MPR segment on politics of telling other peoples’ stories

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Shannon was on MPR News yesterday, discussing the complicated politics of telling stories that are not our own.

Here’s the blurb:

“The Hollywood blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of the rise (and decline) of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. was written by two white screenwriters. Does it matter that the screenwriters were white?

“Marianne Combs finds out whether authors and screenwriters should write narrative beyond their own cultural background. Discussing which novels and films worked, which didn’t, and why are Shannon Gibney, author of See No Color and Neal Justin, media critic for the Star Tribune.”

Listen to the segment here.

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