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Oprah Winfrey and author Isabel Wilkerson, take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste, featured in the Oprah’s Book Club selection "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents."

Oprah Winfrey and author Isabel Wilkerson, take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste, featured in the Oprah’s Book Club selection "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents."

 

#9

Caste: Pillar 8

Part seven of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers of the book,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.The penultimate episode in the eight-part series focuses on the eighth and final pillar of Caste,"Inherent Superiority Versus Inherent Inferiority” which describes howthe dominant caste were conditioned to believethat one group is superior and inherently deserving of the best in a given society. Isabel also explores whythe dominant cast believes thosedeemed lowest are deserving of their plight.David Holt, mayor of Oklahoma City, joins Oprah, Isabel and other guests to discuss how the caste system has impacted his city. ... Read more

01 Oct 2020

49 MINS

49:05

01 Oct 2020


#8

Caste: Pillars 6 & 7

Part six of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers of the book,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.The sixth episode in the eight-part series focuses on the sixth pillar of Caste, “Dehumanization and Stigma” andthe seventh pillar,“Terror as Enforcement, Cruelty as a Means of Control.”Isabel explains how dehumanization is the fundamental leveler that allows everything else in the caste system tooccur.Plus,how terror through lynching and brutality has been and continues to be used to keep the subordinate caste in its place.Melba Patillo Beals, one of the originalLittle Rock Nineschool children who integrated the very first high school in Arkansas in 1957, recounts the horrific details of a lynching she witnessed when she was five years old. ... Read more

29 Sep 2020

30 MINS

30:57

29 Sep 2020


#7

Caste: Pillar Five

Part five of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers ofthe book,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.The fifth episode in the eight-part series focuses on the fifth pillar of Caste, “Occupational Hierarchy.”Isabel explores how the subordinate caste are often relegated to menial forms of labor, which further cements their place in the bottom rung of society in the eyes of the dominant caste. We’ll hear from an executive from a major tech company, a manager who is in charge of recruiting new employees and a high school principal. ... Read more

24 Sep 2020

36 MINS

36:06

24 Sep 2020


#6

Caste: Pillar Four

Part four of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers ofthe book,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.The fourth episode in the eight-part series focuses on the fourth pillar of Caste, “Purity Versus Pollution.”Isabel explains how the caste systemkeeps groups separate for the protection of the “purity” of the dominant caste against the pollution of the “subordinate” caste.Oprah, Isabel and guests talk about the heartbreaking story of Al Bright, a nine year old Black child who was shamed when barred from sharing a pool with his little league baseball teammates 1951. We’ll hear from one of Al’s best friends who knew him at the time of the incident. ... Read more

22 Sep 2020

51 MINS

51:39

22 Sep 2020


#5

Caste: Pillar Three

Part three of Oprah’s discussion withPulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readersofthe book,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.The third episode in the eight-part series focuses on the third pillar of Caste,"Endogamy and theControl of Marriage and Mating."Isabel explores America’s violent history of keeping romantic relationships and family systems within the confines of a given caste as a means of control.We hear questions andan emotional story from a mixed-race couple who faced great adversity when they were married in 1966. ... Read more

17 Sep 2020

30 MINS

30:15

17 Sep 2020


#4

Caste: Pillar Two

Part two of Oprah’s discussion withPulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers about the book,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.Thesecond episode in the eight-part series focuses on the second pillar of Caste, “Heritability”;the idea that permanent rank in society is inherited and passed down through ancestry. Special guestAcademy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker joins the conversation.Oprah and Isabel respond to questions and comments from readers on the second pillar. ... Read more

15 Sep 2020

35 MINS

35:35

15 Sep 2020


#3

Caste: Pillar One

Oprah and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson discuss her newest work and Oprah’s Book Club pick,Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.In episode one of the eight part series, Oprah and Isabel consider the first pillar of Caste as outlined in the book, "Divine Will and the Laws of Nature.” Seventeen readers from all walks of life join in the discussion as Isabel answers questions about how God and religion were used to justify the caste system in the United States. ... Read more

10 Sep 2020

33 MINS

33:50

10 Sep 2020


#2

Caste: Isabel Wilkerson

The premiere episode of Oprah’s eight-part conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson on her latestworkand Oprah’sBookClubselection,Caste: The Origins of ourDiscontents.Oprah and Isabel discuss what called her to writeCaste, how society needs a new way to talk about racism and why Oprah saysCasteis one of the most profound books she’s ever read. ... Read more

08 Sep 2020

36 MINS

36:01

08 Sep 2020


#1

Introducing: Oprah's Book Club

Oprah Winfrey and author Isabel Wilkerson, take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste, featured in the Oprah’s Book Club selection "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents." ... Read more

08 Sep 2020

00 MINS

00:48

08 Sep 2020