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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Jul 1, 2021

Ellen and William Craft, both born into slavery, came up with an ingenious plan to win their freedom in 1848. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly talk about their four-day excursion evading slave catchers, and question why history about Black Americans has some white people all riled up and frothing at school board meetings.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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