Season 7, Episode 10 – Santi Elijah Holley, An American Family and the Nation They Created

Episode 73 – Santi Elijah Holley, An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created

In this episode Lissa talks with Santi Elijah Holley about his book An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created. An enlightening history of the rise and lasting impact of Black liberation groups in America, as seen through the Shakurs, one of the movement’s most prominent and fiercely creative families, home to Tupac and Assata, and a powerful incubator for today’s activism, scholarship, and artistry.

Season 7, Episode 9 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault, My People: Five Decades Writing About Black Lives

Episode 72 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault, My People

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an American civil rights activist, journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, CNN, and the Public Broadcasting Service. Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes were the first African-American students to attend the University of Georgia.

Season 7, Episode 8 – Shaun M. Anderson, The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter 

Episode 71 – Shaun M. Anderson, The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #Black Lives Matter

In this episode Lissa talks with Dr. Shaun M. Anderson, about his debut publication The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #Black Lives Matter (Rowman and Littlefield, 2023). The Black Athlete Revolt is the first book to take a historical and contemporary look at how Black athletes have used their influence to move beyond protests and create substantial change for Black Americans.

Season 7, Episode 7 – Pearl Cleage: Blues for an Alabama Sky

Episode 70 – Pearl Cleage, Blues for an Alabama Sky

In this episode Lissa talks with playwright and author Pearl Cleage about Blues for an Alabama Sky, her current work and references to inspirations and influencers including Langston Hughes, Stacey Abrams, Ntozake Shange, Viola Davis, audience development and more.

BONUS EpisodeDr. Clarence Lusane returns

Season 7, Episode. 6 – Wanda M. Morris: Anywhere You Run

Episode 69 – Wanda M. Morris, Anywhere You Run

Dripping with Southern atmosphere and blistering suspense, Wanda M. Morris’ sophomore outing proves she is a “writer to watch” (Publishers Weekly).  About ANYWHERE YOU RUN: It’s the summer of 1964 and three innocent men are brutally murdered for trying to help Black Mississippians secure the right to vote.

Season 7, Ep. 5 – Dr. Clarence Lusane: Twenty Dollars and Change

Episode 68 – Dr. Clarence Lusane, Twenty Dollars and Change

In Twenty Dollars and Change, Lusane offers a searing examination of what the fight to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill reveals about race, class, and social justice in America today.

Season 7, Ep. 4 – Megan Giddings: The Women Could Fly

Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads: Episode 67 – Megan Giddings, The Women Could Fly

Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times-a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.

Season 7, Ep. 3 – Playwright Lynn Nottage: Sweat

Episode 66 – Lynn Nottage, Sweat

In this episode Lynn Nottage speaks with BMR Host, Lissa Jones during the run of her play Sweat, performed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter. She is the first, and remains the only, woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice.

Season 7, Ep. 2 – Kristin Henning: The Rage of Innocence

Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads: Episode 65 -Kristin Henning, The Rage of Innocence

Kristin Henning is a nationally recognized legal scholar and activist in juvenile justice reform. As the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown, she advocates for reform in the juvenile and criminal legal systems to fight the criminalization of Black adolescence.

Season 7, Ep. 1 -Andrea Jenkins: The T Is Not Silent

Episode 64 -Andrea Jenkins, The T is Not Silent

Andrea Jenkins is the first Black transgender woman to be elected to public office in the United States. She was elected to the Minneapolis City Council with 73% of the vote. She is a poet, and an artist as well as a public official.

Special Edition: Team Up for Health Equity

Special Edition: Team Up for Health Equity with Bukata Hayes

In this Special Edition of Black Market Reads, in a live production at the Capri Theater, Lissa Jones sits down with Bukata Hayes to talk about the book he co-authored with Stacy Wells, and then hear from a panel of representatives Nneka Sederstrom/Chief Health Equity Officer Hennepin Health Care, Chaz Sandifer/CEO theNEWmpls, and R.T.

Season 6, Ep. 9 – Author Jayne Allen: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Episode 62 – Jayne Allen

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted  Like the lead character featured in her new novel Black Girls Must Die Exhausted, our guest today knows all about living life as a successful African American woman and self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur.”   This Harvard Law grad is a popular speaker, thought leader, seasoned business executive, and noted author who writes fiction under her chosen nom de plume, Jayne Allen.

Season 6, Ep. 8 – ‘Queen of Black Horror’ Tananarive Due on The Between

Episode 61 – Tananarive Due on Black Horror and The Between

Lissa speaks with Queen of Black Horror Tananarive Due on the re-release of her 1995 debut novel The Between. Due is a leading voice in Black speculative fiction, and teaches about Black horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is also the award-winning author of numerous books and executive produced Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.

Season 6, Ep. 7 – LaTanya McQueen on When the Reckoning Comes

Episode 60 – LaTanya McQueen

In this episode, we hear from LaTanya McQueen about her debut novel, When the Reckoning Comes which tells the story of Mira, a young Black woman, who travel’s home to attend the plantation wedding of a childhood friend and is forced to contend with the traumas of her own childhood – and the historical horrors tied to the place.

Season 6, Ep. 6 – Resmaa Menakem on Racialized Trauma and Somatic Abolitionism

Episode 59 – Resmaa Menakem

On this episode, Lissa sits down with Resmaa Menakem, the New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Resmaa is a therapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions a leadership consultancy where he works training business, community, and government leaders in the philosophy and practice of Somatic Abolitionism.

Season 6, Ep. 5 – Carol Anderson on The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

Episode 58 – Carol Anderson

On this episode we’re excited to present a conversation with author, historian, and educator Carol Anderson on her recent work The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. This conversation was recorded as part of a live virtual event in partnership with Magers & Quinn Booksellers  and Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis.

Season 6, Ep. 4 – Morgan Jerkins on her novel Caul Baby

Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads: Episode 57 – Morgan Jerkins on her debut novel Caul Baby

Essayist, memoirist, and, now, novelist Morgan Jerkins sits down with Lissa Jones. She discusses her inspirations for this story, both from her past (as a teenager she worked in her father’s OB/GYN practice) and present (she tells us her character Amara was inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris).

Season 6, Ep. 3 – Poet Javon Johnson

Episode 56 – Poet Javon Johnson

In this episode, Lissa speaks with Javon Johnson, about his new poetry collection, Ain’t Never Not Been Black (Button Poetry, 2020). Javon Johnson, Ph.D. is a poet, performer, professor and recipient of numerous awards. According to poet Rudy Francisco, Dr. Johnson is “is one of the most brilliant writers in the world”.

Season 6, Ep. 2 – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Black Minnesota poets in response to the murder of George Floyd with Mary Moore Easter and Bernard James

Episode 55 – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop with Mary Moore Easter and Bernard James

One of the defining events of the past year, in Minnesota and around the world, was the murder of George Floyd and the international protests demanding justice. In this episode, Lissa speaks with Mary Moore Easter, editor and poet, and James Bernard Short, a poet who lives near the intersection now known as George Floyd Square.

Season 6, Ep. 1 – Claudia Rankine

Episode 54 – Claudia Rankine

Launching season six of Black Market Reads, Lissa interviews author Claudia Rankine about her latest work Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020). For highlights from the interview, and to listen to past episodes visit http://www.blackmarketreads.com. If you like the show, leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts and tell a friend about the show!

Season 5, Ep. 10 – Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III on Afropessimism

Episode 53 – Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III

In this episode, author and scholar Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III on his latest work, Afropessimism. From his youth in Minneapolis to Apartheid South Africa and beyond, Dr. Wilderson has been a committed activist for radical social change. His creative, scholarly, and critical work has been published internationally.

Season 5, Ep. 9 – Author Carolyn Holbrook

Episode 52 – Carolyn Holbrook

Author Carolyn Holbrook discusses her latest work, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, a collection of essays published by the University of Minnesota Press (2020). She is the author of several works including Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys, as well as co-author of Hope in the Struggle the memoir of Dr. Josie Johnson.

Season 5, Ep. 8 – Ford Foundation President Darren Walker

Episode 51 – Darren Walker

In this episode, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker discusses his new book From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth, in which he grapples with the paternalistic roots of American philanthropy and envisions a new approach that seeks to address the causes of inequity, rather than the consequences.

Walker Art Center Artist Talk: Seph Rodney in conversation with Lissa Jones (LIVE)

Artist Talk: Seph Rodney and Lissa Jones in Conversation

Dr. Seph and Lissa Jones get to it on this premiere virtual edition of Black Market Reads Special thanks to Walker Art Center, Givens Foundation for African American Literature, and Platform Arts. iDream.tv production team: Paul Auguston Edie French Maya Auguston Soren Schoen

Season 5, Ep. 7 – Poet Justin Phillip Reed

Episode 50 – Justin Phillip Reed

In this episode, a conversation with poet and essayist Justin Phillip Reed about his new poetry collection, The Malevolent Volume (2020). His debut collection, Indecency (2018) won the National Book Award for poetry.

Season 5, Ep. 6 – Mapping Black Identities and Sounds of Blackness

Episode 49 – Mapping Black Identities and Sounds of Blackness

In celebration of Black History Month, Black Market Reads participated in an exciting event hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, featuring stunning performances from the Grammy Award-winning musical group Sounds of Blackness. In part one, recorded in the museum galleries, Lissa speaks with Esther Callahan and Keisha Williams, members of the curatorial team responsible for the Mapping Black Identities exhibit now on display at MIA.

Season 5, Ep. 5 – Historian Dr. William D. Green

Episode 48 – Dr. William D. Green

In this episode, Lissa speaks with historian Dr. William D. Green, whose works focus on the history of Black people in Minnesota, and specifically the ongoing struggle for civil rights. Dr. Green is a professor of history at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and serves as Vice President of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Season 5, Ep. 4 – Author J. Drew Lanham on his memoir The Home Place, featuring guest-host Michael Kleber-Diggs

Episode 47 – J.Drew Lanham

In this special episode, J. Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, speaks with guest-host poet and essayist, Michael Kleber-Diggs. The interview was recorded at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis in 2017. Lanham is an American author, poet and wildlife biologist.

Season 5, Ep. 3 – Remembering Toni Morrison at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival

Episode 46 – Remembering Toni Morrison at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival

In this episode, recorded live at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival, Lissa speaks with authors about the work, life, and legacy of Toni Morrison. The episode was recorded in partnership with Rain Taxi Review of Books. Featured in the episode: A. Rafael Johnson, Bethany C.

Season 5, Ep. 2 – Poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney

Episode 45 – Douglas Kearney

In this episode, Lissa sits down with the poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney.

Season 5, Ep. 1 – Author Kalisha Buckhanon

Episode 44 – Kalisha Buckhanon

In the Season 5 premier, Lissa sits down with author Kalisha Buckhanon to discuss her new novel Speaking of Summer (COUNTERPOINT, 2019). This episode was recorded live at an event hosted by Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis.

Season 4, Ep. 9 – Dr. Josie R. Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook, and Arleta Little

Episode 43 – Dr. Josie R. Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook, and Arleta Little

On this episode, Lissa sits down with civil rights icon Dr. Josie R. Johnson and her co-authors Carolyn Holbrook and Arleta Little to discuss Johnson’s memoir Hope in the Struggle. Dr. Josie R. Johnson has been an educator, activist, and public servant for more than seven decades.

Season 4, Ep. 8 – Author Emily Bernard

Episode 42 – Author Emily Bernard

In this episode, Lissa speaks with Author and Professor Emily Bernard about her debut collection of personal essays Black is the Body: stories from my grandmother’s time, my mother’s time, and mine (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019). Emily was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B. A. and Ph.

Season 4, Ep. 7 – Writer Debra J. Stone

Episode 41 – Debra J. Stone

Minnesota-based writer Debra J. Stone sits down with Lissa Jones for a wide-ranging conversation about writing the stories she wants to read, her upbringing in the Rondo Neighborhood and the Northside, and what it means to be a black woman who loves to bike and camp.

Season 4, Ep. 6 – Writer Ross Gay, Live at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis

Episode 40 – Ross Gay, Live from Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis

On this episode, a reading and interview with poet, essayist, educator and avid gardener Ross Gay.  Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which was awarded the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Season 4, Ep. 5 – Poet Danez Smith

Episode 39 – Danez Smith

On this episode of Black Market Reads, the acclaimed poet Danez Smith. Smith is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry: 2014’s [insert] boy which was awarded the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry; and their most recent collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, published by Graywolf Press in 2017, which was winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Season 4, Ep. 4 – Remembering Ntozake Shange; with Sarah Bellamy, Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre

Episode 38 – Remembering Ntozake Shange; with Sarah Bellamy, Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre

In this episode we honor the late Ntozake Shange — poet, author, playwright, artist. Her seminal work, the choreo-poem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf inspired generations of black women to see themselves differently and to question structures of power that tried to limit their boundless potential.

Season 4, Ep. 3 – Poet Julian Randall

Episode 37 – Julian Randall

On this episode, Lissa talks with poet Julian Randall  about his impressive debut collection Refuse. Julian is a Living, Queer, Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet, as well as being the recipient a Pushcart Prize.

Season 4, Ep. 2 – Activist Deray Mckesson

Episode 36 – DeRay McKesson

Education, justice, innocence, and public policy on this very special episode. First, Lissa speaks with civil right activist, and now author, DeRay Mckesson about his new book On the Other Side of Freedom: the Case for Hope. Then we revisit our interviews with Dr. Artika Tyner and Alexs Pate discussing their work toward greater equity and justice in education.

Bonus Episode: Live from Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival 2018

Bonus Episode: Live from Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival 2018

On this bonus episode, we’re sharing a series of interviews we recorded live from the 2018 Twin Cities Book Festival at the Minnesota State Fair grounds. Interviews with: Archie Givens (The Givens Foundation), Mary Taris (Publisher, Strive Publishing), Donna Gingery (author), LaBelle Nambangi (author), Amber James (author), Lehman Riley (author), Jasmine Brett Stringer (author), A.

Season 4, Ep. 1 – Poet Patricia Smith on her award-winning collection Incendiary Art

Episode 35 – Patricia Smith

In the Season Four Premier Lissa speaks with award-winning poet and spoken word artist Patricia Smith. Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Incendiary Art which was awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, NAACP image award, and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

Season 3, Ep. 10 – Author A. Rafael Johnson on trauma, memory and Magical Realism

Episode 34 – A. Rafael Johnson

On this episode, Lissa Jones sits down with author A. Rafael Johnson. He was named a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction in 2014. Last year he published his first novel, The Through, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Fiction. Johnson co-owns TerraLuna Collaborative, a social justice-focused consulting firm based in Minneapolis.

Season 3, Ep. 9 – Dr. Artika Tyner, on Education and Leadership

Episode 33 – Dr. Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner, educator, author, speaker and advocate, speaks with host Lissa Jones about what led her to dedicate her career to fighting for justice and empowering others to be leaders in their communities.

Season 3, Ep. 8 – Live Episode: Author, activist Sonya Renee Taylor, founder of The Body is Not an Apology

Episode 32 – Sonya Renee Taylor

In this episode, recorded at a live event at Jefferson Community School in Minneapolis, MN, Lissa Jones hosts a fascinating conversation with Sonya Renee Tayor the activist and author at the center of the global movement The Body Is Not an Apology, which advocates radical self-love as tool for political resistance and social justice.

Season 3, Ep. 7 – Author, Journalist Desiree Cooper

Episode 31 – Desiree Cooper

Desiree Cooper, author of the award-winning short fiction collection Know the Mother talks with host Lissa Jones about the complexities of motherhood and the ways that motherhood interacts, and at times conflicts, with the many other roles that women take on. Desiree Cooper is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, community activist, and a former attorney.

Season 3, Ep. 6 – Poet Mary Moore Easter

Episode 30 – Mary Moore Easter

In this episode, Lissa Jones talks with writer Mary Moore Easter about history, family, poetry, and her newly published poetry collection titled The Body of the World (Mad Hat Press).  Copies of The Body of the World can be purchased here: https://madhat-press.com/collections/our-books/products/the-body-of-the-world-by-mary-moore-easter

Season 3, Ep. 5 – Educator, author Alexs D. Pate

Episode 29 – Alexs D. Pate

On this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with author and educator Alexs Pate. Pate Is the author of five novels, including the New York Times Bestseller Amistad, as well as a collection of poetry, and the non-fiction work In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap.

Season 3, Ep. 4 – Screenwriter Michael Starrbury

Episode 28 – Screenwriter Michael Starrbury

Michael Starburry is a screenwriter and actor known for the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which starred Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie, and the animated series Legends of Chamberlain Heights which has run for two seasons on Comedy Central and for which Michael voices one of the characters.

Season 3, Ep. 3 – Dr. Damani Phillips on jazz, education, and what it means to play with soul

Episode 27 – Dr. Damani Phillips

Host Lissa Jones sits down with Dr. Damani Phillips. Dr. Phillips is an active performer, educator and composer. He currently serves as associate professor of jazz Studies and African-American studies at the University of Iowa, where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, directs jazz combos and teaches courses in African-American music, African-American Culture, jazz education and improvisation.

Season 3, Ep. 2 – Joy Dolo founding member of Blackout Improv

Episode 26 – Joy Dolo, founding member of Blackout Improv

In this episode, Lissa Jones speaks with Twin Cites based actress, comedian, and educator Joy Dolo of Blackout Improv. Dolo is a founding member of Blackout, Minnesota’s first and only all-Black improv ensemble whose performances use sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up to tackle current events, race, and social justice issues.  This podcast is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board operating support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Season 3, Ep. 1 – Justice Alan Page on hope, legacy and writing for children

Episode 25 – Justice Alan Page

In the season three premier, host Lissa Jones sits down with retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page to discuss his children’s books, advocacy work, and optimism. Justice Alan Page is widely recognized for his groundbreaking legal career, as well as for his time in the NFL.

Season 2, Ep. 7 – Dr. Duchess Harris, JD, PhD on Race and Policing in America

Episode 24 – Duchess Harris, JD. PhD. on Race and Policing

Author and Historian Duchess Harris returns to Black Market Reads, this time to speak with host Lissa Jones to discuss her newest book Race and Policing which will be published in September by Abdo Publishing. Duchess and Lissa discuss the complex history of race, policing, and force in america, and Duchess shares exciting news about her upcoming collection from Abdo.

Season 2, Ep. 6 – Author, Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Episode 23 – Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar

In this episode, host Lissa Jones speaks with Erica Armstrong Dunbar about her recent work, Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge. Dunbar is an author and historian focusing on the experiences of African American women in the context of slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality.

Season 2, Ep. 5 – Author James McBride (with music from the Good Lord Bird Band)

Episode 22 – Author James McBride

In this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with author/musician James McBride at Minneapolis’ Ivy Hotel. McBride is the author of five books including Miracle at St. Anna, which McBride adapted for the Spike Lee-directed film of the same name released in 2008.

Season 2, Ep. 4 – Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus American Studies at Macalester College

Episode 21 – Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus American Studies at Macalester College

A frequent contributor to the opinion pages of both Twin Cities dailies as well as the local Black press, Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati has published dozens of monographs and pamphlets, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio, and at a host of community-based conferences and events.

Season 2, Ep. 3 – Writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant 

Episode 20 – Writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant

In this episode, Host Lissa Jones sits down with Minnesota writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant to discuss the creative process and how the past informs their work and activism. Holbrook and Grant each contributed an essay to the collection A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota which was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2016.

Season 2, Ep. 2 – Author Sharon G. Flake; Artist Robin Hickman and Curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Episode 19 – Author Sharon G. Flake; Artist Robin Hickman and Curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen

In this episode, host Lissa Jones explores what it means to love the skin you’re in. First, she speaks with author Sharon G. Flake, whose 1998 novel, The Skin I’m In, influenced and inspired a generation of young women.

Season 2, Ep. 1 – The Black Women of NASA with Dr. Duchess Harris, JD, PhD

Episode 18 – Duchess Harris, JD. PHD with Lissa Jones

Duchess Harris’s grandmother was one of a small group of black women who worked as human computers for NASA in the 1950s, and who have largely been left out space-race narratives–until now.

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