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My Big Break
12:54 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

A Brawl At Bar Brought Michael K. Williams His Big Break

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:37 pm

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Television
12:54 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The 'Shifting' TV News Landscape: Will It Be Good For Diversity?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:58 pm

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Religion
12:54 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Ramadan In A Warzone: Is This Time Of Reflection Enough To Stop Conflict?

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:37 pm

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Code Switch
5:53 am
Mon June 30, 2014

'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Spike Lee directed, wrote and starred in "Do the Right Thing." The landmark film prompted a national conversation about racial tension.
Universal The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:22 pm

Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing was hotly anticipated when it was released 25 years ago.

The film about racial tension reaches a boiling point on a scorching summer day in Brooklyn. All the action takes place on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City; a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live, Koreans and Italians work and the New York Police Department plays dirty.

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Code Switch
2:42 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Should Saying Someone Is 'Off The Reservation' Be Off-Limits?

Signs marking the entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota make it clear when you're literally "off the reservation," but the figurative meaning of the phrase has shifted over time.
Kristi Eaton AP

EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story. You can see the full series here.

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Strange News
10:55 am
Sun June 29, 2014

How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar

For William Tsutsui, incoming president of Hendrix College and author of Godzilla On My Mind, the iconic lizard is an obsession and an inspiration.
Hillsman Jackson

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:15 pm

Hendrix College, a small school outside of Little Rock, Ark., is about to get a new president. His name is William Tsutsui, a Princeton-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated economist, but he's best known for a certain expertise that has landed him the nickname Professor Godzilla.

Tsutsui first heard the infamous roar of the radioactive monster lizard when he was 8 years old, living in the tiny college town of Bryan, Texas.

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Code Switch
4:21 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss

Everything I Never Told You is Celeste Ng's debut novel about a Chinese-American family living in 1970s Ohio. She is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories.
Kevin Day The Penguin Press

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 5:22 pm

It's May, 1977, in small-town Ohio, and the Lee family is sitting down at breakfast. James is Chinese-American and Marilyn is white, and they have three children — two girls and a boy. But on this day, their middle child Lydia, who is also their favorite, is nowhere to be found.

That's how Celeste Ng's new novel, Everything I Never Told You, begins.

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Code Switch
3:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges

Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 8:46 am

President Obama issued a warning this week to any parents in Mexico and Central America considering allowing their children to cross the U.S. border alone.

"Do not send your children to the borders," he told ABC News. "If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."

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Barbershop
11:13 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Are Tight Pants On Men 'Gross'? The Guys Weigh In

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:25 am

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Health
11:13 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Black Men Can Be Emotional Eaters, Too

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:25 am

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Sports
11:13 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Are Americans Bothered By Soccer?

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:25 am

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And I do want to mention that we reached out to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they said their response to the situation was explained in the letter that was sent to Kelly that we talked about on the program, and they have no further comment.

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Faith Matters
11:13 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Excommunicated Mormon Says Church Can't Take Away Her Faith

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:55 pm

Kathleen Kelly was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for advocating that women be ordained. Host Michel Martin speaks with Kelly about her cause and her future with the Church.

Code Switch
10:03 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long?

Chappelle alluded to his decision to walk away from his hit Comedy Central show only obliquely.
Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 9:50 am

Just before Dave Chappelle took the stage Monday as part of a sold-out series of shows at Radio City Music Hall, a song featuring a loop of LL Cool J's famous opening line from "Mama Said Knock You Out" blasted over the sound system.

Don't call it a comeback!

You could take it as a suggestion that Chappelle had never really gone anywhere. Or you could read it as a coy reminder that none of us should get too comfortable, because Chappelle might bounce again at any moment.

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Interviews
12:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o's Father On His 'Wise' Daughter, Her Rising Fame

Peter Anyang Nyong'o is a Kenyan senator. He's also the father of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. He talks to host Michel Martin about his own history and his family's newfound fame.

Business
12:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Business Owners Have 'A Special Challenge' To Help Working Families

Business leaders and policymakers gathered at the White House to discuss how working families can get ahead. One participant explains how he feels companies can stay competitive and help families.

Politics
12:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Sen. Tim Scott's Mission: Build Wealth Among 'The Most Vulnerable'

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has become a leading conservative voice focused on building wealth among people of color. Scott tells host Michel Martin about his ideas for growing the economy.

Politics
12:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Political Chat: Primary Results, Boehner's Obama Lawsuit

Several primary elections wrapped up this week. Host Michel Martin speaks with two seasoned political analysts to learn more about the primary results and the races to watch later this year.

Code Switch
11:12 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Latinos Pledge Allegiance To More Than One Soccer Team

Team USA goalie Tim Howard reacts as Portugal scores its second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup match.
Warren Little Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:18 am

I would never have imagined that my immigrant mom, a Spanish teacher, a proud mexicana, would be cheering for Team USA in the World Cup. A few days ago I overheard her talking to my tía on the phone. She told her sister, "Isn't it great that the American team is playing so well? Now we have two teams to root for!"

Until then, I didn't realize cheering for two teams was an option. As a Latina living in the U.S., deciding whom to root for was like answering the question "where are you really from?"

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Code Switch
6:52 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Arrivals And Departures: Films Explore The Immigrant Experience

Marion Cotillard stars in The Immigrant, director James Gray's film about a Polish woman's experience after she disembarks at Ellis Island.
Anne Joyce Courtesy of the Weinstein Company

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:25 am

Immigrant stories are integral threads in the American narrative. And while there are many monuments and museums that testify to Americans' origins as immigrants, few films do the same.

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Code Switch
4:58 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

A Latino Political Machine Dawns In Harlem. (Well, Not Yet. Soon. Maybe)

Had he won the Democratic primary for New York's 13th Congressional District, Adriano Espaillat would have been the first Dominican-born member of Congress.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 5:49 pm

People have been waiting for Latinos to supplant blacks at the top of Upper Manhattan's political structure for some time. They're still waiting.

Back in 2012, Adriano Espaillat, the state senator who represents much of the West Side of Manhattan — including the heavily Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights — took on Charles Rangel, the grizzled, 20-term congressman who co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus, for the Democratic primary in New York's 13th District.

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Music
1:32 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Soca Musician Bunji Garlin's Favorite Music Takes Him To 'Dreamland'

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 8:03 am

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Finally today, it's time for the latest in our In Your Ear series. That's where we ask some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. In honor of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we are hearing from a star of Trinidadian Soca music.

BUNJI GARLIN: Hi. Hello, this is Bunji Garlin all the way from Trinidad and Tobago, and this is what's playing in my ear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET'S GET IT STARTED")

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Can I Just Tell You?
1:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Are We Doing Enough To Protect Our Children?

Two young girls at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection center in Nogales, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin ASSOCIATED PRESS

I walked my kids to their first day of summer camp and we had a slight disagreement over exactly where and when I was to let them go.

My son preferred that I remain at the foot of the stairs that led into the building. And honestly, if he'd had his druthers, I think he'd have preferred that I stopped at the corner. Whereas my daughter preferred that I walk all the way up the stairs and inside the gym. Truth be told, she probably wouldn't have minded at all if I'd stayed through lunch.

I opted to ignore my son's eye-rolling and go with my daughter's preference.

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Africa
1:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

In Nigeria, Pressure Continues To 'Bring Back Our Girls'

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Sports
1:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

World Cup: As Tournament Heats Up, Protests Simmer Down

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Beauty Shop
1:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Beauty Shop Ladies Remember The King Of Pop

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Code Switch
8:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:08 am

Just as there are those who seek to drag Mr. Jackson's name through the mud, there are those who insist that he was a saint, an angelic figure to be put on a pedestal. He was neither. Michael Jackson was, like all of us, a complicated human being. -- "Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days"

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Politics
4:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

David Goodman and Stosh Cotler of Bend the Arc at the U.S. Capitol.
Carrie Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:51 pm

One year ago, the Supreme Court threw out a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law gave the federal government a kind of veto power over voting arrangements in states with a history of discrimination. Now, without those protections, civil rights activists say many states are moving polling places and enacting laws that disproportionately hurt minorities.

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Code Switch
3:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegates and supporters stage a demonstration on the boardwalk in front of the Atlantic City Convention Center in 1964.
Courtesy of George Ballis/Take Stock

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:15 pm

As part of NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, TV critic Eric Deggans looks at a different kind of summertime journey, described in two books that became TV shows: PBS's documentary Freedom Summer, debuting tonight, and The Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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Code Switch
3:03 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

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Parenting
11:39 am
Tue June 24, 2014

What To Do If Your Child Is Not A Happy Camper

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