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8:23 am
Mon July 14, 2014

How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians

An album cover for Lee S. Roberts and J. Will Callahan's 1917 song "Ching Chong."
The Library Of Congress

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:01 pm

When Kwok-Ming Cheng went to a Whole Foods in New York City to pick up some pre-ordered sandwiches over the Fourth of July weekend, he wasn't expecting to get tapped with a new nickname.

"Are you Ching Chong?"

That's the question Cheng said he heard from a customer service representative at the grocery store.

It's a slur I and many other Asian-American folks have heard at some point in our lives. But every time I hear it, I can't help but wonder, "How is this thing still around? And where did it even come from?"

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4:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children

A record of Garrett Morgan's traffic light patent submission at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Garrett Morgan U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:51 pm

Hey, remember Hilary Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

She's back, but in a different light. Actress Karyn Parsons has started a new organization — Sweet Blackberry — that makes short, animated films about influential, yet lesser-known African-Americans.

She still loves acting, she told Kelly McEvers of Weekend All Things Considered, but her priorities have changed since she became a mom.

Parson says being pregnant with her daughter got her thinking about her responsibility, as a parent, to add to her kids' formal education.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sat July 12, 2014

What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

Firefighters in Chicago hose down the scene of a shooting last fall where several people, including a toddler, were shot.
Paul Beaty ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:28 am

We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. We conduct protracted, unsatisfying conversations about gun rights, and about mental illness, and about how we have to make sure that they never happen again.

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Code Switch
4:36 am
Sat July 12, 2014

35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her

Celebrated soul singer Minnie Riperton, shown here in March 1976, passed away in 1979 at the age of 31.
AP

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 11:12 am

"There are just some songs you just don't touch because they're done so well, so like, don't even try," says 24-year-old Moses Sumney. "But I'm going to try."

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Barbershop
11:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

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Music
11:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music

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Now as this program winds down - the last broadcast is scheduled for August 1 - we thought it would be nice to hear about the music members of our staff are listening to as part of our series, In Your Ear. Producer Freddie Boswell has spent most of her life living and traveling outside of the U.S. from Kenya and Tanzania to (unintelligible) and England, and that definitely informs what's on her playlist.

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Faith Matters
11:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

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Sports
11:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

With Brazil Out Of The World Cup, Was The Price Tag Worth It?

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Code Switch
4:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith

Between Eli and Zarina (Greg Keller and Nadine Malouf), a family's Muslim faith undergoes rupture and renewal.
Erin Baiano Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:18 am

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, Disgraced, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.

Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. His plays often feature cutting dialogue and confrontations steeped in the tension between Islamic tradition and personal evolution.

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Code Switch
1:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention

This spot forbids "urban wear" — and also orthodontia, apparently.
memestate flickr

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:37 pm

A Minneapolis nightspot called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.

No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. No excessively baggy clothing.

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Author Interviews
11:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:00 pm

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Africa
11:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Nigeria Schoolgirls Still Missing, President Seems Detached

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:00 pm

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News
11:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

In Central America, Attempts To Cross U.S. Border Like 'Feeding Frenzy'

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:00 pm

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Music
11:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

TMM Editor Says The Song 'Take It Easy' Captures Spirit Of Show

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:58 pm

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Sports
11:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Twitter Turns World Cup Into A 'Global Sports Bar'

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:00 pm

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Code Switch
5:50 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Community Outraged Over Video Showing Officer Beating Woman

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Prosecutors here in Los Angeles are being asked to look into what happened last week when an officer with the California Highway Patrol - the CHP - was caught on video repeatedly punching in African-American woman on the side of a freeway. The video has since gone viral and civil rights activists have called for swift action against the officer. NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji has more.

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Can I Just Tell You?
11:43 am
Wed July 9, 2014

After A Bad Bike Crash, Lessons In Limits And Love

Tell Me More producer Amy Ta in racing mode.
John Clark Jr. Courtesy of Amy Ta

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:50 pm

My last hill ride was epic — just not in the way I'd hoped it would be. I'll always remember the date: June 7. The route was called "Hell's Delight." Seventy miles of the steepest hills I had ever done. And trust me, I've done a lot.

But "Hell's Delight" was a new kind of suffering. And, although we road racers enjoy suffering, that day I went too far. About 5 miles before the finish, I crashed. My jaw and left cheekbone broke. Half my face was bleeding; so was my brain. There were abrasions on my arms, shoulders, neck, and left leg. I needed surgery to fix my jaw.

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Music Interviews
11:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Brazilian Singer Comes Out From Her Mother's Shadow, Honors Her Legacy

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Sports
11:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NFL Players Association Still Not Satisfied By Concussion Settlement

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Beauty Shop
11:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Getting Married: Should You Wait Until You Can Afford It?

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

A customer stands at the counter at Unitransfer, a money transfer company at the Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:04 am

The giant remittances economy — which consists of folks, mainly immigrants, sending money across borders — has been expanding for years. In 2014, the World Bank expects that people will send $436 billion in remittances to developing countries (despite more deportations of migrant workers). And by 2016, the World Bank projects that global remittances will rise to $681 billion, with remittances to developing countries landing at $516 billion.

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Code Switch
2:09 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers

Serafin Blanco's discounted clothing store in Hialeah advertises its cheap deals. Cuban customers take their purchases back to Cuba to give to relatives or to sell, Blanco says.
Greg Allen NPR

On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah, Fla., is just as close to Havana. And now, more than ever, Cubans are flocking to Hialeah to shop, taking advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions.

"There are more Cubans here than any place besides Cuba," says Serafin Blanco, who owns a discount clothing store there.

Through these shopping expeditions, Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs can buy goods their customers need and can't find in their country — legally skirting the 50-year-old trade embargo.

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Parenting
12:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Why Aren't Men Asked If They Can 'Have It All'?

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News
12:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

For Residents, Chicago Violence Is 'Very Personal'

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to begin today in Chicago. Last night, a 19-year-old woman was killed and at least eight others were injured in shootings throughout the city. Now that was just Monday night. Those shootings came after the Fourth of July weekend, during which more than 80 people were shot and at least 14 people were killed.

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Money Coach
12:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

In A Tough Market For Old Furniture, Manage Your Expectations

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Law
12:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Is Age The New Frontier Of Voting Rights?

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Code Switch
1:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Asian-American Leadership Programs Tackle The 'Bamboo Ceiling'

Former Cisco Vice President Buck Gee speaks at the Advance Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives at Stanford University in 2011.
Dai Sugano/San Jose Mercury News MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:28 am

In the last few pages of a recent issue of The Economist, we spotted an advertisement for a leadership program specifically for Asian-American executives. The program charges $11,000 in tuition for a five-day session at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The purpose, says co-founder Buck Gee, is to provide companies with an "immediate solution" to tackle the lack of Asian-Americans in leadership roles.

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Music
12:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pink's 'Try' Encourages 'Tell Me More' Executive Producer

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:44 pm

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And finally it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. That's the part of the program where we ask some of our guests what they're listening to these days. But as this program winds down, our last broadcast is scheduled for August 1st, we thought it would be nice to hear what members of our staff are listening to. What they like to have playing as they workout, or chill out, or put the show together. So let's hear what the big boss, our executive producer Carline Watson, has on her playlist.

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Music Interviews
12:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:44 pm

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Sports
12:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Despite An Early Exit At Wimbledon, Serena Williams Still A 'Powerhouse'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:44 pm

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Now we head to London, where the Wimbledon tennis wrapped up on Sunday, with Novak Djokovic beating former champ Roger Federer. On Saturday, Petra Kvitova beat out Eugenie Bouchard to earn her second Wimbledon title. It was a tournament with plenty of drama and upsets. Joining us to tell us more about that is Hugh Muir. He's an editor with The Guardian and he covered Wimbledon for them. He's with us now from a studio at the paper. Welcome, thank you so much for joining us.

HUGH MUIR: You're absolutely welcome, Michel.

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