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The Real Dr. King with Jonathan Eig

interviews Jun 02, 2023

Today on Here’s Where It Gets Interesting, Sharon talks with Jonathan Eig, the author of the new Martin Luther King Jr. biography, King: A Life. Eig spent six full years researching and writing about King’s life. He shares countless moments and pieces of King’s story that get left out of the general image we have of the I Have a Dream preacher. He also argues that, through honoring the Civil Rights activist with a holiday and through flashy quotes and merch like mugs and tees, we lose sight of the real King and his radicalism.


Special thanks to our guest, Jonathan Eig, for joining us today. Find King: A Life here.

Hosted by: Sharon McMahon

Guest: Jonathan Eig

Executive Producer: Heather Jackson

Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

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About the Guests: 

Jonathan Eig is the bestselling author of Ali: A Life, winner of a 2018 PENAmerica Literary Award and a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize. He also served as a senior consulting producer for the PBS series Muhammad Ali. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award. Eig’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have been listed among the best of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

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