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11:23 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Young People Want Equality But Struggle To Discuss Bias

These protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court in favor of affirmative action last fall, but MTV found that majorities of young people, across races, opposed racial preferences of any kind.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:53 pm

One oft-employed generalization about The Kids These Days is that they've grown up free from the legalized discrimination and racial neuroses of older generations, and they will live in a more multicultural world with less racism. But do we even know if that's true?

MTV, that reliable weather vane of popular youth culture, wanted to find out. It polled a nationally representative sample of people ages 14 to 24 about their views on bias and identity.

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Education
10:37 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Educating Girls: Big Payoff For $45 A Year

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:37 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Nigeria has been in the news a lot lately. That's since the militant Islamic organization Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls on April 15. Professed to be against Western education, Boko Haram took the girls away from their books and their teachers and have threatened to sell them as wives and slaves.

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Music
10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Ledisi performs at the 2013 BET Honors awards. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammy awards over the past 10 years.
Kris Connor Getty Images for BET

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:37 am

Singer songwriter Ledisi has had eight Grammy nominations, and says she is grateful for that. "I would like to win, but it will happen when its time."

For more than 10 years, Ledisi has garnered an international fan base while striving to grow her musical abilities.

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Around the Nation
10:34 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Pact That Turned A Juvenile Delinquent Into A Medical Doctor

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:37 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Our friends at All Things Considered have been collecting stories of moments when people's careers took off. It's called My Big Break.

They recently spoke to Dr. Sampson Davis who grew up in the rough parts of Newark, N.J. He talked about how doing a stint in juvie put his life in perspective.

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U.S.
10:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Black, Gay And Scared Of Sex

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:39 am

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Around the Nation
10:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Jay Z Has Another Problem To Add To His 99

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:25 am

Social media is still buzzing about the video of Beyonce's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z while leaving a party. But is it any of our business? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

Politics
10:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Sen. Scott: Democrats Too Focused On Symptoms Of Poverty?

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:39 am

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Can I Just Tell You?
10:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

'Too Crisp And Self-Assured?' Take It As A Compliment, Ladies

Newscaster Barbara Walters prepares for her debut on ABC's evening news on October 4, 1976.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:41 am

A shout out to Barbara Walters on the occasion of her last official week on the air. Her Friday appearance on The View, the talk show she founded, is scheduled to be her last regular appearance on the air.

While we could certainly spend the next few minutes paying tribute to her for all the juicy scoops she has landed and all the glass ceilings she has busted, what I really want to do is point out what her life story has to do with another ongoing story — the plight of the kidnapped Nigerian girls whose ordeal enters its fourth week.

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Code Switch
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

New Orleans police investigate a shooting in February. Though the city's murder rate is down for a second straight year, it's still high compared with other cities.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:25 am

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

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Code Switch
4:33 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

You'll Be Seeing More Asian-Americans On Network TV This Fall

John Cho and Karen Gillan star in Selfie, an ABC comedy that will roll out this fall.
Eric McCandless ABC

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:36 pm

Back in the '90s, comedian Margaret Cho starred in a little-loved, short-lived sitcom called All-American Girl. It was the first and only network sitcom to feature an Asian-American family (a fictional Korean-American family, in fact). It was pretty bland, and to the chagrin of many critics, the characters were painted with very broad strokes.

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Parenting
10:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Parents Draw The Line On Teen Relationships And Social Media

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:05 pm

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Money Coach
10:19 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Here's How You Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 3:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We'd like to turn now to personal finance. We've been hearing a lot about identity theft in recent years. Law enforcement says it's one of the fastest growing crimes, and it can have serious repercussions. Victims of identity theft have often been denied credit they deserve and even jobs, not to mention the hours of time spent writing letters and making telephone calls to clean up the mess.

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Education
10:19 am
Tue May 13, 2014

What Drives Protests On Campus?

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's commencement season. You might be headed to one this weekend. And while you're probably most concerned with seeing your loved one get that piece of paper, these days many students and faculty are showing new interest in who offers those often banal but still widely noted commencement remarks.

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Law
10:19 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Around The Country: Not All Judges Say 'I Do'

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:10 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Same-sex marriage is back in the headlines this week. In Arkansas, gay and lesbian couples are lining up for marriage licenses after a state judge struck down its ban. Today in Virginia, a federal appeals court is hearing a challenge to the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. But these are just two of many cases winding through the courts across the country.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Race Alone Doesn't Explain Hatred Of Obama, But It's Part Of The Mix

President Obama speaks at a news briefing in July about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 11:31 am

It's a fact of American life that a good share of the electorate is disappointed, disapproving and even disdainful of President Obama. What's less certain are the reasons why.

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Code Switch
6:58 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: 'Bring Back Our Girls!'

In Bowie, Md., girls raise their signs in protest of the Nigerian government's fruitless search efforts, and in solidarity with the schoolgirls still missing.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:26 pm

It has been four weeks since more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school. In that month, search efforts for the girls have been largely fruitless, even as media outlets continue to spread their story. It's caught the attention of communities around the world, including many Nigerian-Americans living in the U.S.

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Code Switch
6:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Donald Sterling Says He Isn't A Racist. Is Anyone?

Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, might be forced by the league's owners to sell his franchise.
Mark J. Terrill ASSOCIATED PRESS

Last week, I was having a conversation with a woman who said that her father was distrustful of people of other races. When I asked her if she considered her father a racist, she balked at the premise of the question. When I think of a racist, I think of the worst kind of person, she said. And anyway, she said, her father didn't like anybody.

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Books
11:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. If you follow politics at all, then you probably know that Congressman James Clyburn is one of the most powerful people on Capitol Hill. The South Carolina native first elected in 1992 is now the third-ranking Democrat serving in the House, known both for his Southern charm and for his willingness to fight hard when he thinks the occasion warrants.

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Digital Life
11:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Clouds Are Convenient, But Be Paranoid To Protect Personal Data

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now. You're probably seeing a lot of ads for smartphones and other gadgets that a graduate might like. There are a lot out there, and they're changing all the time. And that made us think that technology is not the only thing changing quickly. There are also new ways to store information. We're no longer storing documents and photos on hard drives or USB sticks or even CDs or floppy disks, if you remember those.

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Education
11:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Asian-Americans Are Successful, But No Thanks To Tiger Parenting

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. This is Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage month. That's a time set aside to acknowledge the contributions of people from these backgrounds to the bigger American story. Undeniably, when many Americans look for role models for educational achievement, many find them in Asian-American homes.

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Politics
11:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Is White House Doing Enough To 'Bring Back Our Girls'?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start the week with politics, but it is a political story that is hitting close to home for many Americans and, as it turns out, for the White House. There was a very personal message from the White House this weekend about the hundreds of school girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria in April by religious extremists. First lady Michelle Obama focused on the issue for her Mother's Day video statement.

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Code Switch
2:46 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California

Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. CEO David Tran has been at odds with the local City Council over the smells emitted by the sauce factory.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:53 pm

Sriracha hot sauce-maker Huy Fong Foods has been tussling with the City Council of Irwindale, Calif., near Los Angeles for months now over whether the factory's spicy smells harm its neighbors. There have been legal action and suggested fixes, but also pleas from other cities for the company to consider moving there.

David Tran, the CEO of Huy Fong, says he escaped from Vietnam almost 35 years ago to be free of the communist government there and its many intrusions.

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Code Switch
12:47 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You

This story may well sour any pleasant childhood memories of chasing after ice cream trucks in the summer.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 10:03 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is about a virulently racist song. Read no further if you wish to avoid racist imagery and slurs.

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History
4:23 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History

A group of Asian-Americans, including descendants of Chinese railroad workers, recreated an iconic photo on the 145th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad's completion at Promontory Summit, Utah.
Courtesy of Corky Lee

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 8:55 pm

East finally met West 145 years ago on America's first transcontinental railroad.

The symbolic hammering of a golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, completed the connection between the country's two coasts and shortened a cross-country trip of more than six months down to a week.

Much of the building was done by thousands of laborers brought in from China, but their faces were left out of photographs taken on that momentous day.

Over the years, one photograph in particular from May 10, 1869, has taken root in U.S. history.

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Code Switch
9:29 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Breaking Things Up: 'Senior Black Correspondent' Gets Colbert Slot

Larry Wilmore accepts the best talk show award for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in June 2013.
Frank Micelotta Invision/AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 9:43 pm

It's not often the gods of TV hand you almost exactly what you ask for.

So it's time to praise Comedy Central for trying something different in late night, handing Stephen Colbert's time slot to the guy who plays The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent," Larry Wilmore.

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Code Switch
5:04 am
Sat May 10, 2014

With Great Korean Barbecue Comes Great Responsibility

As far as stock images go, this one of Korean barbecue seems pretty tasty.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:41 am

Go hunting for the best barbecue in America and you might end up in a city that surprises you: Los Angeles. Specifically, the L.A. neighborhood known as Koreatown.

I'm talking about Korean barbecue. If you're unfamiliar, that's thinly sliced, marinated meat grilled right in front of you. Trust me, it's awesome (this guy knows what I'm talking about).

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Code Switch
3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Spain Fines Team Of Racist, Banana-Throwing Fan, But Is It Enough?

Levante's Pape Diop, from Senegal, was taunted by fans of rival Atletico Madrid who made monkey noises during a match in Madrid on Sunday.
Alberto Saiz AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 12:40 pm

Days after a banana was thrown at a black soccer player in Spain, igniting an uproar over racism in European sports, a new controversy has erupted over how to punish racist fans.

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Around the Nation
3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Federal Goverment Jeopardizes Navajo Family's Ties To Its Home

Navajo elder Stella Peshlakai Smith, 89, stands at a traditional dwelling on her homestead at Wupatki National Monument in 2014. The National Park Service says her children cannot stay when she dies.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:46 am

At 89 years old, Stella Peshlakai Smith shuffles around her Arizona yard in white tennis shoes and a long traditional Navajo skirt. She points to her ceremonial home, called a hogan. "My father made this one [almost 100 years ago]," Smith says. Her modern house sits next door.

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Around the Nation
11:18 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Long After Lewinsky Scandal, Time To 'Bury The Blue Dress'?

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 11:40 am

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Health
11:18 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Midwifery: A Profession Of Passion, For Men Too

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 11:39 am

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