May 29, 2004 NPR's Linda Wertheimer interviews William Powell, one of the African-American veterans who came to Washington, D.C., for the Memorial Day weekend. He remembers his service in England during World War II.
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May 29, 2004 A rare white bison was born this week in Flagstaff, Ariz. The white bison calf holds religious symbolism for the Plains Indians, especially the Lakota Tribe. Lakota Elder Leonard Little Finger explains the significance of the albino bison to NPR's Scott Simon.
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May 27, 2004 Commentator Michael Eric Dyson straightens out his ruffled feathers over the comments of comedian-actor-philanthropist Bill Cosby. Cosby's message has stirred up a whirlwind of controversy over social responsibility in the African-American community.
May 27, 2004 The U.S. Census Bureau says more than one in six adopted kids are of a different race than their parents. Statistics show that in the foster care system nationally, almost 60 percent of children are black or Latino. For years, there have been acrimonious debates over whether children of color should be placed only with parents who are of the same race. As our series on foster care continues, reporter Allison Keyes examines so-called "trans-racial" adoptions.
May 27, 2004 Kentucky family court Judge Michael Foellger is giving some deadbeat dads a choice: Get a vasectomy or go to jail. Some say it drives home an important message to shiftless deadbeats. Others argue there's a shameful history of forced sterilization used against the poor and people of color. NPR's Tavis Smiley weighs both sides with attorney Jeffery Leving, author of the book Father's Rights, and Barbara Harris, director and founder of CRACK (Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity).
May 27, 2004 Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells the story of a little-known black tank battalion in World War II. He was inspired to write a book after learning a family friend had been a member of the unit.
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May 26, 2004 Some critics say fairness in education still doesn't exist. Commentator Janus Adams answers the question, "What do we tell our children?"
May 26, 2004 Do credit counseling services really get you out of a ditch, or could they put you into a deeper one? NPR's Tavis Smith discusses the issue with Lynette Khalfani, a veteran financial news journalist and author of Investing Success: How To Conquer 30 Costly Mistakes & Multiply Your Wealth.
May 26, 2004 Commentator Cornel West talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about the controversial comments made recently by comedian Bill Cosby. In a public forum, Cosby spoke on the issue of personal responsibility among the poor in the African-American community.
May 26, 2004 Hollywood screenwriter Antwone Fisher wrote a movie about it, and Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell started a charity for it. In the third part of our week-long look at foster care in America, NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to both celebrities about the foster care system they grew up in and are now trying to change.
May 26, 2004 What are the various strategies behind presidential advertisements targeted to potential voters of color? NPR's Tavis Smiley gets answers from David Axelrod, a Chicago-based media strategist, and William Benoit, the author of Seeing Spots : A Functional Analysis of Presidential Television Advertisements.
May 25, 2004 New findings issued by the Latino Commission on AIDS reveal that HIV infections have increased in the Latino community by nearly 30 percent in 2004. These numbers are challenging leaders and activists to think about how to more effectively educate the community on how to combat the spread of HIV. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Dennis DeLeon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and acclaimed actress Lupe Ontiveros, who has appeared in such films as As Good as It Gets and Real Women Have Curves.
April 12, 2004 Over 250 years after the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, some West Africans are still trying to come to terms with the involvement of African rulers and slave merchants. For National Geographic's Radio Expeditions, NPR's John Burnett reports from Benin.
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April 8, 2004 It's a compelling story about rape, race and discrimination in the town of Springfield, Ill. Renatta Frazier was an African-American cop whose inaction was blamed for the rape of a young white woman and discovered she was part of a police department cover-up. In an exclusive three-part series, Frazier tells her story.
January 20, 2004 Commentator S. Pearl Sharp shares her thoughts on the unveiling of the Paul Robeson stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.
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