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Has the election of President Obama changed how we talk about race?

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Talking About Race, A Year After The 2008 Election
One year ago this week, America elected its first black president, and many believed his win signaled the beginning of a "post-racial" society. As we approach President Obama's second year in The White House, conversations about race around the country are far from over. Guest host Jennifer Ludden speaks with several prominent thinkers about race relations and where we are a year later.

American Conservatism
The GOP claimed important victories in governors races in Virginia and New Jersey, and a new study by Gallup says that American conservatives now outnumber moderates. Guests examine American conservatism. Is America becoming more conservative? Or is it the definition of conservative that has changed?

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet!
Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the internet. We'll celebrate the milestone with computer researcher Scott Fahlman, originator of the virtual smiley face — or, emoticon.