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Connecticut Police Chief Retiring As FBI Probes Police Harassment Case

Monday, January 30, 2012

The police chief of East Haven, Conn. will retire this week as his department is probed by the Justice Dept. on allegations of racial bias, harassment and attacks on East Haven Latinos and Latino businesses.

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Soundcheck

Art in a 'Post-Black' Era

Monday, January 16, 2012

In his book Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? the writer and TV host Touré explores the ever-evolving role of race in America. The book is part autobiography, part cultural analysis – and draws on interviews with more than 100 thinkers and artists, including Chuck D, Santigold, Kara Walker and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Touré joins us to discuss what it means to be black in America today.

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Soundcheck

In Discussion: Lenny Kravitz

Friday, January 13, 2012

Early in his career, musician Lenny Kravitz sang about curbside discrimination in New York on the song “Mr. Cab Driver.” He joins us to explain how racism in the Obama era inspired the title track of his latest album, Black and White America. Plus, he talks about his role in the upcoming screen adaptation of the young-adult sci-fi novel The Hunger Games.

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WNYC News

Judge Robert Carter, An 'Architect Of Desegregation,' Has Died

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

He was a key member of the legal team that convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw segregated public schools in 1954's landmark Brown v. the Board of Education decision.

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WNYC News

BofA's Countrywide To Pay $335 Million, Settling Lending Discrimination Case

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Justice Department alleges more than 200,000 minorities were charged higher interest rates based on the color of their skin. The agreement is the largest residential fair lending settlement in history.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dominicans and Race

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editor-in-chief of The Root, host of the PBS series Faces of America, and author of Black in Latin America explores racial dynamics in the Dominican Republic, where he was surprised to find that Dominicans do not consider themselves black. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a Movie: "The Help"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Help, based on the popular book by the same name, opened in movie theaters yesterday. Sheri Parks, professor of American studies at the University of Maryland and author of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture, and David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, provide historical and cultural context for the book and new feature film.

Listeners: Did you see the movie yet? Did you read the book? What are your thoughts about "The Help"? Call us or comment here!

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