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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

I'm back in studio 4B, and we're going to switch gears because we like your help for a story we're working on about the new Seven Wonders of the World. The new wonders were announced earlier this month, after a highly publicized international call-out for votes.

One of our listeners and regular bloggers, Robert in San Francisco, brought to our attention that not a single wonder in Africa made the cut. In fact, nothing on the continent was even a finalist. So we're having a do-over. For tomorrow's program, we want to know what you would choose as the new Seven Wonders of the World. Let us know by going to our blog at npr.org/tellmemore. There you can also find out what selections were chosen as the new Seven Wonders of the World and learn which ones didn't make the cut.

And just ahead, everybody knows these words: Three friends - turn them into a meditation on race and stereotypes in a traveling stage play.

(Soundbite of stage play, "Nigger Wetback Chink")

Unidentified Man #1: America is a great country.

Unidentified Man #2: A great melting pot.

(Soundbite of imitating cat sound)

Unidentified Man #2: Mm. Was the great melting pot. But in the past decade, it's been all about fragmentation.

Unidentified Man #1: Learning things apart into their niches.

Unidentified Man #2: Segmenting so that things that were once put together…

(Soundbite of buzzing sound)

Unidentified Man #2: …have now been pulled apart. Well, not us. I mean, look at us - NWC.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Man #2: And we still hanging.

Unidentified Man #1: Yeah. It flies in the face of convention and statistics and - well, you know, that is kind of funny. I mean, how did the three of us ever get together in the first place?

Unidentified Man #2: It makes no sense in modern America. Where did three guys like us meet?

Unidentified Man #1: It was in Chinatown.

Unidentified Man #2: Chinatown.

Unidentified Man #3: Chinatown.

Unidentified Man #1: Oh, we're racing our rice rockets, it's like "Street Fighter Alpha." (unintelligible)

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Man #3: Oh, and wasn't I eating tender golden retriever puppy?

(Soundbite of imitating barking dog)

Unidentified Man #3: Chasing me down to (unintelligible)?

Unidentified Man #2: I've never been to Chinatown.

Unidentified Man #3: Oh. So where did we meet?

Unidentified Man #2: It was in Compton.

Unidentified Man #3: Compton.

Unidentified Man #2: Yo, we were smoking blunts and pimping hos. Yo, we ran out of 40s, so we robbed Shorty's Liquor Store.

Unidentified Man #1: And we had nothing to eat but fried chicken, because my mom couldn't afford no brown beef with a food stamps. You know what I'm saying?

Unidentified Man #2: Oh, you better shut your mouth. (unintelligible)

Unidentified Man #3: But I've never been to Compton.

Unidentified Man #2: So where did we meet?

Unidentified Man #1: I remember, it was in…

Unidentified Man #2: East L.A.

Unidentified Man #3: East L.A.

Unidentified Man #3: East L.A. That's right. We were gang banging in our low riders, you know?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Man #3: And throwing up our gang signs.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Man #3: NWC, carnal.

(Soundbite of laughter, applause)

MARTIN: NWC. We'll tell you what stands for later. The stars share their struggles living in the American melting pot. NWC, blowing out stereotypes. That's coming up next.

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