Gene Demby

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In The South, Way More People Are Identifying As Both Black And White

Friday, February 27, 2015

The number of people who identify as belonging to two or more races keeps climbing with each Census. The number of people identified as both black and white, for example, more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, from about 780,000 to 1.8 million.

A closer look at where this ...


Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.

The case


How Birthright Citizenship For American Samoans Could Threaten 'The Samoan Way'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

American Samoans are in a very peculiar political limbo: Unlike on any other patch of U.S. soil in the world, children born on the small Pacific Islands are not automatically granted American citizenship. They are U.S. nationals, but not U.S. citizens.

Leneuoti Tuaua, one of the plaintiffs in a case ...


A White Supremacist's Legacy Looms Over Schools In South Carolina

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Earlier this week, the board of trustees at Clemson University in South Carolina decided not to change the name of the school's iconic clock tower, Tillman Hall, despite protests by grad students and professors. It's named after Benjamin Tillman, who was a South Carolina governor and a ...


Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last week, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state's only public historically black college for two years.

"We are looking at a bankrupt institution," state House Rep. Jim Merrill told reporters. "No one takes any pleasure in recommending this."

And indeed, the school is in rough shape. It ...


Study: Locking Lots Of People Up Did Not Cause The Great Crime Drop

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The long-running debate over what's driving the country's staggering (and ongoing) drop in crime just got more complicated. With a major new report, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU has effectively squashed one popular theory: throwing massive amounts of people in prison did not bring down crime.

"At ...


NYPD's Top Cop Wants To Make It A Felony to Resist Arrest

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Last week, New York City's police commissioner Bill Bratton went before state lawmakers and asked them to raise the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.

"We need to get around this idea that you can resist arrest," he later told reporters. "It results in potential ...


Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A D.C. charter school founded by and located at Howard University has been embroiled for days in an increasingly public fight over the firing of three teachers, Parents and students claim the teachers were dismissed for teaching Black History Month lessons, they've mobilized in protest, and social media is abuzz. ...


What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

Friday, January 30, 2015

By now, you've surely seen Jonathan Chait's sprawling takedown of what he describes as a dangerous resurgence of political correctness in the 21st century. In his telling, a PC culture that flourished on college campuses in the 90's is back, stronger than ever thanks to Twitter and social media, ...

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Join Us Tonight to Talk About The "Whiteness of Public Radio Voice"

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When Chenjerai Kumanyika sat down to record his first public radio piece last summer, he was thrown off by his own voice.

He didn't sound like Sarah Koenig of Serial or Roman Mars of 99 % Invisible. They sounded wonderful, Kumanyika thought. "They also ...

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

Sunday, January 18, 2015

At the end of Selma, the new movie about a pivotal campaign in the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) rises to address a crowd in front of a courthouse.

It's a recreation of the moment in which King gave one of his


A Search For The Story In A Long-Buried, Jim Crow Era Photo

Friday, January 16, 2015

James Estrin of the New York Times' Lens blog and his colleagues have become fixated on a old, recently rediscovered old photo taken by Gordon Parks, the legendary Life magazine photographer. So they've put out a call to their readers for any helpful info about it.

Here's what ...


A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

Thursday, January 08, 2015

In the aftermath of the massacre Wednesday at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine, there are obviously big questions about the attackers, their motives and what it might mean for French society. For more of NPR's coverage of the attack and of Charlie Hebdo, check out the Two-Way.



2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Race is a constant underlying theme in American sports — in conversations about labor vs. ownership, social responsibility, changing demographics and meritocracy — and this year, it seemed like everywhere you looked, the subtext was becoming text. Professional athletes became more outspoken about racial controversies, while ...


'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.


Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.


Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Flitting Between Solutions For Police Violence

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Take a look at the flier for this weekend's planned "Justice For All March" in Washington, D.C., which is centered on several recent police-involved killings of unarmed black men. There's no specific policy demand on that flier — perhaps because the problem doesn't lend itself to a singular fix.



Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Never Alone, a new video game by E-Line Media, has been generating a lot of buzz in recent months. Its developers teamed up with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a nonprofit that works with Native Alaskans, creating Never Alone as a way to help transmit traditional tribal stories to younger ...


Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Movie award season is upon us once again, which means that it's peak biopic season. You know what I mean — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person portrayed by a Very Serious Actor.

These blockbuster, wide-release biopics have been reliable vehicles for many actors ...