Sherman Alexie

Author, poet, filmmaker Sherman Alexie has been an articulate, outspoken artistic voice in the Native American community for over 20 years. His collections of poetry and novels have received wide acclaim, including a 2007 National Book Award for his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie sits down with Sam for a raw, funny, political, and often emotional conversation about growing up on a reservation, his extraordinary career, his sometimes fraught relationship with Native American critics, his frustrations with the Bernie Sanders movement, and the new generation of brown-skinned activists taking up the mantle.

Music for the show by Vanilla.

Original illustration by Krishna Shenoi.

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