Sep 17, 2017
I See You, I Love You
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If you don't see something, say something.

— Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin produce a YouTube series called Just Between Us. They have a new YA book called "I Hate Everyone But You."

— Vivek Shraya is the author of "The Boy and the Bindi," a children's book illustrated by Rajni Perera. (Here's the research she cites about diversity in books for kids.)

Special thanks this week to Daniel Guillemette.

Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom. Theme by Alexander Overington.

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