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Minorities Here, Minorities There

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We're here hammering away at tomorrow's program. I won't spill all of the beans, but here's a sneak preview of what we have (so far):

After the disputed elections in Iran last week, thousands have taken to the streets to protest against the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But missing among the protesters is Iran's largest religious minority, members of the Baha'i faith. The group has been persecuted by the Iranian government and their religious beliefs prevent them from choosing political alliances in the majority-Muslim country. But tomorrow, we speak to an official within the Baha'i faith community, who offers a reaction to the recent elections. (Produced by TMM's Arwa Gunja.)

Also, speaking at the American Medical Association's annual conference in Chicago this week, President Obama outlined his plan to reform the nation's health care system. But Obama's pitch was met with mixed reaction, particularly on the option of public health insurance. Tomorrow, we'll hear from a group of physicians advocating for health care services in low-income and minority communities. These areas have a disproportionate number of uninsured people who could benefit from a public insurance plan. (Produced by TMM's Douglas Hopper.)

Last but not least, fatherhood. Father's Day is drawing near and, especially in minority communities, the commemorative day means different things to different people, particularly men of color. We talk to Leonard Pitts, a renowned journalist and father, who wrote about his layered journey into fatherhood.

We'll also hear from some of our own — TMM producers Brakkton Booker, Luis Clemens, Argin Hutchins and me — about being sons to dads who were both present and absent. We tell how we're negotiating the idea (or, rather, the reality for Luis and Argin) of fatherhood as adults. (Produced by TMM's Lorrie Grant, Teshima Walker, Brakkton Booker and Luis Clemens.)

So, check us out tommorrow — something new, something more, and something else ...