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Monday, May 28, 2007

For Memorial Day, Dave Isay brings a personal tribute to one American soldier killed in Iraq from his two sisters recorded at the StoryCorps booth. Also: historian Ken Davis on the Civil War origins of the holiday; a proposal for a United States Department of Peace; class conflict in African American neighborhoods; "no-impact" exercise; and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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Kenneth C. Davis, Dave Isay and Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Memorial in Sound

Dave Isay, public radio producer and founder of the StoryCorps oral history project, returns with a StoryCorps interview for Memorial Day.

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A State of Abstinence

Ken Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, explains the meaning and history of Memorial Day.

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Life, the Universe and Everything

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, director of the Hayden Planetarium, host of NOVA scienceNOW and author Death By Black Hole And Other Cosmic Quandaries (W.W. Norton, 2006), talks about the space elevators and the universe.

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Gentrification and the Black Middle Class

Mary Pattillo, professor of sociology and African-American studies at Northwestern University and author of Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City (Chicago University Press, 2007) discusses the way class differences play out within African American urban neighborhoods.

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No-Impact Exercise

Colin Beavan, Brooklyn-based writer who runs a blog about his experience living a "no impact" life talks about commuting by foot.

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The Department of Peace

Marianne Perez, new york media director for the Peace Alliance, discusses her organization's campaign to establish a Department of Peace.

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