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When History And Pop Culture Collide

It's common for Americans to learn about history through Hollywood movies and literary works of fiction. But popular culture can distort our perceptions of historical events -- merging what's real with what's dramatized, and causing problems with sensitive subjects such as slavery and the Civil War. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian/journalist and award-winning film scholar/playwright join Kojo to explore what happens when pop culture collides with history.

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