I just listened to This American Life on the radio. I am continually amazed at just how good this show is. They find so many compelling stories.
This week, Ira Glass interviewed Gene Cheek, who wrote a memoir, The Color of Love: A Mother's Choice in the Jim Crow South.
In the early 1960s, Cheek's divorced mother fell in love with Tuck, a black man. They lived in a small town in North Carolina, and the miscegenation laws were still on the books. They dated clandestinely, but eventually their relationship become known. The police would stop by regularly to harass them. After she had a baby by Tuck, her …continue.