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New Book, Film Explore Sacco and Vanzetti Case

On this day in 1927 80 years ago, the state of Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants for the murder of two payroll clerks that the men insisted they didn't commit. The executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolemeo Vanzetti were considered a travesty. A new book and documentary draw parallels to our feelings about immigration then and now.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.