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Hey, It's Cheryl...

Hey everyone, it's Cheryl Corley...I'm sitting in for Michel while she takes some time let's chat.

We've all heard about those studies that try to determine whether race is a factor in the type of medical treatment patients receive. Some researchers at Harvard say they have actually devised a way to measure a person's preference for African-Americans, people of European descent and other races. It's maybe a wakeup call for the medical profession. Dr. Mahzarin Banaji says the test is fairly simple — it just takes a few minutes of your time and a few clicks on the computer.

So what type of preference may you have? Go ahead and take the test yourself...I did. Let's us know your ranking.

Here's another question for you: how big is your closet? I ask because one of our guests today, Dr. Pietra Rivoli, said we buy clothes like crazy and when we pass along our old clothes to a charity, most often they end up for sale in a foreign country. She should know...she tracked a t-shirt for five years and saw how its journey impacted the global economy. It's all in her new book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.

...For Macy's department stores, it was less of journey and more of a blooper after it pulled some T-shirts off its shelf. The tagline on the T-shirt, "brown is the new white" didn't sit too well with some Latina shoppers.

What were they thinking?

Macy's says it didn't mean to offend; it was just looking to put out some hip merchandise. So that got US thinking...have you ever worn a T-shirt with a slogan that some considered offensive? What did it say?

Tell us more...and if you have a us to that, too.

Nice chatting with you.