Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Harvard University professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, Henry Louis Gates Jr., talks about his new six-part series airing on PBS starting tonight, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross."
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.
Monday, September 23, 2013
We've started a discussion about names and race. Specifically, how names may identify our racial and economic profile. Nikisia Drayton decided not to name her child a name that would strongly identify him as African American. We wanted to hear other opinions on this issue. Akiba Solomon is managing editor for Colorlines.com. She is proud of her distinct name.
Friday, September 20, 2013
We tend to make a host of assumptions about certain names—about race and many other identity markers—that also appear in online search results. That association troubles one expectant mother. Nikisia Drayton has shared her struggle to choose an appropriate name for her unborn child. She has written about her decision for the New York Times.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The AP's Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting and new book on the NYPD's counterterrorism unit and its domestic spying practices post-9/11. Plus: How Joe Lhota might capture enough votes to win the general election; Jeff Yang on perceptions of Asian American women on television, including Julie Chen and the first South Asian Miss America; WNYC's Beth Fertig on public schools using 911 calls to manage disruptive students; and how NYC's art and real estate markets interact.
Monday, September 16, 2013
New Yorker Nina Davuluri won the pageant, becoming the first person of Indian descent to claim the title. But it was the racist backlash to her win that made this episode significant — online remarks like "Miss America? You mean, Miss 7-11?" or ones that called her "Miss Al-Qaeda."
Friday, September 13, 2013
In the Democratic primary race for mayor, Bill De Blasio won over more black voters than the black candidate, Bill Thompson, and more gay and lesbian voters than Christine Quinn, who is a lesbian. Are these signs of a post-racial, post-identity New York?
Hardly, says Ali Najmi, who argues that "local politics in New York City is more tribal than Kansas."
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
In this latest episode of Micropolis, we examine the age-old persecution of Sikhs, from India to post-9/11 America. Why do Sikhs such as actor Waris Ahluwalia (Inside Man, The Darjeeling Limited) identify with the racial history of African Americans?
And why, despite persecution and name-calling, do Sikh men continue to wear turbans?
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
How hard are interracial friendships in 2013? How important is having friends from across the color divide to solving racial issues? Baratunde Thurston, CEO of Cultivated Wit and author of How to Be Black; and Tanner Colby, author of Some of My Best Friends are Black preview their event this week with Soledad O'Brien, discussing race, identity, and the persistent color line.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
President Obama is asking Congress to grant authorization for military action in Syria. We discuss the latest developments and take your calls with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. Plus: A conversation about conversations about race with Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The March on Washington — 50 years ago today — brought a quarter million demonstrators to the nation's capital, but it was planned and coordinated right here, in New York. It was an enormous logistical operation, years before cell phones and email, and it all happened uptown, in an office on 130th Street in Harlem.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
As Attorney General Eric Holder made clear in a speech yesterday, drug sentencing about to change. Mandatory minimums revolutionized the justice system, so how will Holder's new guidelines transform criminal justice today? Joining us to discuss this are two veterans of the system—Robin Steinberg, Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders and Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, President Obama spoke about how young people have a different view of race than his generation. "[A]s difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better," he said. "Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race." We take calls from young people, parents, and others – how do young people view race differently from previous generations? Does it have to do with just being young, or with societal progress? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or call in to 212-433-9692.
Monday, July 22, 2013
A little over a week ago, in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, Stevie Wonder announced that he’d be boycotting the state of Florida and all other states with Stand Your Ground laws. But what do people in Florida—specifically those in the Florida music scene—think about this boycott? Jerry Dufrain, co-owner of The Orpheum music venue in Tampa, weighs in. Craig Kopp, a host at Takeaway affiliate WUSF in Tampa, discusses the backlash against the state and whether there really is a problem with Florida.
Monday, July 22, 2013
On Friday, President Obama addressed the nation, the verdict and commented on the racial climate in the country. Was the President a bridge builder? How has his identity and his place in history been affected by these events and his response to them? Joining us to discuss race in American and President Obama's response to the case is Hermene Hartman, editor-in-chief of N’Digo Magazine in Chicago.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This past weekend, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. It’s a verdict that’s outraged many, and led to debates around the country about race relations, justice and the particular laws and social climate of Florida. As author T.D. Allman sees it, the focus on Florida is warranted—not just because the case reflects the unique history of Florida—but also because Florida is a microcosm of the rest of the United States.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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