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For Ryan Speedo Green, it was a long and unlikely journey from solitary confinement to the grand stage at the Metropolitan Opera. Green, a 30-year-old bass-baritone, made his debt at the Met in Puccin's "La Bohème" this fall.
It was a goal he set for himself many years ago, growing up in difficult socioeconomic conditions in southeastern Virginia. His remarkable story is chronicled in the new book, "Sing For Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family," by Daniel Bergner.
For our ongoing series, "Uncomfortable Truths: Confronting Racism in America," WNYC's Rebecca Carroll sat down with Green and Bergner to talk about race in America, particularly in post-Trump America.
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