Roundtable: Music Ban, 'Liberal' Rather, Car Loan Rates, HIV in S. Africa

Today's roundtable discussion looks at the Rev. Al Sharpton's call to ban the music of violent artists; outgoing CBS news anchor Dan Rather's characterization as a liberal; high interest rates in car loans for African Americans; and "cheaters" in South Africa outed on the air to prevent the spread of HIV. Ed Gordon is joined by Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Ida B. Wells Barnett professor at DePaul University; Nat Irvin, executive professor of future studies at Wake Forest University; and George Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service.

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