A Mother’s Fear For Her Black Son, Cultural Importance Of County Fairs

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File photo of the Winnebago County Fair.
File photo of the Winnebago County Fair. Ken Stein via Flickr (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Six years ago, a Wisconsin mother talked with WPR about the fears she had for her African-American son. She joins us today to talk about whether her feelings have changed since then. We also talk about the cultural importance of county fairs in Wisconsin and hear how they’re being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured in this Show

  • A Black Mother's Fears For Her Son

    In 2014, Takeyla Benton shared her fears for her Black son. We check in with her six years later to find out what has changed, for better or worse, and what her thoughts are at this critical point in American’s history. We also talk about why having places for people to share their personal stories is important.

  • The Value Of A County Fair To Communities

    Over 50 of the 75 state-aided fairs across Wisconsin have chosen to cancel, postpone or modify their 2020 fair event because of Covid-19 safety concerns. We take the focus off what can’t happen by talking about why county fairs are important to communities across the state, as well as hear your county fair memories.

Episode Credits

  • Kealey Bultena Host
  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Jen Rubin Guest
  • Takeyla Benton Guest
  • Pam Jahnke Guest

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