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It's aSundaymorning, in a sunny, suburban kitchen. Barb is making breakfast for her husband, Walt. Their children, Jack and Jill, are busy writing a play. When Barb and Walt disagree over a seemingly innocuous piece of blueberry toast, the veneer of their polished existence begins to crack and what's underneath might eatthemfor breakfast.
We talk withMary Laws, creator ofBlueberry Toast, a powerful, whimsical, funny and disturbing play, currently at theEcho Theater.
The Other Slavery
On the occasion of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we'll hear more of an interview I did withAndres Resendez, author of The Other Slavery, The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.
Resendez tells the little-known story of the enslavement of countless native people in the Americas, including the US. This slavery lasted into the 20th Century, and was particularly brutal in California, where whole peoples were enslaved.
The forced labor of native people helped provide the foundation for the US economy. This is an essential part of the history of the development of capitalism, and a history that has been unknown, or relegated to a few scattered scholarly papers, accessible to only a few.