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Florida's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Richard Spencer Speech

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:21:00 -0400

As a state entity, the University of Florida must allow the white nationalist to speak on campus. But its president urged students and staff to avoid the event and shun its speaker.



Actor Chadwick Boseman On His New Role As 'Marshall'

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:12:03 -0400

Chadwick Boseman has made a name for himself in Hollywood playing prominent African-American figures like Jackie Robinson and James Brown. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the actor about his latest film,Marshall, which follows an early case in the career of eventual Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: At 6:30 into the piece, Boseman says he's been called a "nigger," a word some may find offensive. The word is not bleeped.



How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:26:16 -0400

Journalist and 2017 MacArthur "genius" grant award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones says that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. Originally broadcast Jan. 16, 2017.



On Halloween, Insensitivity Goes Beyond Kimonos And Black Face

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Halloween is nigh. Does your costume pass the racial sensitivity test? That's our topic this week on Ask Code Switch.



A Look At The Confederate Monuments Debate From Gettysburg Memorial

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:08:00 -0400

Gettysburg, Pa., where Union forces turned the tide of the Civil War in a horrific battle, has the largest number of Confederate monuments in the country. The national park there has been the scene of reconciliation between north and south, but current events suggest that reconciliation is still an ongoing process.



A History Of Activism In Baseball

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:18:00 -0400

The Undefeated's Rhiannon Walker talks with Steve Inskeep about the legacy of Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams and the history of social activism in professional sports.



Words You'll Hear: Indigenous Peoples Day

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:40:19 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, about the growing movement to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in cities and counties across the country.



Dove Expresses 'Regret' For Racially Insensitive Ad

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The beauty brand pulled the ad for body wash from its Facebook page following a backlash from social media users.



Two Years After A Violent Altercation At A S.C. High School, Has Anything Changed?

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:01:00 -0400

A video of a school resource officer throwing a student sparked a national debate about race, discipline and the role of law enforcement in schools.



A New Musical — And Its Audience — Grapple With Asian Identity, Through K-Pop

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

The show's plot and very existence provoke larger questions around race, representation and casting.



New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:25:00 -0400

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."



Many Black Families Watching As 'Take A Knee' NFL Protests Continue

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:50:00 -0400

For a week, black NFL players have been under an even brighter spotlight than on any given Sunday and while some families are turning away from the game, others are watching closely.



Fitting Memphis Into The Southern Narrative

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 08:08:39 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to writer and sociologist Zandria Robinson about the racial tensions that still exist in Memphis.



How The Tax Code Affects Minorities

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 08:08:00 -0400

Republicans have put out a blueprint for their tax overhaul. Professor Dorothy Brown of Emory University tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro it favors wealthy white Americans over minorities.



Louisiana School District Threatens To Remove Athletes For 'Take A Knee' Protests

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:40:13 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Frederick Schauer, a law professor at the University of Virginia, about whether this directive is constitutional.