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From Convicted Felon To Fearless Civil Rights Advocate, The Story of Harry Golden

Harry Golden is no longer a household name in North Carolina, but at one point he was likely the most famous North Carolinian in the country. Golden was a Jewish-American writer who grew up in New York City’s Lower East Side in the early 1900s.

He spent his early years as a small-time stock broker but wound up in federal prison for investment fraud. He turned his life around after moving to the South, and landed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1940. He founded his own monthly newspaper, The Carolina Israelite, and became a household name for his writings on race, religion and civil rights.

Host Frank Stasio talks to author Kimberly Hartnett about writing and publishing the first comprehensive biography of Harry Golden, “Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care About Jews, The South, And Civil Rights” (UNC Press/2015). Hartnett reads from the book at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh tonight at 7 p.m.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.