Finding family, and tragedy, in the heartland: Detour Podcast

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  • Published on June 9, 2022
  • Last Updated March 10, 2023
  • In Podcasts

Hear Rochelle Fritsch, the subject of DETOUR’s animated documentary on whitewashing in Missouri, tell her family’s story in her own words.

DETOUR’s publisher, Ron Stodghill, and NPR’s Kristofor Husted discuss how Ron came to know of Rochelle Fritsch’s story, and then Kristofor goes to Milwaukee to meet Rochelle to unpack how and why her family moved there generations ago from Pierce City, Missouri.

This story was created by Detour, a journalism brand focused on the best stories in Black travel, in partnership with McClatchy’s The Charlotte Observer and Miami Herald. Detour’s approach to travel and storytelling seeks to tell previously under-reported or ignored narratives by shifting away from the customary routes framed in Eurocentrism. The detour team is made up of an A-list of award-winning journalists, writers, historians, photographers, illustrators and filmmakers.

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