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Podcast review: “Southlake”

The kids are not alright.

Hosts: Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton
NBC News

The kids are not alright. Local schools have become a battleground. Adults are misbehaving across the country at school board meetings — protesting safety measures, curriculum, and the narratives we teach about our nation’s history.

The kids are not alright.

Southlake, Texas, is a suburb of Dallas, and the community is going through its own season of conflict. This is a story about belonging and narrative, about how to nurture community with people whose experience is different than yours. This six-part podcast series focuses on one community that seemed ideal in many ways, until a viral video started a conversation that led to contentious elections and new perspectives.

Southlake is not alone. Many communities are discerning new narratives after George Floyd’s murder was the catalyst for a national racial reckoning. In Richmond, we are grappling with our own messy history after watching the Civil War monuments and pedestals come down. In the church, we are discerning new ways to gather and serve. How do we understand our history? How do we re-create community with new tenderness? Listen to the story of one community in Texas to gain perspective on your own.

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