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This week, writer Rufi Thorpe joins Eric and Medaya to discuss her latest novel, The Knockout Queen. Rufi, Eric, and Medaya talk about love and violence in American culture, as well as our failed systems of justice. They also discuss RuPaul’s Drag Race, and the beauty of friendships, which brings one of our hosts to tears.

Also, Felicia Angeja Viator, author of To Live and Defy in LA, returns to recommend Hari Kunzru’s novel White Tears.