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7:03 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art

Yumi Sakugawa's book I Think I Am In Friend Love With You helps define the joys of modern friendships.
Yumi Sakugawa

About a month ago, I asked my followers on Twitter if they had any recommendations for a comic artist whose work I should check out. Person after person brought up Yumi Sakugawa, a California-based artist. And I was familiar with her work: she's the brains behind the ever-nostalgic strip, "Claudia Kishi: My Asian-American Female Role Model Of The 90s."

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Code Switch
2:15 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

2014: The Year We Weren't Shocked That People Of Color Watch Films?

The latest installment of Paranormal Activity has Latino themes and a Latino cast.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:27 pm

One of the stories of 2013 was that every time a movie with people of color in prominent roles got giant ratings, people were shocked. You could almost set your watch to this phenomenon, which Linda Holmes once memorably described as "fluke-ifying."

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Barbershop
10:03 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Did Activism Cost Punter His NFL Job?

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he was fired for speaking out about gay marriage rights — not poor performance. Is he right or just resentful? Host Michel Martin checks in with the barbershop guys for a fresh cut on that topic and other news.

Education
10:03 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Tough Lessons For Teachers Of Color

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Switching gears now. If you have school-age children, they're either home from school this week or just about to go back, so you're probably thinking ahead to what your student will be doing this spring or maybe even doing some snooping about who his or her teacher will be next year. But what you might not know is that for a fair number of teachers, this could be the beginning of the end of their teaching careers.

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Health Care
10:03 am
Fri January 3, 2014

New Year, New Health Care Plans ... Can Doctors Keep Up?

Thousands of Americans rang in 2014 with new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. But will doctors and hospitals start feeling the crunch? Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington Post health reporter Sarah Kliff.

Economy
10:03 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Could Salary Bump Mean Economic Slump?

Minimum wage workers in 13 states will see a bump in their paychecks this year. Host Michel Martin talks about the possible ripple effects of raising minimum wages. She's joined by Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Roben Farzad and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

Code Switch
11:11 am
Thu January 2, 2014

A Graduate Program Works To Diversify The Science World

Fisk University physics student Terreka Hart (foreground, left) looks on with a group of students from the Bridge Program — Melanie Brady, Bobby Jones, Rose Perea (seated) and Brenden Wiggins (pointing).
C. Coca Fisk University

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 5:06 pm

There is a widespread narrative in higher education that goes something like this: Colleges and universities have always accepted the best and brightest students; then, due to pressure from outside forces (some of them named "John F. Kennedy"), diversity was thrust upon the academy. In turn, schools meted out race-based scholarships, relaxed standards for certain students in order to fulfill quotas and — poof! — diversity.

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Beauty Shop
11:07 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

Law
10:53 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 11:07 am

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.

World
10:52 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Top Global Stories To Watch In 2014

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 7:57 am

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Code Switch
11:15 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Grantland Asks: Which Pop Culture Phenomenon Won 2013?

Beyonce hijacked the pop culture (and feminism) conversations for weeks. Pope Francis went about reorienting his billion-member church to the wider world, via surprise phone calls and selfies. And Miley Cyrus rankled, if only because she made your aunts talk about twerking.
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Gregorio Borgia/AP, Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 12:41 pm

Friend of the blog Rembert Browne and the folks at Grantland put together their annual year-end, winner-take-all tournament bracket to determine just who won pop culture in 2013. Yeah, it's a jokey project, but Grantland is better than just about anyone at considering our popular culture without moralizing didacticism or snarky dilettantism.

Rembert came up with a diverse field full of 32 entities that we had to reckon with this year, including:

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Code Switch
6:02 am
Wed January 1, 2014

How To Pitch Stories To Code Switch

ThomasSoerenes Flickr

Like every team of reporters and editors at a major news outlet, Code Switch gets a lot of pitches for stories, and we can only greenlight a small percentage of them. The majority are from publicists interested in having us cover one of their clients. But we also get a healthy stream of pitches from potential freelancers.

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Code Switch
2:19 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry asked her guests to comment on this photo of Mitt Romney's family, which included Romney's adopted grandson.
MSNBC

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:44 pm

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of an MSNBC weekend show, apologized on Tuesday for comments she and her panelists recently made. On Sunday, Harris-Perry had her guests — a group of comedians — caption a photo of Mitt Romney's family, which included Romney's adopted grandchild.

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Middle East
2:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Malala Yousafzai's Hope Is Stronger Than Ever

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 7:45 am

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Faith Matters
1:48 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Elizabeth Smart Shares About Her Faith And Kidnapping

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 7:45 am

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Books
1:48 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Nikki Giovanni Chases Beer And Family

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 7:45 am

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Parenting
11:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Parent Resolutions For 2014: Less Telling, More Listening

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. Today, for our last parenting roundtable of the year, we decided to look back at 2013 in parenting, and we ask some of our regular contributors and you to share some of your best and worst parenting moments of the year.

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Law
11:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Deported Parents Struggle To Regain Custody

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Politics
11:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Cruz Green Eggs And Ham: Political Hit Or Miss?

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I'm Michel Martin. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, parenting can sometimes seem like the best of times and the worst of times. We'll check in with our diverse roundtable of parents to talk about some of our biggest parenting hits and misses of the year. And we'll hear from you. But first, we're going to continue our special annual Tell Me Awards for this year's best and worst performances in politics, depending on your point of view.

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Politics
11:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

'Tell Me Awards' Spotlight Year's Political Highs And Lows

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Code Switch
10:45 am
Tue December 31, 2013

As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

The limousine carrying mortally-wounded President John F. Kennedy races toward Parkland Hospital in Dallas just seconds after he was shot.
Justin Newman AP

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:30 am

As 2013 winds down, so does @Todayin1963, Code Switch's historical Twitter account. Since June, I've been "live-tweeting" moments from 50 years ago as if they were happening today, picking slices of that year that might have made their ways into people's Twitter timelines had tweeting been a thing back then.

It's been an obsessive project, to say the least.

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Code Switch
6:08 am
Tue December 31, 2013

2013 Signoffs II: More Short Stories About Remarkable Lives

1972's Solid Rock was the first album to feature the Temptations' new additions, Damon Harris and Richard Street. They got top placement on the album cover.
Motown Records

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:09 am

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Code Switch
3:41 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

2013 Signoffs: Short Stories About A Few Remarkable Lives

Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman's writing often drew from her struggles as a black woman. She died at age 67 in November.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:31 pm

Before 2013 ends, the Code Switch team pauses to remember some remarkable individuals who died this year and whose stories you might not have heard.

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Code Switch
2:50 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Why Being 'Gypped' Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You

The Three Stooges movie Gypped In the Penthouse is one of many pieces of media that uses the pejorative.
Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:13 am

I never thought about the etymology of the verb "gypped" until the end of college, when my friend, lamenting his stolen iPod, said the word and immediately retracted it. "Isn't that offensive?" he wondered. Until that moment, I had never thought about it either. What sparked our unease was the sudden realization that "gypped" was somehow tied to "gypsy."

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Code Switch
11:45 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Make It So: Sir Patrick Stewart Moos In Udder Accents

A Jersey cow enjoys the sunshine in Jersey, one of the British Channel Islands.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:06 am

Cow-d it really be? Have our ears herd this correctly? (Sorry, I can't help myself.)

Patrick Stewart — ahem, Sir Patrick Stewart — mooed up a storm on the podcast How To Do Everything, impersonating cows from various regions. You might even say Stewart was code-switching.

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Around the Nation
10:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Son Offers Advice For Keeping Promises

New Years' resolutions, whether they're about family, money or health, are often forgotten in a matter of weeks. Now a social entrepreneur is encouraging people to keep their promises all year long. Host Michel Martin speaks with Alex Sheen, the founder of the group, Because I Said I Would.

Africa
10:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

South Sudan Violence: 'The Stories They Tell Are Horrible'

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:09 am

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Happy holidays to you, and thanks to my colleague Celeste Headlee for sitting in for me while I was away. With New Year's around the corner, you might be thinking about New Year's resolutions. We'll meet a young man who's made keeping his promises a year-round commitment. We'll hear from him and how he's inspiring others to do the same thing. That's later. But we want to start the program today by bringing you up to date on developments in the world's newest country, South Sudan.

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Music Interviews
10:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Muslim Pop Star Yuna Climbs The U.S. Charts

Yuna doesn't just make music but also runs a fashion boutique where she sells funky but modest clothes.
Autumn de Wilde

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:43 pm

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Music
10:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New Rendition of Woody Guthrie's 'Deportee' Song

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:51 pm

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Race
10:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study in 2012 showing that African-Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group. Tracey Webb, founder of The Black Benefactors and BlackGivesBack.com, talks to host Michel Martin about African-American philanthropy.

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