Alex Blumberg takes us to an American classroom where students are reading a classic, The
Education of Little Tree
, by Forrest Carter. The book is marketed as a simple homespun
autobiography of a Cherokee orphan. But public radio documentarian Joe Richman explains that
the book is not at all what it seems. The origins of the heartwarming tale of respect for nature and
tolerance, are actually filled with hatred, racism and lies. This story was produced by Joe Richman,
Sarah Kate Kramer and Samara Freemark of Radio Diaries
with help from Nellie Gilles, Deborah George, and Ben Shapiro.
Here's the Radio Diaries podcast
, where people can hear the original non-narrated version of this story.
And the Radio Diaries Kickstarter campaign