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We're talking to Henry Louis Gates Jr. and folklore scholar Maria Tatar about their groundbreaking new book, "The Annotated African American Folktales."

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Guests:

Henry Louis Gates Jr., editor of "The Annotated African American Folktales" and Harvard University professor. (@HenryLouisGates)

Maria Tatar, editor of "The Annotated African American Folktales" and Harvard University professor. (@mariamtatar)

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Excerpt of foreword from "Annotated African American Folktales."

Walt Disney got ahold of a white man’s telling of African-American folktales and made them mainstream movie famous with Uncle Remus and more. But that river runs much deeper than Disney ever captured. A huge new collection of tales that leapt from Africa and grew in America is out now from Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar. There are incredible stories here. Wisdom, witches, flying Africans, tricksters. This hour, On Point: we’re going deep on African-American folktales. --Tom Ashbrook

This program aired on December 5, 2017.

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