Exploring the wide range of voices throughout our societies poses interesting questions. The sound of someone’s voice can be both a bridge and a barrier when it comes to understanding and experiencing racism. While we might think that our interpretations of sound are natural, in reality, advertising and radio have played large parts in determining our images of the “American Voice” and what is acceptable in the general market.
In this episode, we chat with Jennifer Stoever, who’s research encapsulates the intersection of audio with race. Her latest book, The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Politics of Listening, offers insight into how racism can be seen as a sonic construct.
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Host: Steve Keller