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Stories of Identity and Courage and RAGBRAI Returns-The Exchange 07/21/21

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The week on The Exchange, we tell stories of people and groups who have searched from their place in the world and found it.  

But first, we preview RAGBRAI as it returns to the road after being sidelined last year by the coronavirus pandemic.  This year, the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa begins in Le Mars.  We talk with one of the local organizers. Mitch Christoffel helps chair the local committee.

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Tim Lennon as a boy in Sioux City, courtesy of snapnetwork.org/tim_lennon_profile

Sioux City native Tim Lennon has spent several years fighting for the Roman Catholic Church to address priest abuse of children. Lennon was abused by a priest when he was 12 years old, something he did not dlsclose until 50 years later.  Lennon is officially  stepping down as president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — known as “SNAP.”after a decade.  I talked with Lennon about the progress made by SNAP and legal system.

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Tim Lennon of SNAP

  In the summer of 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, and there is a new book out about the battle over gay marriage in the United States.

Author Sasha Issenberg explored the topic for his new book “The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage”.  He speaks with Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer.

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Siouxland Pride Alliance is hosting its annual "Pride Prom" for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+) youth and their allies on July 24. Sheila Brummer talks with the co-founder of the alliance, Karen Mackey.

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  Finally we hear the stories of two women who blazed inspiring and unusual paths. One is a transgendered woman originally from Omaha, and the other was more born more than 100 years ago, and became the personal librarian to one of the richest men in America.

We talk with Precious Brady-Davis about her new memoir. We also speak with the authors of a new historical novel about Bell de Acosta Green. Green was born black, but passed as white to become a powerful woman in the art world. Victoria Christopher Murray and Marie Benedict talk about Green's life and accomplishments.

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