Jeffrey Wright & Uncle Tom's Cabin

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This week in Studio 360, two contrarian takes on black history. Jeffrey Wright is stealing this season of Boardwalk Empire as a black empowerment leader who sidelines as a murderous gangster. And in American Icons, we explore Uncle Tom’s Cabin, asking how the saintly hero Uncle Tom became a race traitor. Plus, Kurt Andersen speaks with novelist Alice McDermott about the loss of faith in an Irish-American family, and a 500-year-old piece of music becomes very new again.