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Othersode #41: Black Lives Matter / Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered / Interview with Mary Kay McBrayer

Join the Book Squad as we discuss “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” an HBO docuseries that is more relevant than ever. We discuss the nature of the crimes, the racial tensions and violence plaguing Atlanta in the 1970s and 80s, the questionable “evidence,” and how well the series works as a whole. Next, Susan interviews Mary Kay McBrayer, author of the new book “America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster.” Then we dig into some listener feedback on “Devs” and update you on all the good stuff on the blog! Read “Mostly Dead Things” by Kristen Arnett for our next #bookpisode on June 15, and watch “Shirley” on Hulu for our next #othersode on June 29!


:00 – Black Lives Matter
1:20 – what’s your favorite doc?
13:01 – documentary summary and our previous experience with the case
28:39 – but why Wayne Williams?
39:54 – let’s talk about the KKK guy
50:20 – Maynard Jackson
54:17 – how does this function as a documentary?
1:01:12 – feelings about the series
1:04:00 – interview with Mary Kay McBrayer!
1:38:58 – listener feedback
1:44:39 – what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

Link to buy America’s First Female Serial Killer from Mango Publishing:

Resources to Fight Racial Injustice:

George Floyd Memorial Fund
Black Lives Matter
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Campaign Zero
Reclaim the Block petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor petition for Justice for George Floyd petition for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources:
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice:

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