8 episodes

Southlake, Texas, seems to have it all: stately homes, intense civic pride, and above all, terrific schools. So when a video surfaced in 2018 showing Southlake high school students chanting the N-word—and when Black residents came forward to share stories of racist harassment and bullying—the school board vowed to make changes. But the unveiling of the Cultural Competence Action Plan set off a backlash that’s consumed Southlake, fueled by a growing national crusade against critical race theory. Hosted by NBC News national reporter Mike Hixenbaugh (host of the hit podcast Do No Harm) and NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton, Southlake tells the story of how one idyllic city became the test case for a new political strategy with national repercussions.

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Southlake, Texas, seems to have it all: stately homes, intense civic pride, and above all, terrific schools. So when a video surfaced in 2018 showing Southlake high school students chanting the N-word—and when Black residents came forward to share stories of racist harassment and bullying—the school board vowed to make changes. But the unveiling of the Cultural Competence Action Plan set off a backlash that’s consumed Southlake, fueled by a growing national crusade against critical race theory. Hosted by NBC News national reporter Mike Hixenbaugh (host of the hit podcast Do No Harm) and NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton, Southlake tells the story of how one idyllic city became the test case for a new political strategy with national repercussions.

    Beyond the Bubble

    Beyond the Bubble

    Four educators -- and one former school board member -- on how the anti-CRT movement is separating them from their careers and their students.

    • 36 min
    Protect the Tradition

    Protect the Tradition

    It’s Election Day in Southlake, Texas — time to see if the fight over the Carroll school district’s Cultural Competence Action Plan translates into votes.

    • 39 min
    The Debate Channel

    The Debate Channel

    As school board candidates debate Southlake’s future, a queer 16-year-old faces off with her principal over his handling of a harassment complaint.

    • 42 min
    The Circus Comes to Town

    The Circus Comes to Town

    A new fixation on critical race theory muddies the debate in Southlake, drowning out the voices of students who’d come forward with stories about racism.

    • 38 min
    The Not-So-Silent Majority

    The Not-So-Silent Majority

    The Southlake Families PAC raises more than $100,000 to fight against what the group calls a “liberal takeover” of the schools — and starts building an army.

    • 38 min
    Just a Word

    Just a Word

    Southlake’s leaders try to unite the town after the N-word video. But the pandemic — and backlash to a local Black Lives Matter protest — upend their plans.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.3K Ratings

6.3K Ratings

Sasquatch208 ,

Listen before you vote!

So important for everyone to listen to right now. Whether you’re a kid in school, and parent of a school aged child, or a voter, this is worth your attention.

DiceClubShiraZ ,

Must listen

Riveting, insightful, well-told. Highly recommend!!

iishopper ,

LGBTQ parent on southlake

My daughter and her 2 dads moved to southlake from California in 2019. Our daughter was never invited to friends houses. In the year we lived there was never invited to a Birthday party after she invited a dozen kids to here birthday shortly after arriving in south lake. We have lived in 5 states and by far southlake was the least welcoming to LGBTQ families. Carroll told us on our first school visit we were the only same sex family to have had a child in the school EVER. How is this possible in today world.

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