°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Cord Jefferson

Cord Jefferson appears in the following:

Is My Halloween Costume Offensive?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Every Halloween, there are conversations about what's an appropriate costume, and what's insensitive. Historical (but despicable) figures like Genghis Khan? Racial stereotypes like a Geisha? Sexy [anything]? Blackface? (Okay, that one's easy: Don't do it!)

Live on the Brian Lehrer Show at 11:40am today.

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Motown, Vietnam, The Civil Rights Movement And One Iconic Song

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mark Kurlansky's Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles the spectacular success of the 1964 Motown hit "Dancing in the Street." Reviewer Cord Jefferson says that while much of the book feels like filler, it sings when Kurlansky examines all the controversy one song created.


A British Intellectual's Mission 'To Create The Perfect Wife'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Some people, unlucky in love, turn to matchmaking services. Thomas Day, an 18th century British intellectual, adopted two girls from an orphanage in order to mold them into the women of his dreams. Reviewer Cord Jefferson says Wendy Moore's history is so adroitly written it reads like a novel.