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As goes the South, so goes the nation. It may be a cliché but according to this week’s guest it’s true. In South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, author and scholar Imani Perry makes the compelling argument that Americans need to stop dismissing the South if they’re ever going to understand our shared past or build an equitable future for this country. Intertwining analysis with conversations and stories from her journey across the region, Perry illustrates how the real, rebellious, and intensely creative people of the South have typically led the nation – in everything from food and dance to electric cars and civil rights. In this episode, Laura and Imani Perry look to the South for answers that will enlighten every American.