Ku Klux Kounty

Plus, tall tales from Claude Monet and Betty MacDonald



Patrick Phillips recounts the ugly history of a southern county that brutally expelled its African-American residents and remained entirely white for most of the 20th century; Ross King reveals some of Claude Monet’s more unusual painting habits, including his obsession with a certain flower; and Paula Becker introduces the memoir of a beloved American children’s book author.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Read more about Forsyth in Patrick Phillips’s new book, Blood at the Root
• Watch Oprah Winfrey’s televised 1987 visit to Forsyth County, Georgia
• Take a virtual tour of the Musée de l’Orangerie’s rooms of the Water Lilies
• Read The Seattle Times’s review of Betty MacDonald’s memoirs on the 50th anniversary of her final memoir’s publication

Tune in every two weeks to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

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


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