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Humans
11:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Rita and Jay Fischer
StoryCorps

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

OutLoud, a new StoryCorps project, records and amplifies the voices of the LGBTQ community.

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer remembers the phone call she got when her son Jay Fischer told her he is gay. It was the 1980s, and she says she had no idea.

"When you called and came out, it was quite a shock. I had no inkling--none whatsoever. You tell me you're gay, and I said, 'Listen. Give me a half hour to come to myself, and I'll call you back,'" she tells her son on a visit to StoryCorps in New York City.

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Code Switch
10:08 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

Several languages share space on library shelves.
Courtesy of Queens Library

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:51 pm

The aggressive vibrato of the bandoneon hung in the air. While the tango singer spoke of romantic spats, hopeless drunkards and lonely whores, an elderly Argentine couple clasped hands.

The haunting music would have made for a steamy evening if not for the setting. The celebration of Argentine tango took place not in some hip Latin club on the Lower East Side or in a dark corner of a Buenos Aires cafe, but in a drab basement room with plastic chairs and gray walls in the Jackson Heights branch of the Queens Library.

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Parenting
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

After 7 Years, Moms Panelists Share How They've Changed

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Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

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Parenting
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Where Do Dads Go For Parenting Advice?

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Tue July 29, 2014

What We See In The Eric Garner Video, And What We Don't

Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said.
Family Photo via National Action Network/AP AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:13 pm

The rough grooves of the Eric Garner story probably feel familiar to lots of folks by now: an unarmed black man dies after an encounter with the police, agitating old tensions between residents and the officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

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Code Switch
3:56 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

Hall sits in a sunny bay window to write. "My first drafts are always in long hand, on legal pads," she explains. "I love putting pen to paper."
Andre Ellis

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:35 am

Rachel Howzell Hall is easing her big, laurel green Mercedes sedan through the streets of Los Angeles. A slim woman with big eyes, Hall says this Benz is her dream car, the thing she'd planned to buy for herself once she'd become a successful writer, probably around age 50.

But something happened to speed up her schedule.

"When I was 33 years old," Hall says, "I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying."

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Code Switch
3:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:55 pm

For many writers, the migrant's journey is a storytellers' dream. The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and inherent literary drama. While trains and planes become the mundane means of transportation for most travelers, those trips can herald life-changing transformations for a migrant remaking his or her life through that journey.

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Money Coach
11:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances

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Media
11:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

NPR's New CEO Hopes To Improve Diversity At The Network

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. As you may have heard, our last program is this Friday, August 1.

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Music Lists
11:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

NPR CEO Appreciates The Unique Sound Of Future's 'Look Ahead'

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:55 pm

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Wisdom Watch
11:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Iyanla Vanzant: Clarity, Forgiveness Key To Tackling Big Transitions

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Code Switch
4:11 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

On Wednesday, Lifetime premiered BAPs, a reality show that follows "an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as 'BAPs' — Black American Princesses and Princes."
Richard Knapp

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 6:29 pm

TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows — stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance — starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup with the premiere of a new "docu-series" called BAPs. BAPs stands for Black American Prince or Princess. The reality show follows a group of young, wealthy African Americans in St. Louis through dinner parties and shouting matches.

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Code Switch
5:34 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business

An estimated 175,000 people travel to New Mexico in August to view Native American art.
Larry Lamsa Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:26 pm

The 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market is only a month away. It's the biggest and best-known destination for Native artists and Native art collectors on the planet, and this year, it's got competition — a new event called the Indigenous Fine Arts Market.

Native American art and culture is big business. If you don't believe that, look no further than the controversial or illegal sides of the market. If you've been paying attention over the last year, you've seen some lurid and fascinating headlines:

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Barbershop
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?

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Music Lists
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Rapping 'Ice Ice Baby,' TMM Producer Doesn't Miss A Beat

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:55 pm

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Education
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

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Politics
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

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Sports
7:14 am
Fri July 25, 2014

At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

A Washington Redskins helmet lies on the turf at the football team's training facility in Richmond, Va.
AP

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 2:52 pm

Washington, D.C.'s football team has opened its training camp in Richmond, Va., just weeks after trademark registrations for its name were revoked.

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Music Lists
11:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Erykah Badu's 'Tyrone' Gives TMM Producer Amazing Stage Presence

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:56 pm

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Interviews
11:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Performer Rita Moreno's Famed Career Was 'Meant To Be'

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Media
11:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders

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Health
11:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Effective New HIV Treatment Makes Researcher 'Hopeful' In Fighting Epidemic

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Code Switch
1:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice

Pedestrians stand beside a memorial for Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by New York City police.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 6:59 pm

The past few days have brought a whole lot of important (and pretty sobering) news around race and policing. Here are some of the biggest stories that have landed on our radar.

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Wisdom Watch
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'

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Economy
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?

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Music Interviews
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

'Traces Of Blue' Blends Jazz And Pop To Create Unique Sound

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Music
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Host Michel Martin Takes Musical Cues From Directors

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:56 pm

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Author Interviews
1:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

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Parenting
11:07 am
Tue July 22, 2014

When It Comes To Other People's Kids, Should Parents Intervene?

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:03 pm

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