The Takeaway

Race, Class and Baltimore: Inside a Divided City

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Takeaway digs into the history of Baltimore—from the roots of the city's segregation, its economic disparity and police-community problems, and what it means for the future.

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The Takeaway

Georgia Golf Course Claims History in Civil Rights Movement

Monday, April 13, 2015

In 1961, the Charles L. Bowden Golf Course became the first place in Macon, Georgia to integrate. Decades later, it's becoming a national historic landmark.


To the Best of Our Knowledge

Daring to Offend

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Talking about race is fraught these days, so it took guts for Paul Beatty to write his novel "The Sellout." It's a satire about a young black man who winds up on trial at the Supreme Court. And along the way, he enslaves an old friend and re-segregates the local high school.



Green Superheroes

Friday, March 13, 2015

With the American History Guys


The Takeaway

Race and Friendship: The Role of Segregation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A recent survey finds that 75 percent of white Americans have no non-white friends. We look at the role historically segregated housing plays.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Suburbs and Segregation

Monday, August 25, 2014

WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal and Slate's Jamelle Bouie explore the suburban racial divide. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Race, Class, and School Segregation 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education

Monday, July 14, 2014

A look at the whether school segregation is making a comeback across the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reparations

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Atlantic writer tracks the pervasive legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and housing discrimination.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Classroom, 60 Years After 'Brown'

Friday, May 16, 2014

Decades after the landmark Supreme Court decision, what are the realities of public education in under-resourced schools that may not be segregated by law — but are far from the integrated ideal?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Workers, Schools & Veterans Continue to Seek Justice

Friday, May 16, 2014

Whistleblower Sheds Light on VA Neglect | 60 Years After 'Brown,' What Still Divides America's Classrooms? | The Reviews of This Weekend's Big New Movie Releases | Why The Indian Elections are Massive in Scale and Importance | Wage Theft Rampant in Low Skill Industries



New York Schools Most Segregated in U.S.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


The most segregated schools in NYC? Charters, according to a new report.

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American RadioWorks

Remembering Jim Crow

Sunday, February 09, 2014

For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow.



Stax Records: An Integrated Refuge

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Stax Records built a soul music empire, but Memphis music historian Robert Gordon says it was more than a record label: Stax provided a refuge from the racial tensions roiling the South in the 1960's.


The Takeaway

1967: The Year that Changed College Football

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the world of civil rights, 1967 was a historic year. Though slightly more modest, the college football field also made civil rights history in 1967. Samuel Freedman is the author of the new book “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights."


New Jersey News

Reports: NJ Schools Some of the Nation's Most Segregated

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Some schools in New Jersey are strikingly segregated, according to two new reports.


The Takeaway

Race and College Admissions: Desegregation and Affirmative Action

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will determine the fate of affirmative action in college admissions. Most Americans think of affirmative action as a post-Civil Rights Era phenomenon, but race has long played a role in college admissions. Fifty years ago today, Alabama Governor George Wallace made his final stand for segregation at the University of Alabama. That evening, in a landmark speech, President Kennedy called on Congress to pass comprehensive civil rights legislation.

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The Takeaway

54 Years Later: A High School Diploma

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

After more than 50 years, 71-year-old civil rights trailblazer, Olivia Ferguson McQueen, receives the long-overdue high school diploma she was once denied. 


The Takeaway

Justice on the Streets of Birmingham, 1963

Friday, May 03, 2013

This week marks 50 years since the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, when more than a thousand African-American children gathered in downtown Birmingham to peacefully protest segregation. Then a teenager, Janice Kelsey left high school to march that day and faced arrest as Birmingham police, led by the infamous commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor, attacked her friends with high pressure fire hoses, police dogs and clubs.

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The Takeaway

The Challenge of Justice: From Ancient Athens to Guantanamo Bay

Friday, May 03, 2013

In this special episode, The Takeaway examines the concepts of law and justice, from the abstract principles of Plato's Athens to the concrete challenges of achieving justice in multicultural, modern America.

Law professor Jeffrey Rosen explores the constitutional questions in the jurisdictional no man's land of Guantanamo Bay; Robin Steinberg, executive director of the Bronx Defenders, describes the obstacles to justice in the public defense system; Janice Kelsey, a participant in the 1963 Children's Crusade to protest segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, remembers finding justice through the Civil Rights Movement; Professors David Miller and Martha Nussbaum explore the ancient underpinnings of our modern justice system, and the challenges of finding justice in a multicultural society; and, finally, a story of what happens when justice fails with Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death row inmate who was exonerated on DNA evidence.

Life of the Law

Reporter on Death Row

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What do we really know about death row in California? When we don’t know we create, we imagine.