Episode 5: White Like Me

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Bill Essenmacher protests near the entrance to as juvenile facility in an effort to stop a bus load of Central American immigrant children from being delivered to the facility, Tuesday, July 15, 2014,

Once again, race has become a central issue in a presidential campaign. But this time, it's not all about people of color. It's also about white Americans, and what their place is in 21st century America.

This week, WNYC Studios and The Nation examine the history of what it means and has meant to be white in the United States of America.

WNYC’s Jim O’Grady accompanies journalist Chris Arnade to Long Island. What they find is that as the economy has transitioned away from manual labor, it's struck at the very heart of the way many working-class Americans define masculinity, and, in turn, themselves.

Plus, The Nation’s Kai Wright explores this notion with a group of Italian Americans who document their families' journey from immigrant scapegoats to full-fledged "whiteness."

Listen to The United States of Anxiety on WNYC, airing Thursday evenings at 7pm, and stay tuned for a live call-in

Episode Contributors:

Kai Wright

Jim O'Grady

Karen Frillmann

Joseph Capriglione

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Music Playlist

  1. United States of Anxiety Theme

    Artist: Nathan Halpern
  2. The Summit

    Artist: Blue Dot Sessions
    Album: K2
  3. Dixie

    Artist: Columbia Orchestra
  4. Black Ballots

    Artist: Blue Dot Sessions
    Album: Union Hall
  5. Face the Flag

    Artist: John Wayne
    Album: America, Why I Love Her
  6. 40 Hour Week (For a Livin')

    Artist: Alabama
    Album: 40 Hour Week
  7. Balti

    Artist: Blue Dot Sessions
    Album: K2