On this episode of Modern Notion Daily, our guest is John Safran, an Australian comedian, documentary maker, and author of the book God’ll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi (Riverhead Books, paperback September 2015). As part of his Australian television series “Race Relations,” Safran visited with Richard Barrett, a white supremacist leader in Mississippi. When Safran found out Barrett had been murdered not long after that visit, he wanted to find out more about the murderer, Vince McGee, as well as the secret life of the murdered. Our conversation with Safran reaches from the comedian’s own identity as a Jewish Australian, to the backlash from some of the outrageous stunts on “Race Relations,” to why he felt compelled to write this book.
Music this hour:
- “Guatemala – Panama March” by Heftone Banjo Orchestra, from the album Music Box Rag
- “Soldiertype (militarised)” by Ketsa, from the album What’s Without’s Within