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In Ta-Nehisi Coates' new novel, memory is a superpower

Clip: 09/24/2019 | 7m 23s Video has closed captioning.

To make the case for reparations for the toll of slavery, acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has offered forceful advocacy and powerful data-driven argument. With his first novel, "The Water Dancer," he uses fiction to illuminate the Underground Railroad. Coates joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the difference between history and myth, and his protagonist's superpower.

Aired: 09/24/19

Rating: NR

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