One Family, Two Fates

Danielle Allen became a dean at the University of Chicago at 32 before accepting a professorship at Harvard. And during her meteoric rise, her cousin Michael was falling just as swiftly into a life of gangs, drugs and prison. Allen talks with host Krys Boyd about trying, and ultimately failing, to save him – and about what her cousin’s tumultuous life says about the experience of young black men. Her family memoir is called “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” (Liveright).