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I Am America



Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents stories, essays, and poems, and speeches celebrating America’s diversity and wealth of stories, at a time when we need to know we are together, even when we are apart. The first three were featured as part of an evening at Symphony Space celebrating the anthology It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, edited by Jonathan Santlofer.

An aging father ponders his life in Elizabeth Strout’s “The Walk,” read by Ellen Burstyn. The whole country’s talking in Susan Minot’s “Listen,” read by Jennifer Ikeda and Khris Lewin. Julia Alvarez faces prejudice and finds her voice in “Speak! Speak!” read by Selenis Leyva, and in the final portion of the show, Henry Louis Gates introduces works by 19th-century African-American women writers.

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