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Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A D.C. charter school founded by and located at Howard University has been embroiled for days in an increasingly public fight over the firing of three teachers, Parents and students claim the teachers were dismissed for teaching Black History Month lessons, they've mobilized in protest, and social media is abuzz. ...


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

Friday, January 30, 2015

By now, you've surely seen Jonathan Chait's sprawling takedown of what he describes as a dangerous resurgence of political correctness in the 21st century. In his telling, a PC culture that flourished on college campuses in the 90's is back, stronger than ever thanks to Twitter and social media, ...

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When Chenjerai Kumanyika sat down to record his first public radio piece last summer, he was thrown off by his own voice.

He didn't sound like Sarah Koenig of Serial or Roman Mars of 99 % Invisible. They sounded wonderful, Kumanyika thought. "They also ...

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

Sunday, January 18, 2015

At the end of Selma, the new movie about a pivotal campaign in the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) rises to address a crowd in front of a courthouse.

It's a recreation of the moment in which King gave one of his


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

Friday, January 16, 2015

James Estrin of the New York Times' Lens blog and his colleagues have become fixated on a old, recently rediscovered old photo taken by Gordon Parks, the legendary Life magazine photographer. So they've put out a call to their readers for any helpful info about it.

Here's what ...


A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

Thursday, January 08, 2015

In the aftermath of the massacre Wednesday at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine, there are obviously big questions about the attackers, their motives and what it might mean for French society. For more of NPR's coverage of the attack and of Charlie Hebdo, check out the Two-Way.



2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Race is a constant underlying theme in American sports — in conversations about labor vs. ownership, social responsibility, changing demographics and meritocracy — and this year, it seemed like everywhere you looked, the subtext was becoming text. Professional athletes became more outspoken about racial controversies, while ...


'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.


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.


Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Flitting Between Solutions For Police Violence

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Take a look at the flier for this weekend's planned "Justice For All March" in Washington, D.C., which is centered on several recent police-involved killings of unarmed black men. There's no specific policy demand on that flier — perhaps because the problem doesn't lend itself to a singular fix.



Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Never Alone, a new video game by E-Line Media, has been generating a lot of buzz in recent months. Its developers teamed up with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a nonprofit that works with Native Alaskans, creating Never Alone as a way to help transmit traditional tribal stories to younger ...


Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Movie award season is upon us once again, which means that it's peak biopic season. You know what I mean — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person portrayed by a Very Serious Actor.

These blockbuster, wide-release biopics have been reliable vehicles for many actors ...


Why The KKK Is Reaching Out Beyond White Folks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As America's longest-lived white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan has achieved a rare kind of name recognition. You know the way people say "Xerox" when they mean "to photocopy" or "Kleenex" when they mean "tissue"? "KKK" functions something like that, except it shorthands to "racial terrorism and extrajudicial killings."



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

Friday, November 07, 2014

A heads-up to our readers: We use some language in this post that some folks might find offensive.

Last week, the Toronto Star found itself in the midst of one of those blink-and-you-missed-it Internet kerfuffles over race.

Here's what happened. The Ontario Human Rights Commission had settled on a ...


The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's Halloween — a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and when we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back ...


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

Friday, October 24, 2014

By now, most indie film fans have heard of Dear White People, the much-hyped debut feature from Justin Simien. It's out in wide release in theaters today. The movie, which garnered a lot of buzz on the festival circuit, is styled as a satire about being black and navigating life ...


Watch A Trailer For 'R.E.M. By MTV'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oh my god, they look so young! It was 1981 when this little Athens, Ga. based band started making a splash. Over the years that followed they made waves. This small trailer for a larger documentary about R.E.M. is a beautiful peek at innocence, youth, the '80s and MTV. The ...


Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One night last fall, I was walking through Chinatown in Washington, D.C., with my friend Terryn. We were not far from a dude who was in his mid-20s — slim, with neat, shoulder-length locks, skinny chinos, loafers and a leather briefcase slung across his torso — standing on the corner, ...


Videos Of Deadly Police Encounters Grab The Media Spotlight, But Why?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Several recent incidents of black men being shot by police have sparked national news coverage and policy debates. We examine what forces in the media and society are fueling this level of attention.