Cece and Anthony are joined this month by writer and professor Susan Muaddi Darraj. Susan discusses her essay, “No Shame in Our Game,” about the stigma of community colleges (4:45); being a first-generation college student and how that informs her teaching (9:00); navigating the publishing industry (13:00); and her new children’s chapter book, and the lack of diversity in that genre (18:00). In the Pop! section, the trio discuss Billy Porter winning an Emmy (26:33), ) Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show (30:45), MacArthur Grant Winners (34:15), and gender-neutral Mattel dolls (36:00). In the Bang! section, the three answer a pair of existential OkCupid questions (38:30).
Susan Muaddi Durraj
“No Shame in Our Game” community college essay
Farrah Rocks Fifth Grade
Billy Porter on men wearing dresses
MacArthur Grant Winners
Mattel Creatable Worlds
Toni Morrison's influence on the publishing industry
Susan's Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly
"Black Kids Don't Want to Write about Harriet Tubman All The Time"
Billy Porter's Emmy Acceptance Speech