Yance Ford's Strong Island is a, well, actually it's a flinching look at the injustice of grief and loss, and guest Mark Blankenship is here to take us through its elements of Greek tragedy as Ford memorializes his murdered brother. Then we contemplate the life and death of Sam Cooke in two very different shows, American Masters and Mysteries & Scandals.
The New Yorker's review of Strong Island
Muhammad Ali's rendition of "The Gang's All Here"
The Confession Tapes And Unraveled
First-time guest Anna Beth Chao joined Sarah D. Bunting in a horrified binge-watch of The Confession Tapes, a new series on old cases that convicted "killers" based on false confessions. How does this keep happening? Why do juries keep believing them? And when we will learn from the West Memphis Three? Later, Unraveled introduces us to better-than-normal re-enactments (and can afford to pay Jim Clemente for talking-head interviews) as we look at the Gary Plauche case out of Baton...
Biggie: The Life Of Notorious B.I.G. And Gesualdo: Death For Five Voices
Legends of hip-hop and the Italian Renaissance as Mark Blankenship joins us for an all-music episode!