Gene Demby

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A Family's Agony Intersects With A National Tragedy

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Early Tuesday morning, the Brown University crew team discovered a body floating in the water off India Point Park in Providence, R.I.

Today the body was identified as that of Sunil Tripathi, a missing Brown University student who for a few hours was erroneously identified on social media sites ...


Why Does Wisconsin Lock Up More Black Men Than Any Other State?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What is going on in Wisconsin?

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that looked at the prison population there found that the state has the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the country. About 1 in 8 black men of working age (13 percent) are in ...


Ethnicity, Religion And The Tsarnaev Brothers

Monday, April 22, 2013

A week after the marathon bombings in Boston, we're still trying to make sense of just what motivated the Tsarnaev brothers, the two suspects in the attacks.

One big question that's been central to a lot of conversations we keep seeing: just what race do the Tsarnaev brothers belong to? ...


When Audiences Go To The Movies Out Of Moral Obligation

Friday, April 19, 2013

Just before Red Tails dropped last year, George Lucas went on 'The Daily Show' and said that he had a hard time getting studios to bankroll and distribute his film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering black fighter pilots from World War II.

"It's because it's an all-black movie," Lucas ...


Blogger ProFile: 'Man Improbably Lands Dream Job, Spends Entire Salary on Ice Cream'

Thursday, April 18, 2013

There's a new team of journalists at NPR. You'll see their work online at the Code Switch blog and hear their voices on air, exploring "the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is ...


Repealing Law In 'Baby Veronica' Case Would Be 'Tragic,' Says Author

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the oddly named and much watched Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case. And the more you dig into the details of the case — known on the talk show circuit as the "Baby Veronica" case — the messier the ...


Unauthorized Latino Migrants Are Optimistic About Immigration Reform, Poll Finds

Monday, April 15, 2013

Over the weekend, Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator from Florida, appeared on all of the Sunday political shows — as well as the talk shows on Telemundo and Univision — to stump for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. A bill is expected to be introduced to Congress this ...


When Our Kids Own America

Monday, April 15, 2013

CHAPTER I: Old stories

Brooklyn Park, which sits just to the northwest of Minneapolis and hugs the Mississippi River, was once the quintessential American suburb: Pretty sleepy. Midwestern. Mostly white. Jesse Ventura, the garrulous former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler, used to be the city's mayor. It was the childhood ...


NPR Team Covers Race, Ethnicity And Culture

Monday, April 15, 2013


Lessons Learned From 1986's Path To Citizenship

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Marchers dressed in white descended on Wednesday on the Capitol to press Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration policies. One of the key thrusts of their appeal: an on-ramp to citizenship for the millions of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States.

The last time the federal government ...


Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist' Sparks At Least One Dialogue

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The song was an instant hit all over the Internet, though not (perhaps) the way its creators intended.

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Zoë Saldaña Climbed Into Lt. Uhura's Chair, Reluctantly

Monday, April 08, 2013

The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' actress almost passed on the role — just like Nichelle Nichols, the woman who made it famous.


Will Mad Men's Sixth Season Finally Bring Race Into The Picture?

Monday, April 08, 2013

After an interminable wait, we were pretty amped for the return of AMC's "Mad Men" and its myriad vexing questions. Like: Is Megan exactly what Don needs or is she just slowing down his unraveling? Is Betty a soulless woman played expertly by January Jones or, uh, is that just ...


How Code-Switching Explains The World

Monday, April 08, 2013

So you're at work one day and you're talking to your colleagues in that professional, polite, kind of buttoned-up voice that people use when they're doing professional work stuff.

Your mom or your friend or your partner calls on the phone and you answer. And without thinking, you start talking ...