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Traveling While Black — The Story of Ben’s Chili Bowl

On this episode of Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss a documentary at the Sundance Film Festival this year called Traveling While Black about African-Americans’ struggles to travel freely around the U.S., from restrictions in the pre-civil rights era to the challenges minorities face today. Joining us today are Virginia and Vida Ali, owners of Ben’s Chili Bowl — a landmark eatery in Washington D.C. that was one of the ‘safe havens’ for blacks travelers in the east.

About the author, Jasen

Jasen is a veteran journalist and broadcaster who began his career in radio. He’s worked in Milwaukee, Springfield, IL and Salt Lake City covering news, politics and sports. He is the co-creator of the Voices of Reason podcast along with Amy Donaldson where they promote civil dialogue and understanding between people of differing views. A Chicago native, Jasen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a Masters of Professional Communication degree at Weber State University.

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