Stuart Kelter interviews Eve Fairbanks, a journalist and essayist who grapples with the processes and meanings of change: in cities, countries, landscapes, morals, values, and our ideas about ourselves. A former congressional correspondent for The New Republic, her essays and long-form journalism have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. Her reporting has been funded by grants from the Fulbright Program, the Institute of Current World Affairs, the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Writing Invisibility project at the Max Planck Institute. From a young age growing up in Virginia, Eve was transfixed by the moral questions raised by the Civil War and the unfinished changes in its aftermath. Drawn to also exploring racial tensions in post-Apartheid, South Africa, she traveled there on a Fulbright award, moving first to Capetown and then to Johannesburg, where she still lives. Her recently published book, The Inheritors: An Intimate Portrait of South Africa's Racial Reckoning is the subject of today’s interview.
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