Posted on November 29, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Slate’s podcast One Year is neither new nor fully literary.

But we stumbled upon it and one particular episode from last season that seemed to fit our theme well.

That episode: “Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley.”

It explores not just the cultural phenomenon of the show (and book that inspired it), but also how Haley came to write the book … and how some came to question his work.

(Bonus: Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton, who burst onto the acting scene as Kunta Kinte, chimes in!)

You can listen to “Roots: The Saga of Alex Haley” at Slate.

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