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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Negative Take on Affirmative Action

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Conservative Jason Riley thinks that affirmative action is “social engineering” with good intentions and harmful consequences – and that African Americans need to “stand on their own” for change to occur.

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Conducting Business

Orchestras Move at Adagio Pace in Hiring Black and Latino Musicians

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Only about four percent of American orchestra musicians are black and Latino, a number that has changed little in recent history.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Where You're From, Not What You Look Like

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Should we end race-based affirmative action in favor of helping people from certain geographic areas instead? Georgetown Law professor Sherryl Cashin makes the case that where you're from matters much more than what you look like. Plus: read an excerpt of her new book.

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WNYC News

Private Institutions Eye Affirmative Action Decision

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The impact of the Supreme Court decision this week regarding affirmative action is being felt in states across the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Takes on Affirmative Action, Political Lying, More

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday they issued a decision upholding Michigan's right to ban affirmative action in college admission practices. The court also heard a case about the Internet TV provider Aereo, that could have a big impact on broadcast and online media and arguments about whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during a political campaign. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, rounds up the decisions and arguments, and takes your calls about what comes next.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In a 6-to-2 decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan state ban on affirmative action in public higher education. Kareem Crayton, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina Law School, explains the ramifications of this ruling.

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The Takeaway

Affirmative Action Back Before the Supreme Court

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court hears a challenge to Michigan's ban on affirmative action, in the case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The outcome of this case could have repercussions for five other states that have outlawed affirmative action, including California, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska and Oklahoma. University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman explores the case and its potential impact in Michigan and across the country.

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WQXR Blog

Orchestras Must Recruit More Black and Latino Musicians, Says Sphinx President

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Aaron Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization offered a stinging critique of the orchestra field in a speech Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, saying that symphonies aren't doing nearly enough to diversify their ranks.

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The Takeaway

Another Blockbuster Term for the Supreme Court

Monday, October 07, 2013

While the federal government shutdown has shuttered much of Washington, today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-2014 term. The nation's highest judicial body will rule on abortion, affirmative action and much more. Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, unpacks the major cases before the Court over the next eight months.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

For Discrimination

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy, author of For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law, argues in favor of affirmative action, both personally and academically.  

→EVENT:  Prof. Kennedy will be speaking tonight at 6:30 at a ticketed event at New York Historical Society.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Deep Dive: Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Before and After Fisher v. UT

Friday, June 28, 2013

This week the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Fisher vs. UT-Austin that throws the future of affirmative action policies into question. William Darity Jr., Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University and Co-Director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, discusses the origins of affirmative action in America and where it stands today. Then Peter Schmidt, senior writer covering affirmative action at The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action, talks about the methods public and private colleges and universities are using to increase diversity on campus. Plus: Your calls on how your life story intersects with affirmative action policies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast, Deep, and Out of Control: A BL Show Experiment

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's a Brian Lehrer Show experiment called "Fast, Deep, and Out of Control." One hour of quick-hit segments; one hour deep dive; and one "out of control" call-in. Wendy Davis’ filibuster shone a spotlight on a legislative battle over abortion access in Texas. We’ll look at the wider landscape of abortion rights in the U.S. Then, the root of extradition agreements and how they work; and why the National Institutes of Health have announced they’re moving away from research on our close relatives, chimpanzees. Plus: a special deep dive on affirmative action – including the history of the policy, goals, and how to know when it’s working.

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WNYC News

SCOTUS Ruling Highlights NYC Area Schools' Affirmative Action Policies

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action programs keeps them alive, including at schools in New York and New Jersey. But even if they don't use race as a factor in admissions, many local schools are supporting the ruling.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Sidesteps Affirmative Action Ruling

Monday, June 24, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court seems to have avoided a big decision in the affirmative action case, Fisher vs. The University of Texas. The Court essentially issued a non-ruling, sending the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. To find out what this sidestep means, we welcome Kareem Crayton, professor of law at the University of North Carolina Law School.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Emily Bazelon on the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Ruling

Monday, June 24, 2013

Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, discusses the Supreme Court's ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas.

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WNYC News

Explainer: The Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled Monday on one of the country's most divisive issues — affirmative action. We explain what you need to know.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Previewing Big Decisions at the Supreme Court

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, previews the big cases the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on before the end of the term in June.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Looking at Affirmative Action

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Legal journalist Stuart Taylor and law professor Richard Sander examine what affirmative action has become, arguing that while the objective is laudable, the effects have not always been positive. In their book Mismatch they make the case that Affirmative Action hurts the students it’s intended to help and looks at why universities are reluctant to admit it and address problems.

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The Takeaway

How Integrated Education Began at the University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas. It’s a case that could bring an end to affirmative action, if the plaintiff, white student Abigail Fisher, wins. It’s also a case that might bring to a close an integrated era in Texas and the United States that began not with Brown versus the Board of Education, as many people presume, but with Sweatt v. Painter in 1950. 

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The Takeaway

University of Texas Students Weigh in on Affirmative Action

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Supreme Court is currently considering the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which centers on whether affirmative action should play a role in student admission. The case has led to debate across the country and on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Three diverse University of Texas students share their opinions on whether affirmative action is necessary or outdated.

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