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Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lawmakers are threatening to shut down troubled South Carolina State University. Alumni have filed a lawsuit over illegal discrimination to try to save it.

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Study: Locking Lots Of People Up Did Not Cause The Great Crime Drop

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A new study says that there's little evidence that record levels of mass incarceration have contributed much to a decades-long decline in crime rates.

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NYPD's Top Cop Wants To Make It A Felony to Resist Arrest

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A recent report found that blacks are already more likely to face that charge than whites, raising questions of abuse.

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Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Parents and students say the teachers were fired for teaching black history. The NAACP says otherwise.

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What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

Friday, January 30, 2015

Jonathan Chait's essay on a pervasive dangerous online culture of political correctness nearly broke the Internet. So does the science back him up?

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Join Us Tonight to Talk About The "Whiteness of Public Radio Voice"

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In a widely circulated piece, Chenjerai Kumanyika, who is black, wonders if he has to sound "white" to make it on public radio. We're taking the conversation to Twitter tonight. Join us:#PubRadioVoice

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have feuded bitterly over his legacy for years. They're often criticized, but some believe their desire to tightly control their father's estate is fair.

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A Search For The Story In A Long-Buried, Jim Crow Era Photo

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New York Times is trying to find out more about a 1956 photo taken by Gordon Parks in Atlanta. The paper is turning to its readership for clues about the women captured.

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A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

Thursday, January 08, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we're seeing an old debate about the rules of humor that seem to be in opposition. One side says nothing is sacred. The other maintains a right to offense.

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2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.

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'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.

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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Among the thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest the police killings of unarmed black men on Saturday was a generational divide that sometimes became contentious.

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Flitting Between Solutions For Police Violence

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A quick look at the post-Ferguson headlines shows how different ideas meant to reduce violent police encounters have come into vogue before being discarded just as quickly.

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Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The developers of the video game Never Alone hope it can teach people about Native Alaskan folklore and traditions while still being fun to play.

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Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

For better or worse, biopics — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person — have been reliable vehicles for actors of color to establish their mainstream actor bona fides.

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Why The KKK Is Reaching Out Beyond White Folks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ku Klux Klan groups are diversifying their aims and marketing themselves to people of color. But these moves aren't new: The Klan has long tried to position itself as a mainstream civic organization.

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Why We Have So Many Terms For 'People Of Color'

Friday, November 07, 2014

The way terms for different groups of people fall in and out of fashion — "Negroes," "minorities," "visible minority ethnics" — reveals how our attitudes about each other influence our words.

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The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

Friday, October 31, 2014

Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We've rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.

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Tips For Avoiding Racial Missteps From The Makers Of 'Dear White People'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dear White People, a much-hyped indie film about the racial politics at a fictional university, is in theaters now. But these video promos for it might be better than the movie.

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