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My T-Shirt Says It All

The T-shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe, worn by pretty much everyone at one time or another. It's a common denominator in a culture marked by differences. But while it's cheap and easy to make, the humble T-shirt shouldn't be underestimated.

2008 / Jacob Fenston / Making Contact, National Radio Project, USA

The T-shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe, worn by pretty much everyone at one time or another. It's a common denominator in a culture marked by differences. But while it's cheap and easy to make, the humble T-shirt shouldn't be underestimated.

It represents a very personal -- and yet very public -- kind of communication. Producer Jacob Fenston explores how various T-shirt designers and wearers have used the garment to fight racism, communicate cultural identity, protest, celebrate, and mourn.


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Jacob Fenston

Jacob Fenston is an independent radio producer and reporter, and a graduate student at UC Berkeley in journalism and Latin American studies. He has been heard on NPR, KQED in San Francisco, and KBOO in Portland. Jacob graduated from Reed College with a degree in literature and theatre.


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