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Oprah Winfrey and author Isabel Wilkerson, take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste, featured in the Oprah’s Book Club selection "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents."

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Oprah Winfrey and author Isabel Wilkerson, take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste, featured in the Oprah’s Book Club selection "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents."

    Caste: Pillar Five

    Caste: Pillar Five

    Part five of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers of the book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The fifth episode in the eight-part series focuses on the fifth pillar of Caste, “Occupational Hierarchy.” Isabel explores how the subordinate caste are often relegated to menial forms of labor, which further cements their place in the bottom rung of society in the eyes of the dominant caste. We’ll hear from an executive from a major tech company, a manager who is in charge of recruiting new employees and a high school principal.

    • 36 min
    Caste: Pillar Four

    Caste: Pillar Four

    Part four of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers of the book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The fourth episode in the eight-part series focuses on the fourth pillar of Caste, “Purity Versus Pollution.” Isabel explains how the caste system keeps groups separate for the protection of the “purity” of the dominant caste against the pollution of the “subordinate” caste. Oprah, Isabel and guests talk about the heartbreaking story of Al Bright, a nine year old Black child who was shamed when barred from sharing a pool with his little league baseball teammates 1951. We’ll hear from one of Al’s best friends who knew him at the time of the incident.

    • 51 min
    Caste: Pillar Three

    Caste: Pillar Three

    Part three of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers of the book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The third episode in the eight-part series focuses on the third pillar of Caste, "Endogamy and the Control of Marriage and Mating." Isabel explores America’s violent history of keeping romantic relationships and family systems within the confines of a given caste as a means of control. We hear questions and an emotional story from a mixed-race couple who faced great adversity when they were married in 1966.

    • 30 min
    Caste: Pillar Two

    Caste: Pillar Two

    Part two of Oprah’s discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson and readers about the book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The second episode in the eight-part series focuses on the second pillar of Caste, “Heritability”; the idea that permanent rank in society is inherited and passed down through ancestry. Special guest Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker joins the conversation. Oprah and Isabel respond to questions and comments from readers on the second pillar. 

    • 35 min
    Caste: Pillar One

    Caste: Pillar One

    Oprah and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson discuss her newest work and Oprah’s Book Club pick, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. In episode one of the eight part series, Oprah and Isabel consider the first pillar of Caste as outlined in the book, "Divine Will and the Laws of Nature.” Seventeen readers from all walks of life join in the discussion as Isabel answers questions about how God and religion were used to justify the caste system in the United States.

    • 33 min
    Caste: Isabel Wilkerson

    Caste: Isabel Wilkerson

    The premiere episode of Oprah’s eight-part conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson on her latest work and Oprah’s Book Club selection, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Oprah and Isabel discuss what called her to write Caste, how society needs a new way to talk about racism and why Oprah says Caste is one of the most profound books she’s ever read.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Cubone&NatutrainerLannisterfan ,

Honestly…

Look, I don’t want this to be taken the wrong way and I have nothing against the author or Oprah, however as of 2018 Oprah’s net worth was $2,800,000,000.
Yes she’s a philanthropist, yes she was born into poverty, and was a single mother who made something of herself. So why, instead of whining about oppression, doesn’t she spend her time telling the youth who are oppressed that if she could work hard and make something of herself then they can too? Show them that they can get away from oppression.

kessjack ,

Awesome book.

Thanks so much Isabel for writing this amazing book. It should be on everyone’s reading list. I’m enjoying the discussion on your podcast. It has given me even more insight and understanding of the book. Thanks Oprah for always selecting great books for your Book Club. This one is the absolute best!!

Pony4376 ,

Most Important Book I’ve ever read

My father was born in Jim Crow Texas in 1914. He was white and he was racist. And this book has been like an opening to my heart. Do understand him and our country has been so liberating. I am so so grateful.

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