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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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."

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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 Takeaway

The Role of Names in Racism & Cultural Pride

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.

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The Takeaway

One Mother Considers Racial Connotations of Naming Her Child

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Counterterrorism Efforts; Lhota's Next Move; Asian Identity on TV; School 911 Calls

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.

WNYC News

Miss America's Haters Meet Their Match

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."

WNYC News

Not Quite Post-Racial, New York Politics Is Still Tribal

Friday, September 13, 2013

WNYC

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."

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Community

How Hard are Interracial Friendships in 2013?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How hard are interracial friendships in 2013? How important is having friends from across the color divide to solving racial issues? 

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Micropolis

MICROPOLIS: Sikh Men & the Meaning of Turbans

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?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Hard are Interracial Friendships in 2013?

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Syria Authorization; Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby on Race

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.

WNYC News

MICROPOLIS: Revisiting the 1963 March on Washington

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.

The New York contingent was so big, that the MTA ran extra subway trains after midnight. Hundreds of buses set out for Washington, from across the city. Black firefighters made the trip, having been trained by Rustin in non-violent crowd control. So did local cops -- Horowitz said for the first time they were allowed to travel without their guns, because Mayor Robert Wagner lifted a city ordinance just for the occasion. Mildred Roxboro, an NAACP activist in her 80s who grew up under segregation in Tennessee, says the amount of effort that went into the event corresponded to the mounting tension within the civil rights community.
MILDRED ROXBORO: The feeling was that we have been pushed to a precipice here, and we have got to do something to get the conscience of this nation involved, so it can be understood that this cannot continue. 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Man Behind "The Butler"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wil Haygood, long-time Washington Post columnist on race and politics, who wrote the article that inspired the new movie "Lee Daniels’ The Butler", discusses his piece, and his work covering race and civil rights, one day before the anniversary of the March on Washington.

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The Takeaway

Will Holder's New Policy on Drug Sentences Transform Criminal Justice?

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: An Interracial, Intergenerational Conversation About Race in America

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.

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The Takeaway

What do Floridians Make of the Stevie Wonder Boycott?

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.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin & Race

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.

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Schoolbook

Students Grapple with Zimmerman Verdict

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More than one hundred students and instructors gathered on Tuesday at Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem to discuss the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

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The Takeaway

Florida's Stand Your Ground Law & Race Relations

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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The Takeaway

Neighborhood Watch Members React to Zimmerman Verdict | California Prison System Under Scrutiny | Florida's Stand Your Ground Law & Race Relations

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Neighborhood Watch Members React to Zimmerman Verdict | California Prison System Sees Scrutiny for Overcrowding, Inhumane Conditions | Examining Florida's Stand Your Ground Law & Race Relations | Is Egypt's Interim Government Losing Ground? | Drug King Captured Near Texas Border | New Revelations Come to Light in Boston Strangler Saga