Now that smartphones all have cameras and photo editing software, sending sexy pictures has become an every day part of a lot of folks' sex …

Strange Fruit #187: Moonlight's Janelle Monáe and Tarell McCraney

March 11th, 2017


You saw them on stage at the Oscars, looking stunning and accepting awards for their phenomenal work on the film "Moonlight." But did you know that before they were Academy Award winners, Janelle Monáe and …

Strange Fruit #186: A Conversation With Bravo's Andy Cohen

March 3rd, 2017


You can't be as prominent and opinionated as Bravo TV's Andy Cohen without making a few mistakes along the way. But the way celebrities respond to being called out for their mistakes says the most about their …

Strange Fruit #185: What It Means To Be A Professional Black Girl

February 24th, 2017


“We are professional code-switchers, hair-flippers, hip-shakers, and go-getters. We hold Ph.Ds and listen to trap music; we twerk and we …

COMING SOON: Yaba Blay on Being a #ProfessionalBlackGirl

February 22nd, 2017


Coming up on Saturday's show, we talk with Dr. Yaba Blay about her new video series, "Professional Black Girl." Learn more here & listen this Saturday at

Strange Fruit #184: Beyoncé, the Grammys, and Adele's Black Friends

February 17th, 2017


What was the best, biggest, most important album released in 2016? Last weekend at the Grammy Awards, that honor went not to Beyoncé's "Lemonade," but to Adele's "25," leading many of us to wonder what Adele …

This Week On Strange Fruit: Adele's Black Friends

February 17th, 2017


Dr. Brittney Cooper joins us this week to talk about Adele's Grammy Awards mention of her "black friends," and why we should look deeper …

Strange Fruit #183: What Just Happened???

February 10th, 2017


Strange Fruit returns this week after a 5-month hiatus! A few things have happened since our last episode, which was produced shortly after the Republican National Convention. Back then, we were still talking …

Strange Fruit #182: Celebrating Anne Braden's Birthday

July 29th, 2016


This week marked what would have been the 92nd birthday of Louisville civil rights legend Anne Braden. She began as a labor activist, but …

Strange Fruit #181: "You Can't Swim!" Paddle Boarding While Black

July 22nd, 2016


Summer is in full swing, and it's the time of year when most of us head outside to enjoy the fresh air. Maybe you take to the hiking trail …

Strange Fruit #180: Reflections On Three Summers Of Black Lives Matter

July 15th, 2016


Three years ago this week, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Like many people …

Strange Fruit #179: The Same Conversation

July 9th, 2016


When we sat down in the studio to record this week's show, it was Wednesday evening, and our hearts were heavy with the news of Alton …

Strange Fruit #178: Violence Against LGBTQ People Of Color Is Part Of U.S. Makeup

July 1st, 2016


Americans seemed stunned by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Commenters on TV and online blamed easy access to guns. Some …

Strange Fruit #177: Governor Matt Bevin... Can he do that?

June 25th, 2016


Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin continues to do things his own way. He's been using executive orders to make changes with far-reaching implications — and getting sued for it. This week, we check in with Kentucky …

Strange Fruit #176: Faith After Violence

June 19th, 2016


When we on #TeamStrangeFruit heard about the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last Sunday morning, we reached out to each other. …

Strange Fruit #175: What The Brock Turner Case Says About Race & Justice

June 11th, 2016


New information continues to surface about the Stanford rape case. The latest news is that Brock Turner, who was caught raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, will serve only 3 months of his 6 month …

Strange Fruit #174: Race & Racism In The Gorilla Pit Conversation

June 4th, 2016


It's an all-Juicy-Fruit episode of Strange Fruit, where we tackle some topics that have been in the news, on the timelines, and on everyone's minds. Joining us in the studio are attorney Joe Dunman and PR guru …

Strange Fruit #173: What If You Use A Wheelchair & You Need An STD Test?

May 27th, 2016


“I just tested positive for syphilis.” That's the text message Andrew Gurza received from a recent partner, and like any responsible queer man, he knew what to do — if not exactly how to do it. Andrew wasn't …

Strange Fruit: "Laocoon" Sculpture Unites Fat Albert, Police Shootings, and Greek Mythology

May 21st, 2016


You could be forgiven if your first reaction to "Laocoon" is laughter. Even Dr. Chris Reitz, gallery director of the University of …

Strange Fruit #171: Louisville's Food Access Divide

May 13th, 2016


You've heard of white privilege, male privilege, and any number of other unearned advantages some of us are born with. But what about food privilege? University of Louisville graduate student Tyler Short got in …

Strange Fruit #170: The Consequences Of Anti-Transgender Bathroom Laws

May 5th, 2016


You've heard about them on the news, and probably read poorly-informed opinions about them on Facebook: laws designed to tell transgender people which public restrooms they can and can't use. What will be the …

Strange Fruit #169: Unpacking the Symbolism in Beyoncé's "Lemonade"

April 29th, 2016


This week, the music world bows down to its Queen, while saying a sad goodbye to its Prince. In this special hour-long episode of Strange Fruit, we talk about these two groundbreaking black artists — one who’s …

Strange Fruit #168: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty?

April 22nd, 2016


Hours before we went into the studio this week, rumors started swirling on the internet: Harriet Tubman would be on the twenty dollar bill. …

Doc Sums Up Our Reaction to the Harriet Tubman Twenties

April 22nd, 2016


We want you to listen to the whole show. But if you don't have time, this is a pretty accurate summary.

Strange Fruit #167: What Gender Does Facebook Think You Are?

April 16th, 2016


In 2014, Facebook introduced new gender options users could ascribe to themselves. Where before, you had to select male or female, now you …

Strange Fruit #166: Inside the Minds Of Angry White Men

April 8th, 2016


It's music festival season in Louisville, and this year, there's a new event on the calendar. This week we talk with Tay G, one of the …

Privilege Check: A Conversation About Invisible Advantages

April 4th, 2016


In lieu of our regular show this week, here's a special project #TeamStrangeFruit did with our station, WFPL. This special is part of WFPL's …

Strange Fruit #165: "Lipstick Wars" Brings Women to the Slam Poetry Stage

March 26th, 2016


If you think of poetry slams as sedate affairs where people sip wine and read monotonously from notebooks, you might want to go visit one. Louisville's vibrant poetry slam scene is made up of a diverse groups …

Strange Fruit #164: Marley Dias and the Search for #1000BlackGirlBooks

March 20th, 2016


Sixth grader Marley Dias loves to read. But the books she was assigned in school never seemed to have protagonists who looked like her. So …

Strange Fruit #163: The Case Against the West Louisville FoodPort

March 11th, 2016


A few weeks ago we introduced you to oSha Shireman and Charles Booker, two of the people who are working on the West Louisville Food Port. …

Strange Fruit #162: Three More Trump Protesters Tell Their Stories

March 4th, 2016


Earlier this week, we spoke with Shiya Nwanguma about her experience protesting at the Donald Trump rally and being pushed by Trump supporters — an incident that was captured on a video which quickly went …

BONUS FRUIT: Shiya Nwanguma, Louisville Protester At Center Of Trump Rally Video, Speaks Out

March 3rd, 2016


Multiple protesters at the rally on Tuesday in Louisville for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump allege they were pushed by …

Strange Fruit #161: Garth Greenwell Finds Dignity in "Despised" Queer Spaces

February 26th, 2016


Garth Greenwell got out of Louisville as soon as he could, at age 16. "I really felt like this place was killing me," he says. His family …

Strange Fruit #160: What's a Food Port? And What Will It Do for West Louisville?

February 19th, 2016


The neighborhood spoke loud and clear in opposition to the proposed biodigester project in West Louisville. Now, a food port is proposed for 30th and Market Streets. This week, we talk to two of the people …

Strange Fruit #159: Love and Criticism for Beyoncé's "Formation"

February 12th, 2016


At first glance, Dr. Yaba Blay saw a lot to love about the song Formation and accompanying video. Then she got to the part that says, "You …

Bonus Fruit: Jaison and Kaila Get in Formation!

February 12th, 2016


We had three brilliant scholars on our show this week. In fact, they were so brilliant, we didn't have any time left for our own analysis …

Strange Fruit #158: Happy Black History Month!

February 5th, 2016


It's Black History Month, and we're kicking things off with a show about some of our favorite figures in black history - especially those in the LGBT community. Our guests this week are making space right here …

Strange Fruit #157: Why Aren't There More Latino and Asian-American Elected Officials?

January 30th, 2016


What percentage of your state's population is Latino, or Asian-American? Do Latinos and Asian-Americans make up that same percentage of your …

Strange Fruit #156: The Conversations We Remember from 2015

January 22nd, 2016


We're halfway through the first month of 2015, an there's been so much going on, we haven't yet had time to bring you a look back at the conversation we loved in 2015! On this week's show we listen back to some …

Strange Fruit #155: How Do Doctors Treat Transgender Kids?

January 15th, 2016


We're lucky enough to live in a time when more and more parents of transgender kids are accepting, loving, and trying to help their children be their authentic selves. And the medical community is developing …

Strange Fruit #154: Movers & Shakers Who Make Our LGBT Scene Brighter

January 8th, 2016


Louisville's Fairness Ordinance is one of the oldest comprehensive LGBT protections in the nation. Since early 1999, it's been illegal to …

Strange Fruit: Critical Media Consumption and the Mall St. Matthews Incident

January 3rd, 2016


The day after Christmas is always busy at shopping malls. The holiday blockbusters are in the movie theaters, and gift cards are burning …

Strange Fruit #152: 2015 Words of the Year Help Us #StayWoke

December 27th, 2015


As 2015 draws to a close, we have our annual chat with Grant Barrett, an officer with the American Dialect Society, about the words and phrases that were on everyone's lips (and texts, and tweets, and Tumblrs) …

Strange Fruit #151: Lea DeLaria on Queer Representation & her Proud Butch Identity

December 20th, 2015


Lea DeLaria became the first openly gay comic ever to appear on American television, when she appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1994. She chalks it up to hard work and the fact that "lesbian chic" was having …

Coming Up on Strange Fruit: Lea DeLaria!

December 17th, 2015


She was the first openly-gay comic ever to appear on American television, and now she plays Big Boo on the Netflix hit, Orange Is the New Black. Triple threat Lea DeLaria joins us this week to talk about her …

Coming up on Strange Fruit: Soul Legend Jill Scott!

December 11th, 2015


Coming up this week on our 150th episode: Jill Scott!

Strange Fruit #150: Soul Legend Jill Scott's Philosophy on Music and Life

December 11th, 2015


It's our 150th episode! And who better to celebrate with than legendary soul singer Jill Scott? Scott performed in Louisville this week, and …

Strange Fruit #148: Voting Rights Restored for Kentucky Felons

November 25th, 2015


This week, outgoing Governor Steve Beshear announced he would restore voting rights for Kentuckians convicted of most non-violent felonies. …

Strange Fruit #147: I Said Bang! Upcoming Book Looks at Louisville's Dirt Bowl

November 20th, 2015


In an interview with Matt Lauer, Charlie Sheen revealed earlier this week that he's HIV positive. But in the days leading up to that, media outlets were already reporting his status. And according to Sheen …

Strange Fruit #146: The Line Between Safety & Free Speech on University Campuses

November 13th, 2015


Since we spoke last week about University of Louisville President James Ramsey's poor treatment of Latino students on campus, racial tension has come to a head on other campuses across the country - most …

Strange Fruit #145: Latino UofL Students Met with More Disrespect at Meeting with Ramsey

November 6th, 2015


The fallout continues from Halloween, when UofL President Dr. James Ramsey and his staff dressed up in stereotypical "Mexican" costumes for …

Coming Up on Strange Fruit

November 4th, 2015


Coming up on this week's episode of Strange Fruit: More disrespect from UofL President James Ramsey, who agreed to meet with students of …

Strange Fruit #144: A Very Halloween Episode

October 30th, 2015


It's Halloween, so to open this week's episode, Kaila recounts a ghost story she read about in local author David Dominé's book, "True Ghost Stories and Eerie Legends from America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood." …

Strange Fruit #143: Jose Antonio Vargas on "I AM a Kentuckian" Tour

October 23rd, 2015


When Jose Antonio Vargas was 12 years old, his mom put him on a plane in the Philippines and sent him to the United States to live with his …

Strange Fruit #142: How Marriage Equality is Changing the Wedding Industry

October 18th, 2015


It's almost wedding season, and engaged folks everywhere are in the thick of trying to get their ceremonies and receptions planned for …

Strange Fruit #141: Comedian Paula Poundstone on Comedy, Raising a Black Son, and her LGBT Fans

October 10th, 2015


Comedian Paula Poundstone will be in Louisville on October 17th, bringing her stand-up comedy to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. We spoke …

Strange Fruit #140: Silence Is Our Enemy, Sound Is Our Weapon: Janelle Monáe on Resistance

October 2nd, 2015


Fall is in the air, and that means IdeaFestival, and jokes about pumpkins and white people. Luckily, we cover both on this week's show. One of our favorite people, Janelle Monáe, came back to Louisville this …

Strange Fruit #139: Naveen Jain Wants to Develop an HIV Vaccine... and Give It Away

September 25th, 2015


Naveen Jain is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Immunity Project, a non-profit dedicated to developing an HIV vaccine and giving it away for free to anyone who needs it. Jain said it was his …

Strange Fruit #138: Reading, 'Riting and Race? Raising Confident Kids of Color

September 18th, 2015


The suspension of Ahmed Mohamed had just hit the headlines when we recorded this week's show. The gifted ninth-grader from Irving, Texas, …

Strange Fruit #137: Does Plea Bargaining Hurt People of Color?

September 12th, 2015


“When the Negroes were freed and the whole South was convinced of the impossibility of free Negro labor, the first and almost universal …

Strange Fruit #135: Violence Against Black Americans, from Lynching to Police Shootings

September 5th, 2015


Poet and activist Lance Newman joins us for Juicy Fruit this week, where some stories from this week lead to a broader discussion of …

Strange Fruit #134: Fairness Leaders Arrested at Ham Breakfast; Fashion Designer Frances Lewis

August 28th, 2015


Three Fairness leaders were arrested Thursday morning at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Ham Breakfast & Auction. Fairness and ACLU folks …

Strange Fruit #133: What's it Like to be LGBT in a Rural Community?

August 21st, 2015


We've always been proud of how cutting-edge Louisville is on LGBT rights issues (and can often be overheard bragging that our Fairness law included transgender protections even before New York's did). But what …

Strange Fruit #132: What's Next for County Clerks Who Refuse to Issues Marriage Licenses?

August 14th, 2015


It's back to school time in our part of the country, and this week we're full of nostalgia about our favorite parts of going back to school …

Strange Fruit #131: Sharpe Suiting Designer Leon Wu

August 5th, 2015


Suit designer Leon Wu sees a person's first suit as a milestone. "Historically, a father will bring in his son," Wu says. "It's like a coming of age sort of thing." But what about a person who didn't grow up as …

Strange Fruit #130: Dr. Britney Cooper on the Movement for Black Lives Convening and Police Violence

July 31st, 2015


Last week in Cleveland, activists from across the country came together for the Movement for Black Lives Convening. Panels and breakout …

BONUS FRUIT: Nicki vs. Taylor?

July 31st, 2015


Doc, Jai, and guest Joe Dunman weigh in on the Nicki/Taylor twitter beef surrounding the VMA nominations... and the perpetual narrative of …

Strange Fruit #129: News Round-Up with Marriage Equality Attorney Joe Dunman

July 24th, 2015


Remember that whole Supreme Court marriage equality thing a couple weeks ago? It was kind of a big deal? Well one of the attorneys, Joe …

Strange Fruit #127: "Buster" Musical Tells Story of Activist Louis Coleman

July 14th, 2015


Many of Louisville's activist leaders got their start marching behind the same man: Reverend Louis Coleman. Now his life's work is being …

Strange Fruit #126: Professor Burt Ashe on the History & Cultural Significance of Dreadlocks

July 3rd, 2015


Dr. Burt Ashe always saw himself as a sort of a renegade. Edgy. Bohemian. But no one else seemed to agree. "The way that I presented to the world was completely, just amazingly, conventional," he says. So he …

Strange Fruit 125: Marriage Equality At Last!

June 27th, 2015


Friday was a historic day for the USA, and we spent it experiencing and documenting some of the sights and sounds of all the Decision Day activities here in Louisville! On this week's show, we share those …

Strange Fruit #124: Rachel Dolezal Didn't Come Out; She Got Caught

June 19th, 2015


As we celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, it's with the impossible-to-ignore knowledge of how much work the United States still has to do to achieve safety and true equality for all its citizens. We recorded …

Strange Fruit #123: Mother Tongue Techniques Takes Queer Southern Culture to California

June 12th, 2015


Happy Pride Month, Fruitcakes! This week we speak with mixed media artists Rahel and SCZ, who are part of a collective called Mother Tongue …

Bonus Fruit: The Return of Janet Jackson?

June 10th, 2015


A battle of the generations broke out when, on a recent episode, we talked about Janet Jackson's upcoming album and tour! Flyy Sexuality TV's Kendra Elise Anderson called the singer all washed up, scandalizing …

Strange Fruit #122: Racism in Queer Spaces

June 6th, 2015


Performing as DJ Syimone, Victoria Syimone Taylor spends a lot of time in gay and gay-friendly bars. She joins us this week to talk about racism in queer spaces - including a recent incident in a local bar, and …

Strange Fruit #121: Juicy Fruit News Roundup!

May 29th, 2015


It's a full serving of Juicy Fruit! Dr. Story is in Florence, presenting at the Black Portraiture{s} II Conference, so actor Billy Flood, …

Strange Fruit #120: Portland Poetry Series to Feature LGBTQ Poets in June

May 22nd, 2015


The Portland Poetry Series will focus on LGBTQ poets at their June event, in honor of Pride Month. Co-producer Eli Keel joins us this week, along with poet and writer Adriena Dame, who will read at the event. …

SF #119: LMPD Gets Body Cams; "Sidewinders" Play Deconstructs Gender; Syphilis on Rise Among Gay Men

May 16th, 2015


Once nearly eradicated in the United States, syphilis is back on the rise - mostly among gay and bisexual men. Rates reached an all-time low in 2000, and of the roughly 6,000 cases, only around 7% were among …

SF #118: Funding Feminist Art in Kentucky; @HonestToddler's Mom on the Messiness of Motherhood

May 8th, 2015


It's Mother's Day, and we're celebrating by talking with Bunmi Laditan, mother of three, and creator of the @HonestToddler twitter account. …

Strange Fruit #117: Baltimore Rising, Black Jockeys in the Derby, and Unlearning Childhood Racism

May 1st, 2015


On Friday, state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced that six officers would be charged in the death of Freddie Gray. …

Strange Fruit #116: Juicy Fruit News Round-Up

April 24th, 2015


There's a lot going on out there, Fruitcakes, so this week, we give you a whole episode of Juicy Fruit, with special guest co-host, actress, …

Strange Fruit #116 Promo

April 24th, 2015


A sneak peek at what's coming up on this week's episode of Strange Fruit!

Strange Fruit #115: Family Guy's Kirker Butler says "Nothing is Off Limits"

April 17th, 2015


Comedy writer Kirker Butler has written for Family Guy and the Cleveland Show, but his most recent work is a satirical novel called “Pretty …

Strange Fruit #114: Death Row Exoneree Sabrina Butler Porter

April 10th, 2015


Sabrina Butler Porter was 17 when she found her baby Walter unresponsive, not breathing. Her attempts at CPR to save his life resulted in …

Best of Strange Fruit: David Sedaris on Unwelcome Duck Tongues & Accidental Activism

April 3rd, 2015


David Sedaris never liked Chinese food. Then he went to China, and he really didn’t like Chinese food. His essay about it, Chicken Toenails, Anyone? was published in the Guardian and was criticized as …

Strange Fruit #112: Kentucky's Marriage Case Goes to SCOTUS; Juneteenth in Louisville

March 29th, 2015


This week we introduce you to a new member of the WFPL newsroom, political reporter Ashley Lopez. Ashley joins us to talk about Indiana's …

Strange Fruit #111: "Louisville Diners" is a Master Class in Greasy Spoons

March 20th, 2015


Food writer Ashlee Clark Thompson's new book is all about Louisville Diners (the places, not the people). She joins us this week to dish about some of Louisville's most iconic eateries - trendy brunch places, …

Strange Fruit #110: Fairness Updates from Frankfort and Bardstown

March 13th, 2015


The Kentucky General Assembly just wrapped up its 2015 session, and some LGBTQ-related bills were under consideration. Chris Hartman from the Fairness Campaign joins us this week to talk about the proposed …

Strange Fruit #109: Bisexual Visibility in a Non-Binary World

March 7th, 2015


Earlier this year, Kate Brown made history by becoming the first openly bisexual governor ever to serve in the U.S. The Oregon governor was …

Strange Fruit #108: "Emigrados" Brings the Universality of Immigrant Experiences to the Stage

February 27th, 2015


This week we meet Haydee Canovas, the director of a Spanish-language play called "Emigrados," running March 12-21 in Louisville. Part of the theater of the absurd tradition, the play observes two immigrant men, …

Strange Fruit: Marion Dries interviews Lesbian Fiction & Fantasy Authors KL Rhavensfyre

February 27th, 2015


Marion Dries joins #teamstrangefruit to talk with KL Rhavensfyre, authors of lesbian fantasy, romance, and erotica.

Bonus Black History Month Fruit: Dr. Pauli Murray

February 18th, 2015


Get hip to Dr. Pauli Murray! Friend to the show Dr. Brittney Cooper calls her "the most important legal scholar you've never heard of." …

Strange Fruit #106: Author Frederick Smith on the Right Side of Storytelling

February 13th, 2015


Author Frederick Smith knew he wanted to be a writer since he was a little boy, watching soap operas in Detroit. But folks around him didn't …

PROMO: Coming up on Strange Fruit #106

February 13th, 2015


Coming up this weekend on Strange Fruit, Frederick Smith, author of "Play It Forward," talks about the importance of three-dimensional black and brown characters in literature, and his own path to becoming a …

Strange Fruit #105: TV That Shatters Stereotypes (and Porn that Reinforces Them)

February 6th, 2015


After spending January looking back at some of our favorite conversations, we're back this week with a brand new episode — and we have a lot of hot topics to catch up on! So this week, we're doing an …

Strange Fruit #104: Why Would Straight Men Sleep With Men?

February 6th, 2015


Everyone knows that gay men sleep with men, and straight men sleep with women. Right? On this week's show, we learn it’s not always that simple. Today we’re listening back to a conversation we had with Dr. Joe …

Strange Fruit #103: Janet Mock on What It Means to be a Real Model — Not a Role Model

January 9th, 2015


When you think about the current state of trans activism, the name Janet Mock is probably at the top of your mind. But there was a time when Mock was living a relatively low-profile life, working as a …

Strange Fruit 102: Darnell Moore Says, in Advocacy, the "Work Finds You"

January 9th, 2015


Throughout the month of January, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from the first 100 episodes of our show. Here's one of our favorites, a conversation with writer and activist Darnell Moore. …

Strange Fruit #101: "The Brother Size" Examines Freedom & Tradition at Actors Theatre

January 8th, 2015


Earlier this week, Actors Theatre began its run of a show called “The Brothers Size,” by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. “The Brothers Size” is part of McCraney’s trilogy, “The Brother/Sister Plays,” which …

Strange Fruit #100: Celebrating Our 100th Show!

January 2nd, 2015


It's our 100th episode! We're celebrating this week by looking back at our humble beginnings, and ahead to the future. This week you'll learn about some of the show titles we considered instead of Strange …

Strange Fruit #99: How Cabbage Patch Settlement House Helps Louisville's At-Risk Kids

December 28th, 2014


The Cabbage Patch Settlement House provides all kinds of programming for at-risk kids in Louisville—tutoring, clubs, sports, music, college …

Strange Fruit #98: Going Home Gay for the Holidays

December 19th, 2014


Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be stressful. For some queer folks, they also mean deciding whether to go home to a …

Bonus Fruit: Why are we called Strange Fruit?

December 19th, 2014


Last week, a PR firm in Austin, Texas came under fire for their use of the name Strange Fruit. This company was focused on promoting food & drink companies, did not have a social justice mission, and was …

Strange Fruit #97: Yasssss! 2014 Words of the Year on Fleek

December 12th, 2014


The end of 2014 is upon us, and that means every outlet is publishing Best-of lists. We weren't too impressed with the Wall Street Journal's …

Strange Fruit #96: Human Rights Campaign Study Finds Louisville above Average on LGBT Equality

December 8th, 2014


Louisville is looking pretty good this week! We recently got a 66% on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index—higher than the national average of 59%, and the highest rating of any city in …

Bonus Fruit: The Wall Street Journal's 15 Best Pop Culture Moments of 2014

December 8th, 2014


The Wall Street Journal's arts & entertainment blog, The Speakeasy, released its list of The 15 Best Pop Culture Moments of 2014. Some …

Strange Fruit Holiday Music Special!

November 26th, 2014


Thanksgiving is over, so now even the Scroogiest Fruitcakes have to admit it's not too early to put on some Christmas tunes! This week we …

Strange Fruit: Ferguson Special

November 25th, 2014


Councilwoman Attica Scott and attorney Lucie Brooks join us for a conversation about the Grand Jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. We also talk about media …

Strange Fruit 94: Making Dance Accessible to Louisville's Low Income Kids

November 22nd, 2014


"In the East End, there's dance everywhere. In the West End, you don't see that." John O. Keen, artistic director of Keen Dance Theater, is taking on the 9th Street Divide (and the race divide, and the economic …

Strange Fruit #93: “If It’s Funny, It’s Funny.” Wanda Sykes on Humor and Giving Back

November 15th, 2014


You know you've skirted a line when the White House officially distances itself from a joke you made at the Correspondents' Dinner. Wanda Sykes had that experience after suggesting that Rush Limbaugh was the …

PROMO: Strange Fruit #93

November 13th, 2014


Coming up on Saturday's show: Comedy legend Wanda Sykes! Plus, hip-hop scholar Mickey Hess, who co-authored a new biography of Ol' Dirty …

Strange Fruit #92: Advocating for the Rights of Deaf Prisoners

November 7th, 2014


"We call it a prison within a prison." That's how advocates describe the lives of incarcerated Deaf and hard of hearing people. The vast majority of correctional facilities have no ASL interpreters, and it's …

Strange Fruit #91: LMPD's Racial Profiling Study; Civil Rights Educator Professor john a. powelll

November 1st, 2014


Civil Rights educator john a. powell will be in Louisville on November 11th to deliver the 8th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, and he …

SF #90: African-American Poetry from 19th Century America, and Racialized Fear in Ebola Coverage

October 24th, 2014


This week in Juicy Fruit, we of course talk about Annie Lennox, who released a cover of the iconic Billie Holiday song "Strange Fruit" in …

Strange Fruit #89: Unpacking White Privilege. Plus, America's Favorite Desserts!

October 17th, 2014


In the late 1990's, feminist and anti-racist activist Peggy McIntosh described white privilege as "an invisible weightless knapsack of …

Strange Fruit #88: SCOTUS Does Everything By Doing Nothing; Raven-Symone & the Usefulness of Labels

October 10th, 2014


This week, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the marriage equality cases that were pending in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah. By doing so, they legalized same-sex marriage in many states …

Strange Fruit #88: Promo

October 10th, 2014


This week on Strange Fruit, Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman joins us to talk about this week's Supreme Court decision (or lack …

Ali Awards Red Carpet: Susan Sarandon

October 3rd, 2014


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Ali Awards Red Carpet: Kid President

October 3rd, 2014


Kid President is an internet celebrity!

Ali Awards Red Carpet: Matt Lauer

October 3rd, 2014


Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY since January 6, 1997. He joined TODAY in January 1994 as the show’s news anchor.

Ali Awards Red Carpet: Jim Brown

October 3rd, 2014


Football player and actor Jim Brown is best known for his record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He was also a supporter of Muhammad Ali's activism in …

Ali Awards Red Carpet: Holly Robinson Peete

October 3rd, 2014


Actress, author, and activist Holly Robinson Peete advocates for and writes about people living with Autism and Parkinson's disease. She's …

Ali Awards Red Carpet: William Mapother

October 3rd, 2014


Actor and Louisville native William Mapother has appeared in the films Born on the Fourth of July, and Magnolia, done extensive theater …

Ali Awards Red Carpet: Pamela Brown

October 3rd, 2014


Pamela Brown serves as a CNN Justice correspondent covering crime and justice issues, including law enforcement and the Supreme Court.

Ali Awards Red Carpet: Kennedy Odede, Thalia Leman, and Mastura Rashid

October 3rd, 2014


Kennedy Odede, age 29 of Kenya, received the Dedication honor for his Work with Shining Hope for Communities. Kennedy is the president and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO’s current …

Strange Fruit #87: Susan Sarandon, Janelle Monáe & the WWE's Damien Sandow

October 3rd, 2014


It's been a star-studded week for Team Strange Fruit! We spent some time recently on the red carpet at the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, where we got to chat with celebrities and honorees about …

Strange Fruit #86: Artist Turns Demolished Public Housing into... a Bee Sanctuary?

September 26th, 2014


It's Idea Festival time in Louisville, and that means cool people who do cool things descend on our city to talk about the things they're …

Strange Fruit #85: Mondo Guerra on HIV Awareness; the History of Black Musicians in Jug Band Music

September 19th, 2014


It's a busy weekend in Louisville! The Louisville AIDS Walk takes place this Sunday on the Belvedere, and one of this year's special guests is fashion designer Mondo Guerra. Mondo came out as HIV positive when …

How Louisville's Local 236 Fought for Racial Integration in the 1950s

September 15th, 2014


Labor historian Toni Gilpin will make two appearances in Louisville tomorrow to tell the little-known story of a local labor union that was ahead of its time. A local chapter of the United Farm Machinery …

SF #84: Journalist Chris Tomlinson Explores His Family's Relationship with Slavery & Its Legacy

September 13th, 2014


“There are black people in town who have the same last name as me, and I never thought about why that might be.” Author Chris Tomlinson says he hears that a lot while touring for his recent book, called …

Strange Fruit #83: TransGriot Monica Roberts; High School Poets Write about Identity

September 5th, 2014


You know her from her groundbreaking work as the TransGriot, and a frequent commentator on Strange Fruit. We know her as our Auntie Monica! Award-winning blogger Monica Roberts stopped by the Strange Fruit …

Strange Fruit #82: Trans Parenthood, Preventing Rape with Cosmetics, and Beyoncé's F-Word

August 29th, 2014


In many ways, Nick and Bianca Bowser are very typical parents. They have two children; Kai is three and Pax is one. "We are exhausted all the time," Nick laughs. "We both work at a bar, so we both work at …

Promo: Strange Fruit #82

August 29th, 2014


Nick Bowser and his wife Bianca are both transgender, and have made national headlines for following their own unique path to parenthood. …

Vintage Fruit: Does Your Mama Know? #TBT

August 28th, 2014


On our very first episode EVER (September, 2012), we talked about how, when someone comes out of the closet in the black community, the first thing people ask is, "Does your mama know?" Until a person is out to …

Bonus Fruit: Why It's Hard to Talk about Ferguson

August 28th, 2014


After our first show on Ferguson, we heard from a listener who said he "wanted to spend more time with you two hearing how you both felt and were dealing with the events of the week." In this bonus fruit, we …

Strange Fruit #81: Freedom Rides and Food Banks in Ferguson, Plus Throwing Shade at the Dictionary

August 22nd, 2014


It's been two weeks now since a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown, and the …

Promo: Strange Fruit #81

August 22nd, 2014


This week on Strange Fruit, UofL student Brina Joiner traveled to Ferguson, and stops by our studio to tell us what she saw there that we …

Strange Fruit #80: Hands Up Don't Shoot: Fear in Ferguson, and at Home

August 15th, 2014


Last Saturday, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown, multiple times, killing …

Promo: Strange Fruit #80

August 14th, 2014


This week on Strange Fruit, we speak with Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio, and Bridjes O'Neill of the St. Louis American, about …

Strange Fruit #79: Trans Women's Wisdom in "Letters for My Sisters"

August 11th, 2014


"If you could write just one letter to someone beginning transition or your younger pre-transition self, what would you say?" That's the …

Keith Brooks Describes Being the Target of Anti-Gay Attack in Norway

August 11th, 2014


Keith Brooks was waiting for a bus while on traveling in Oslo, Norway, when he was approached by two men who asked if he is gay. When he said yes, the men began to beat him, and a third man hit him with a …

Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work & the Importance of Preserving African American Classics

June 10th, 2014


Atlanta native Kenny Leon already had an impressive resume—and after Sunday night, he can add Tony Award winner. He took home the award for best direction for his work on "A Raisin in the Sun." (which also won …

Strange Fruit #78: "The New Black" film looks at Maryland's fight for marriage equality

June 2nd, 2014


Last week we were invited by the Muhammad Ali Center to host a talkback panel after a screening of The New Black, a film looking at how …

Strange Fruit #77: Rob Smith on Being Gay & Black in the Army During Don't Ask Don't Tell

May 19th, 2014


Our feature interview this week was with Rob Smith, whose new book, Closets, Combat, and Coming Out looks at life as a gay man in the military during the Don't Ask Don't Tell years. In November, 2011, Rob was …

Strange Fruit #76: Who is an American? Jose Antonio Vargas on the Undocumented Experience

May 12th, 2014


On this week's show, we talked to journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas about his latest film, Documented, his organization, Define American, and his experience as an undocumented person living in the …

Strange Fruit #75: Donald Sterling's Plantation Mentality; PornHub Gives Wood

May 6th, 2014


Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of …

Strange Fruit #73: Violinist Tona Brown Will Be First Trans Woman of Color at Carnegie Hall

April 21st, 2014


This Summer during New York's Pride celebration, violinist and opera singer Tona Brown will become the first trans woman of color ever to …

Strange Fruit #72: Cirque du Soleil Takes Michael Jackson's Work on World Tour

April 14th, 2014


For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments. "When I found out MJ died, Jai was with me in the car, and I …

Strange Fruit #71: Jalin Roze on Hip Hop & Social Change; Fly Young Red Brings Exposure to Queer Rap

April 7th, 2014


This week we spoke with local hip hop artist Jalin Roze, who was recently announced as part of the lineup for this year's Forecastle Festival. We talked to Jalin about hip hop's place in young people's lives, …

Strange Fruit #69: "Good Luck with That" Filmmaker Chuck Deuce; the Gentrification Dilemma

March 19th, 2014


Chuck MF Deuce is a fixture on our Louisville hip hop scene, writing, performing and producing with Skyscraper Stereo. But he recently …

Strange Fruit #68: Politini on theGriot Hosts Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills

March 10th, 2014


To say Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills are busy would be like Jaison calling Michael Sams okay-looking. They're the founders of a a policy …

Strange Fruit #67: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville

March 4th, 2014


LGBTQ and feminist activist Urvashi Vaid will deliver the Minx Auerbach Lecture Tuesday night at the University of Louisville. She joined us this week to share a little about her speech, called “Winning the …

Strange Fruit #66: Meet the Attorneys on KY's Same-Sex Marriage Case; Jordan Davis Murder Trial

February 24th, 2014


This week on Strange Fruit, we're joined in the studio by Dan Canon and Laura Landenwich, two of the attorneys who litigated Kentucky's

Strange Fruit #65: KY's Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Essay Explores James Baldwin's Paris

February 18th, 2014


As we were going into the studio to record this week's episode, news came down that a court ruling had been announced, possibly shaping the …

Strange Fruit #64: African-American Voices in Classical Music

February 10th, 2014


We're celebrating Black History Month on Strange Fruit, and so is our sister station, Classical 90.5. Their series, African-American Voices, …

Strange Fruit #63: Reclaiming the Story of African Americans in Appalachia; Black History Month!

February 3rd, 2014


The seldom-told story of African Americans in Appalachia has been on our minds since a few weeks ago when we spoke to Kentucky Poet Laureate …

Strange Fruit #62: Trans* Students in Louisville; Historical Context for the "Black Woman Chair"

January 27th, 2014


This week, we're joined by WFPL's Devin Katayama. Devin covers the education beat for the station, and he sat down with us to talk about his …

Strange Fruit # 61: Poet Laureate Frank X Walker on Social Justice Through Poetry

January 21st, 2014


Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evars has garnered Kentucky's Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker, a nomination for an NAACP Image Award. He calls this book of 49 poems his finest work to date, and says it …

Strange Fruit #60: Keith McGill Directs Comedy on Sex in Middle Age; Trans Leaders on Katie Couric

January 13th, 2014


Louisville comedian Keith McGill has been one of our favorite people since he was first on the show last year to talk about his work in a local production of TopDog/Underdog. That play explored themes of black …

Strange Fruit #59: Going Home Gay for the Holidays

December 23rd, 2013


Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be stressful. For some LGBTQ people, Christmas also means deciding whether to go home …

Strange Fruit #58: Filmmaker Michael Wolfe on Muslims in America

December 16th, 2013


Documentary filmmaker Michael Wolfe is probably not the image that comes to mind when most people think "Muslim." In fact, he's a …

Strange Fruit #57: LGBTQ People of Color in the Workplace

December 9th, 2013


The idea that working hard leads to success is a popular narrative in the United States, but a new report shows it's not that simple - …

Strange Fruit #55: Legendary Ballroom Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin

November 23rd, 2013


_"My images try to show a more personal and intimate beauty, pride, dignity, courage, and grace that have been painfully challenged by …

Strange Fruit #54: 'Eenie Meanie' Examines Baby Boomer Racism & Louisville Busing Riots

November 16th, 2013


"These buses came back from the West End with these little kids on them, and they were crying, there were windows knocked out. They had been beaten with baseball bats, they had been called every horrible racial …

Strange Fruit #53: Remaking 'Roots,' UofL's LGBTQ Center, and What's in a 'Black' Name?

November 9th, 2013


Around this time last year, we spoke with Dr. Stephanie Budge about the challenges faced by LGTBQ folks during the holidays - specifically …

Strange Fruit #52: 'Tracking Fire' Documentary Tells Story of Deadly Anti-LGBTQ Attack in 1973

November 4th, 2013


It's one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ people in U.S. history - and even if you're an activist or scholar, there's a good chance you've …

Strange Fruit #51: Racist Halloween Costumes & Butch Queens Up in Pumps

October 26th, 2013


If you've never been to a ball, you don't know what you're missing - but Dr. Marlon Bailey's book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps, is probably the …

Strange Fruit #49: "The Book of Matt" author Stephen Jimenez

October 12th, 2013


Stephen Jimenez went to Laramie, Wyoming in 2000, to write a screenplay about the murder of Matthew Shepard. He expected to be researching fairly open-and-shut case which had almost immediately become the …

Strange Fruit #48: A Conversation with Trans Activist Janet Mock

September 28th, 2013


Writer and activist Janet Mock was living a successful life, working as a journalist, outside the spotlight, until a friend recommended her …

Strange Fruit #47: Meet Gert McMullen, Original Seamstress of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

September 21st, 2013


To speak to Gert McMullen about the origins of the AIDS Memorial Quilt is to go back to a scary, sad time in LGBTQ history: San Francisco in …

Strange Fruit #46: Locs of Love from Dr. Yaba Blay

September 14th, 2013


Earlier this month, 7-year-old Tiana Parker was told that her locs were considered an unacceptable hairstyle in her African-American charter …

Strange Fruit #45: Why Would Straight Men Sleep With Men? Plus, Fairness in Frankfort!

September 7th, 2013


This week, Frankfort became the fifth Kentucky city to pass a fairness ordinance, protecting LGBTQ folks from discrimination! We talk about …

Strange Fruit #44: Some of My Best Friends...: Interracial Friendship in America

September 1st, 2013


How multi-racial is your circle of friends? Are any of your close friends of a different race than yours? Not the lady who works down the …

Strange Fruit #43: Linguistic Reclamation, Weaves in Church, and Louisville Humorist Tracy Clayton

August 24th, 2013


Lately, many mainstream (read: white) media outlets have taken notice of Black Twitter. Often their approach seems almost anthropological. …

Strange Fruit #42: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

August 17th, 2013


Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been called the next August Wilson. Maybe that can be partially attributed to the fact that there are …

Strange Fruit #41: Film Examines Guatemala's Breakdancing Culture; Orange is the New Juicy

August 10th, 2013


This week we meet Coury Deeb, founder and director of Nadus Films. The Louisville filmmaker's latest film, Bboy for Life, takes us into …

Strange Fruit #40: Don Lemon Says Don't Litter!

August 3rd, 2013


While we spent the week celebrating Jai's birthday and recovering from EOY, CNN's Don Lemon was busy making people mad and agreeing with Bill O'Reilly. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we deconstruct his …

Strange Fruit #39: New Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism

July 27th, 2013


Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less …

Strange Fruit #38: The Zimmerman Verdict

July 20th, 2013


It's been a week since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. Most of us have spent this week reflecting, arguing, thinking, protesting, writing, organizing, praying, and unfriending people …

Strange Fruit #37: Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration

July 13th, 2013


Judging by political rhetoric alone, you might think immigration is a bigger issue now than ever before. But in his book, Global Crossings: …

Strange Fruit #31: Urmi Basu of New Light India; Kaitlyn Hunt, Statutory Rape & Queer Relationships

June 1st, 2013


Activism runs in Urmi Basu's family; her grandfather was a doctor who set up a school for dalit children (India's untouchable caste) in his …

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