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Feb 6, 2017

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize–winning national reporter for the Washington Post who covers law enforcement and justice. He was the paper’s lead reporter in Ferguson, Missouri, covering the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of police shootings. His reporting has previously appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Wesley's Episode Outline:

05:06 Did growing up and attending Shaker Heights High School and Ohio University have an impact your decision to become a journalist?
07:30 Why did you write this book [They Can't Kill Us All]?
09:10 Why did you accept the request to go to Ferguson?
12:10 What was it like for you, as a young reporter, trying to simply do your job and report on what had been happening, when those officers arrested you?
13:40 Did you feel a greater sense of connection to the people in Ferguson and what they'd been experiencing then?
16:00 What's been your biggest frustrations with the media, as it relates to racial justice movement?
18:26 As best you can, could you explain why you believe the black lives matter movement was started?
23:10 What good do you believe has come from this movement so far that might not have otherwise?
26:30 What should we be doing collectively within not only the black community, but also as a nation, to improve the national reception to the social injustices we are seeing?
28:00 Thoughts on how the Trump Administration will help or hurt this movement?
29:42 Do you plan to remain as actively involved in the coming years?

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