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Friday, August 27, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Warner Oland as Charlie Chan (Credit: Fox Home Entertainment)

Reexamining the silver screen detective Charlie Chan. A new book investigates the caricature cop and the real-life detective he was based on.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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The Shirley Sherrod story turns a spotlight on big problems in the quality of our national information flow. We ask what’s news, what’s propaganda?

 
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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Jan 29, 2015
Mike Johnson, a sales manager at a local Honda car dealership, walks past a row of Honda CRV SUVs Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP)

Is it the next subprime scandal? Banking giants piling into high-interest auto loans for the poor. We’ll investigate.

Jan 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

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