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Updated: Feb 17, 2022

Hey, everybody!

Happy new year! I’m super excited to be back in your podcast feed after our winter break. This episode is the first of a series called Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. I can’t wait for you to hear our new episodes. We start with a high-seas adventure!

This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Vac and I are pirate-sitting the Fire Pirates while Captain Marion is off at the dentist. Everything is shipshape . . . until the Burn Voyage is attacked by the troublesome Captain Deen!

Captain Deen takes over the ship, and immediately insults everyone’s lunches. She thinks that pirates should only eat boiled asparagus dumplings, not the food they brought from home. But the pirates’ foods are important to their ethnicities, which is a part of who they are. Vac decides to make things right, and mutiny turns into a food fight! It takes a giant, delicious mess to teach Captain Deen that everyone’s ethnicity is special—and that the strongest pirate crew is a diverse one.

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