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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Our guest Nell Irvin Painter, author of “The History of White People,” wrote in after our show with more thoughts about New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s notion of “white anxiety.” Here’s her note.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Our show Wednesday examined new racial sensitivities, and the latest wrinkle in this debate is the controversy over USDA official Shirley Sherrod. Here’s the full video in question that got her in trouble, after a conservative blogger circulated an excerpt.

 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Detroit residents fill out applications while attending a job fair, Feb. 2010. (AP)

Poor white America in the century of diversity.

 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from the 1962 movie "To Kill a Mockingbird." (AP)

“To Kill a Mockingbird” turns 50. We bring back Atticus, Scout and Boo Radley in Harper Lee’s great novel of race and justice.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

We had a great crew in the studio today to talk about Lydia Diamond’s new play, “Stick Fly.” It’s currently being produced in Boston by the Huntington Theatre Company. You can see some photos below we shot during the broadcast.

 
Monday, January 18, 2010 | 10:00 AM

On Martin Luther King Day, African Americans speak on race and what’s changed in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency.

 
Monday, January 11, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Alex Haley wrote “Roots.” Now a new generation tells the African-American slave story. We’ll talk to 18-year-old debut novelist Noni Carter.

 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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Thelonious Monk. Jazz giant. American hipster. A new biography takes us into his life and enigmatic music.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Harvard professor who has been much in the news this week – and was a big topic in our news roundtable  today – had a thought-provoking conversation with Tom in 2006.

 
Monday, June 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Novelist Joseph O’Neill’s award-winning novel, “Netherland,” has been on the president’s nightstand. We talk with O’Neill, and with writer James McBride, about its themes of American identity.

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Oct 1, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

Oct 1, 2014
Actress Eva Longoria, center, Henry R. Munoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, left, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are seated at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee, at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP)

Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?

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In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

 
Sep 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

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