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This week the family of Strom Thurmond — former senator and, at one time, segregationist — acknowledged that as a young man he fathered a daughter with his family's black maid. Race in the United States has long been a source of familial secrets. Neal Conan and guests talk about the power of secrets: how families mask them, which are best kept as secrets, and which are better to be acknowledged.
Guests:

Earl Ofari Hutchinson
*Author and political analyst
*Author of The Crisis in Black and Black

James McBride
*Author of The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
*His most recent book is a novel, now in paperback — Miracle at St. Anna

Jason Saffer
*Marriage and family therapist
*Co-Director, Center for Creative Growth, Berkeley, Ca.