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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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Author Colson Whitehead on his new novel, “Sag Harbor,” a coming-of-age story in Long Island’s African-American summer community.

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Friday, March 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM

We talk with the Blind Boys of Alabama about their new album, and making music, “Down in New Orleans.”

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Introduction The popular enchantment with the art of letter writing can be traced back to the 1730s, when the poet Alexander Pope published his correspondence as literary works. Since then, hundreds of epistolary anthologies have been compiled, attesting to the enduring power of letters to satisfy our voyeuristic yearnings while animating and explicating facts. As […]

 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | 11:00 AM

A groundbreaking new anthology tells the African-American story through the letters of slaves, poets, statesmen, and lovers.

 
Friday, January 2, 2009 | 11:00 AM

On January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Historian Edna Greene Medford explains what it meant for African Americans, and how it resonates in the era of Obama.

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Legal eagle turned best-selling novelist Stephen Carter does it again, with black power brokers and the White House. He joins us.

 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 | 11:00 AM

When John Hope Franklin was six-years-old in rural Oklahoma, a white railway conductor literally threw this very young black American, and his mother, off the train — when they had the temerity to sit in a whites-only car. That was eighty-four years ago. Now John Hope Franklin is ninety, and one of the country’s most […]

 
Friday, September 6, 2002 | 11:00 AM

After being banned from performing at Washington DC’s Constitutional Hall because of her race, Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an enthusiastic audience of 75,000, whites and blacks together. We look back.

 
Monday, September 2, 2002 | 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Flash is one of the most influential pioneers in the musical genres that have come to be known as rap and hip-hop.

 
Friday, April 12, 2002 | 11:00 AM

Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album “What’s Going On?” has been called the greatest soul album of all time. It was Gaye’s first shot at producing his own work and Motown’s first shot at a “concept album” protesting everything from America’s involvement in Vietnam to the abuse of the environment. “What’s Going On” brought a political consciousness […]

 
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May 5, 2016
Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Detroit Public Schools transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. The mass sick-out has forced the district to close 94 of its 97 schools. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. The state earlier gave the district $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep it open through June 30 as the Legislature considers a $720 million restructuring plan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fixing Michigan- from Flint’s water crisis to failing schools in Detroit. Are state takeovers the answers or the problem?

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BEING CHARLIE Common and Nick Robinson Photo by Fred Hayes (PALADIN Release)

Director and actor Rob Reiner and his son, Nick, get personal in their new film “Being Charlie,” which takes on his son’s drug addiction.

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Leslie Stahl with her grandchild Jordan. (Courtesy: Leslie Stahl)

Trailblazing journalist Lesley Stahl on her new book Becoming Grandma, and the joys, the science, the struggles, the evolution of being a grandparent today.

 
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his wife Melania, right, and daughter Ivanka, left, as he arrives for a primary night news conference, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Results from the 2016 Indiana primary. Does it cement two pathways to the nominations?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

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‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

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That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

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