July 1, 2010 Just because Elena Kagan is white didn't stop Republicans from injecting race into her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Sherrilyn A. Ifill of The Root looks at the negative reactions to their Marshall bashing.
June 30, 2010 There is no denying the new diversity of this year's GOP candidates. For Neera Tanden of The New Republic what will be more interesting is whether it will bring with it any substantive changes for the party and the ideas that it promotes.
June 29, 2010 Tell Me More’s Alicia Montgomery asks what difference, if any, does it make to have people of color star in the latest blockbusters?
June 27, 2010 After her supporters ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev this spring, Kyrgyzstan's interim President Roza Otunbayeva promised to hold a referendum on reforms to the constitution. The reforms are supposed to clear the way for parliamentary and presidential elections. But the country has been thrown into turmoil as a result of ethnic clashes and the questions are whether violence will intrude, how the country handles voting for so many refugees displaced from their homes and whether the vote can be considered remotely legitimate. Guest host Audie Cornish discusses the situation with NPR Moscow Correspondent David Greene.
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June 22, 2010 When Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested in front of his home, one of the first people he called was his colleague Charles Ogletree. In The Presumption Of Guilt Ogletree argues that the incident should serve as a lesson on the abuse of power by police.
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June 21, 2010 Officials in Franklin County, Miss., have agreed to settle a civil suit charging county law enforcement officials with aiding and abetting the Ku Klux Klan in the 1964 murders of Charles Moore and Henry Dee. Michele Norris talks to Margaret Burnham, an attorney for the families of Moore and Dee, who says this case shows that justice delayed is not always justice denied.
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June 21, 2010 Voters in South Carolina head to the polls Tuesday for some big races. Republican African-American State Representative Tim Scott just nabbed the endorsement of Sarah Palin in his runoff with Paul Thurmond, the son of the longtime segregationist the late Senator Strom Thurmond. Should Scott win the runoff tomorrow, and then the general election, he would become the first black Congressman from the Grand Old Party since J.C. Watts left politics in 2002. For more on the runoff elections and Scott’s chances, Guest host Tony Cox speaks with Adophus Belk, Associate professor of Political Science and African American studies at Winthrop University.
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June 20, 2010 A new study of eight Southern states shows that blacks are being kept off juries at alarming rates. In some counties, prosecutors excluded 80 percent of the African-Americans who had qualified for jury service.
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June 19, 2010 Two small plaques were placed in the halls of Congress this week, recognizing the labor of African-American slaves in building the United States Capitol It was a singular moment of unity this week, between black and white, Democrat and Republican.
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June 16, 2010 Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. hosted what is considered the first racially integrated U.S. team in modern baseball -- the Nashua Dodgers. Steve Daly, author of Dem Little Bums, talks about the stadium's role in integrating the game, and how it eventually fell on hard times.
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June 10, 2010 Opening statements begin Thursday in the trial of Johannes Mehserle, a former transit police officer who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on New Year's Day 2009 in Oakland, Calif. The killing was captured on video and widely posted on the Internet.
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June 5, 2010 Israeli forces seized another aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip Saturday. The action prevented the vessel from breaking a three-year Israeli blockade of Gaza. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Peter Kenyon in Gaza.
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San Francisco officials recently unveiled this ad to bring public awareness to the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection among the city's large Asian immigrant population.
SF Hep B Free
June 4, 2010 According to public health officials, 1 in 10 Asian Americans is infected with hepatitis B, the leading cause of liver cancer. One-third of San Francisco's population is of Asian descent, so the city has launched an aggressive campaign to stem infections.
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June 2, 2010 Israeli recording artist Noa and Palestinian signer Mira Awad have gained international acclaim for their album There Must Be Another Way. Here, they discuss their music and their roles as unofficial ambassadors for peace.
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May 28, 2010 For centuries, African-American culture has been significantly influenced by the black church and the Christian faith. So being both black and atheist can be a lonely and isolating experience for some. But, the largest-ever gathering of African-American atheists was recently held in Washington, D.C. Participant and journalist Jamila Bey shares her experience, and is joined by Norm Allen, executive director of African Americans for Humanism, which hosted the conference. Bey recently wrote about being an atheist for the online magazine TheRoot.com.
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