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Representation on television from 'Julia' to 'City of Ghosts'

An animated scene of a restaurant booth. Two kids sit in the booth next to a ghost. An adult stands on the other side of the ghost. All the humans wear glasses. The children have dark hair and the adult has purple hair and wears an apron. On the table are a bottle of what looks like sriracha and a plate with gyoza on it.
City of Ghosts creator Elizabeth Ito uses the real voices and stories of Los Angeles residents in the show. The series follows a group of kids that interviews ghosts and learns about the history of Los Angeles. It covers topics not often seen in shows marketed towards children like gentrification.

This hour, we are talking about the stories we see represented on the small screen. Elizabeth Ito is the creator of 'City of Ghosts' and also worked on Adventure Time. She'll discuss using people's real voices in her work and covering topics like gentrification on a series that children watch. Bethonie Butler, author of 'Black TV: Five Decades of Groundbreaking Television from Soul Train to Black-ish and Beyond,' talks to us about shows centering Black characters from 1968's Julia up to the present day.


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Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Connecticut Public contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.

Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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