August 31, 2004 A record number of college-bound high school graduates took the SAT last year. The College Board said average scores for math and reading either dropped very slightly or were the same as 2002. The board said the scores also again highlighted unequal access to quality education for blacks and Latinos, with whites and Asians more likely to have access to rigorous college prep courses. NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports.
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August 31, 2004 In part one of a two-part series, NPR's Eric Weiner explores how the presidential campaigns of both Sen. John Kerry and President George W. Bush are using Spanish-language ads in an attempt gain Latino votes.
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August 31, 2004 On day two of our 2004 Republican National Convention coverage, we present the second in our series of delegate profiles. Tanyia Ott reports on Richard Finley, an African-American Republican from Birmingham, Ala., who was inspired into political activism by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
August 30, 2004 We get commentary on African-American participation in the Republican National Convention from J.C. Watts, a former GOP congressman from Oklahoma, and Joseph C. Phillips, an actor and essayist.
August 27, 2004 Tony-nominated producer Camille O. Cosby joined forces with Emmy-winning journalist Renee Poussaint for a black oral history project. They collected audio of the professional and personal lives of African-American visionary elders who helped shape America. Hear an excerpt from one of those interviews.
August 25, 2004 Independent producer Scott Carrier reports on undocumented immigrants who make the journey across the U.S.-Mexico border. In the first of this three-part series, Carrier visits a remote border location in Arizona, where immigrants brave a dangerous stretch of desert in search of a better life.
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August 25, 2004 The thousands of interracial children of Vietnamese women and American servicemen call themselves "Amerasians." Shunned in Vietnam, they came to the U.S. with hopes of a better life, but have yet to find it. Rob Schmitz of member station KPCC has the second of two reports from Little Saigon in Southern California.
August 24, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams speaks with New Yorker reporter Samantha Power about her experience reporting from the troubled Darfur region in Sudan. The janjaweed, a group of Islamic pro-government militia accused of genocide against black Africans, continue to terrorize Darfur's residents.
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August 24, 2004 Commentator Elizabeth Chin has an interracial family, and its not something that she can forget too readily -- at least not when the family steps out of the house.
August 24, 2004 In Southern California's Orange County, Little Saigon is home to tens of thousands of residents of Vietnamese heritage -- including sons and daughters of Vietnamese mothers and American soldiers who served in the Vietnam War, who often call themselves "Amerasians." In the first of a two-part series, reporter Rob Schmitz of member station KPCC explores the lives of Amerasians living in Orange County.
August 24, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley and former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts discuss how President Bush's promise to increase minority home ownership by 5.5 million households by 2010 is progressing.
August 20, 2004 NPR's Jason Beaubien reports on Sudanese refugees suffering from mental illness. Many of Sudanese refugees say that people have gone crazy because of the horrors they witnessed at the hands of Islamic militias. Being mentally ill in much of Africa is difficult -- there's very little professional help in the best of circumstances, and in squalid refugee camps it's even worse. Many of those deemed insane are chained to bushes with their hands and feet shackled. Some are kept naked under just a tarp to protect them from the intense sun and rain.
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August 20, 2004 In the 1800s, slaves awaiting auction were kept in crowded holding cells for months at a time. A restored slave pen is on display at Cincinnati's new Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Harriet Baskas reports.
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August 20, 2004 This weekend marks the dedication of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. NPR's Noah Adams explores the role of Ripley, Ohio in the history of the Underground Railroad. Residents of the town are keeping history alive.
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August 19, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with NPR's Mike Shuster about the history of Western involvement in the Middle East. Shuster's six-part series, "The Middle East and the West: A Historical View," airs this week on NPR's All Things Considered.
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