African Americans

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The American Genealogical Mosaic

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The United States has just over 300 million people. If you break that down to a biological level, that equals about 13.8 billion human chromosomes, and at least 90 trillion human genes. So what do all these genes say about the country? What do they say about us? In his new book "DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America," Bryan Sykes tackles this issue head-on.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Sister Citizen: Black Women and Politics

Monday, September 26, 2011

Professor of political science at Tulane University, contributor to MSNBC and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, Melissa Harris-Perry, talks the political lives of American black women and what stereotypes keep black women from civic engagement.

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Black Confederate Soldiers: Myth or Reality?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Tuesday, to mark the 150-year anniversary of the start of the Civil War, we aired a segment featuring two African-American men whose ancestors fought with the confederate army. Nelson Winbush and Stan Armstrong said they are proud of their relatives' military service. But to some of our listeners the segment smacked of misinformation. Did African-Americans fight in the Confederate Army in the Civil War? And if so, did they do so out of free will or as enslaved people?

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Abortion Rate Among Black Women Sparks Debate in Community

Monday, March 14, 2011


A controversial anti-abortion billboard that went up — and was taken down — in Soho last month targeting the black community with the tag line "The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in the Womb" sparked debate about the city's abortion rate.


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