Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

Who Is The White Vote?

Thursday, November 05, 2020

NPR discusses the racial breakdown of current exit polls and how the electorate is changing.


The Story Behind Kamala Harris' Truancy Program

Saturday, October 17, 2020

HuffPost reporter Molly Redden explains how a program trying to reduce school absences produced unintended consequences—both for California families and Harris herself.


The Complicated Role Of Black Leaders In Shaping The Criminal Justice System

Friday, October 16, 2020

In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. explains the role that Black leaders, from prosecutors to legislators, have played in mass incarceration—and why it's more complicated than meets the eye.


How The America's Racial Justice Protests Have Affected A Port City Across The Ocean

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Two weeks after George Floyd's killing, protesters in Bristol, England, brought down the statue of a slave trader. NPR follows the ripples of America's racial justice protests across the Atlantic.


VIDEO: How Running's White Origins Led To The Dangers Of 'Running While Black'

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Why, until recently, has it been easier to talk about runners' safety for (white) women than for runners of color?


Activists Are Pushing For Consumers To Support Black Businesses. Is It Sustainable?

Friday, June 26, 2020

During a time of increased racial awareness in America, there's a big push to support Black-owned businesses. But can these efforts live past the moment and create lasting change?


How The Recent Black Lives Matter Movement Gained Increased White Support

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement have taken place all over the U.S. in the last few weeks, and recent polls show big jumps in white support for the movement over previous years.


Larger Conversation: If And When To Share Videos Of Violence

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The outrage from the release of a video led to the arrest of 2 white men involved in the shooting of a black jogger in Georgia. But what are the broader consequences of the drumbeat of videos like it?


When McDonald's Was A Road To Black Liberation

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

The historian Marcia Chatelain's new book, Franchise, outlines a forgotten history of McDonald's as a site of social protest and a mechanism black entrepreneurs hoped might spur black liberation.


Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Your stories about race and friendship brought up a lot of questions. Our friends at NPR's Code Switch podcast have some answers.


How Identity Has Changed — And Hasn't — Over 40 Years Of 'Morning Edition'

Friday, November 08, 2019

Since our show debuted in 1979, some notions of race and identity have changed dramatically, while in other ways the same painful battles continue.


This Family Believes They Can Trace Their Ancestry To The U.S.'s First Slave Ship

Friday, August 30, 2019

The first British ship carrying enslaved Africans landed in Virginia in 1619. The Tucker family believes they can trace their ancestry back to that ship — and are fighting to preserve their legacy.


White Supremacy Has Never Been Fringe

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Just as it did at the end of the 19th century — an era of racist lynchings and massacres — the idea that a less-white populace poses a danger to the United States continues to enjoy wide purchase.


Mainstream Politics Long Has Traded On Fear Of A Non-White America

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

White nationalism is not limited to the United States' radical, violent fringe groups. There's a long history in mainstream politics of stoking anxiety about America becoming less white.


Is 'Race Science' Making A Comeback?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

We talked to Angela Saini, author of the new book Superior: The Return of Race Science, about how race isn't real (but you know ... still is) and how race science crept its way into the 21st century.


The Mothers Who Fought To Radically Reimagine Welfare

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Black women have long been used as symbols in debates over welfare, but a movement of poor black women who fought to radically redefine aid to the poor as a guaranteed right has been mostly forgotten.


A Look At Why Victims Of Hate Crimes Often Aren't Believed

Friday, February 22, 2019

An effort to believe victims of hate crimes rose as a counter to a long history of disbelief. Actor Jussie Smollett appears to have taken advantage of the "impulse to believe" for personal benefit.


Why Blackface Endures

Friday, February 08, 2019

Blackface has been a constant in American culture going all the way back to the country's founding. It's one of those inconvenient facts of U.S. history: a white supremacist cultural building block.


Why Calls For Racial Dialogue So Rarely Lead To It

Monday, February 04, 2019

Gov. Northam has made a call for racial dialogue after his yearbook photo controversy, but these conversations are hard to have productively.


Why Calls For Racial Dialogue Rarely Lead To Actual Conversations

Monday, February 04, 2019

Over the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called for more conversations about race. But the calls for productive dialogue around race rarely lead to them.