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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Do you want to dive into a new book? Craving to get lost in a captivating podcast or TV show? The Women and the Law Division's #IMHO has just what you're looking for! Meet Victoria Calhoon, chair of the IndyBar Women and the Law Division. We can’t think of a better way to kick off our #IMHO recommendations for May!

"Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. I listened to "Caste" and there were countless times I was saying out loud (to no one but myself), “wow,” or “I had no idea.” Based on her research, Wilkerson draws parallels between the Hindu caste system in India, the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust and the experience of Black Americans throughout the United States’ history. Comparisons of the Civil War Confederacy monuments and how Germany has tackled its history with the Holocaust were particularly sad/difficult/important for me to read. It is not a breezy beach read, but it’s a book I am very glad to have read.

In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson hosted by Julia Sweig from ABC. I recently finished this podcast, which centers around Lady Bird Johnson’s audio diaries that she started the week after President Kennedy was shot and covers the five years of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency. Mrs. Johnson was a more powerful partner to her husband than I had realized in my American History classes. It was engaging to hear her describe the struggles President Johnson had with his role as President and the multiple national tragedies/challenges the Johnsons navigated (some better than others). There are times when the host calls out instances of revisionist history in Mrs. Johnson’s diaries, so there is more to this podcast than simply Lady Bird’s point-of-view. If you are looking for a history-focused podcast, I recommend adding this to your “to listen” queue.

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