Written by Brent Glass and Giovanna Phipps
What we're listening to: “Bryan Stevenson on How America Can Heal,” from The Grey Area with Steven Illing focuses on the confrontation the US must have with its own history. Guest Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative as well as a clinical professor at the New York University School of Law. He is also the founder of one of the most provocative and important new museums in the USA called the The Legacy Musuem: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. The podcast’s themes of truth and reconciliation are the focal point of this episode – specifically, Stevenson emphasizes the question: “What is a healthy relationship for a society to have with its own history?” This conversation asks the listener to confront their own personal relationship with their history as well as looking from the perspective of a member of American society. Stevenson notes that our biggest problem is that a large part of our population is not adequately educated about the realities of the past three hundred years. To learn more, listen wherever you get your podcasts.