This podcast examines the complex life and inner monologue of Bigger Thomas in Richard Right’s 1940 novel, Native Son. This podcast uses a playlist as a vehicle through which it will circumnavigate the racially-driven marginalization that confines Bigger and the Thomas family to Chicago’s Black Belt in the 1930’s. 

Contributors to this episode are Maya Wohlfahrt, Tory Dunkley, Jessica Terceros, and Alexanda Mantella of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University.

Songs in this podcast include: Mead Lux Lewis-“Honky Tonk Train Blues”; TOBi-“City Blues”*; Lauryn Hill-Black Rage (Sketch)*; Syl Johnson-Is it because I’m Black?”; Kendrick Lamar-Alright*; Bob Marley & The Wailers-“War”; Nina Simone-“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Timothy Wellbeck-“Souls of Black Folk (feat. Dozzy Daniel)”; Moses Sumney “Power?”; Odetta-“‘Buked and Scorned”

*denotes explicit content