Episode 21: Halloween Unmasked

We’re creepin’ it real this week, carving into the strange, occasionally racist past—and even stranger, COVID-haunted present—of this autumnal ritual. Lots to unwrap here, including the fact that many Americans have religious or other reasons not to celebrate Halloween. Especially this year, when real life is scary enough, let’s treat everybody with kindness, care and respect. 

Here’s a link to WVXU reporter Tana Weingartner’s story on how to celebrate Halloween safely during the pandemic.

And here’s a link to an NPR story on how to avoid cultural appropriation, racial stereotypes and other offensive Halloween costumes.

The podcasters:

  • Jordan Polk (host), University of Cincinnati
  • Alex Bentley, University of Cincinnati/Transition and Access Program
  • Jada Keaton, University of Cincinnati
  • Joyeuse Muhorakeye, Aiken H.S.
  • Enock Sadiki, Aiken H.S.
  • Pomossene Mugashi, Aiken H.S.
  • Keshawn Townsend, Aiken H.S.

Theme music by Noah Hawes, of Elementz