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July 24, 2013

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'Writing' by Zhang Xiaogang
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‘Let’s Write Through This Moment’

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Playwright Nicole Anderson Cobb explores race and violence through her work. And since last week’s Trayvon Martin verdict and President Obama’s comments connecting Martin’s experiences to his own, Anderson Cobb has been thinking about where we, as a country, are.

In this conversation with host Dick Gordon, she says that in the wake of the verdict, too much attention has been paid to the African American community. “What I was really interested in hearing,” she says, “is having people from other communities say what they’re going to do to make sure that our children are not shot in this fashion in the future.

A week before the Martin verdict, Anderson Cobb started a competition for playwrights to reflect on gun violence in American life. It’s called The First Annual GunPlay(s) Competiton, and she says she’s been surprised at the volume of submissions she’s received. She reads some excerpts.

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“Mami Gato” by Medeski, Martin & Wood

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