Smarty Pants Podcast

A New Story for Black Americans


Plus: secrets of political conventions and the alchemy of crowdsourced poetry

From The Way of the Writer, forthcoming from Scribner on December 6

By Stephanie Bastek

August 9, 2016



Charles Johnson questions the stories we tell ourselves about black America, eight years after President Obama’s election; Barry Goldstein gives us the inside scoop on covering the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions; and David Lehman explains the alchemical reactions of crowdsourced poetry.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Charles Johnson’s original 2008 essay, “The End of the Black American Narrative”
• David Lehman’s “Next Line, Please” blog
• Barry Goldstein’s portraits from the conventions

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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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