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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. read less

Our Editor's Take

Any location or situation can become a battleground for political ideals. That is the theme of the podcast documentary Southlake. The town of Southlake in north Texas became a national story in 2018. It started with a video of high school students in Tarrant County using racist language. Then, it escalated. Soon, the small town outside of Dallas was a big story. National news media outlets showed up to report on Southlake. The story and the aftermath are the themes of this podcast.

The Southlake podcast is NBC News's report on the catalyst to this drama and the fallout that followed. It is an engaging story that is relevant to America's current political climate. Hosts Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton are veteran journalists. The podcast explores the timeline. It analyzes the available information, including stories from locals. The series examines the controversy in impressive detail. Each phase of what happened in the city of Southlake is interesting.

Racism and critical race theory are part of the Southlake controversy. With all sides leveraging the town for their own politics, the situation grows ugly. This show examines it all with the lens and resources of NBC News. It is a podcast that answers many questions about the event and asks even more. Most of the episodes aired in 2021. But the podcast released a follow-up episode in 2022 about a related controversy in the Texas town. There may be future episodes if more such news happens in Southlake.

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