Code Switch

U.S.
10:45 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Sandy Relief: Still Rebuilding A Year Later

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy battered the northeastern coast causing massive damage to homes and businesses. But how does the recovery look today? Host Michel Martin speaks to WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen and New Jersey relief volunteer Jim Davis to find out.

Parenting
10:45 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Pocahontas And Gangstas: Has Halloween Gotten Too PC?

Each year, Halloween brings out the funny, scary and sometimes racist costumes. This year, a young man is getting criticized for wearing blackface to portray slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Our diverse panel of parents gives their take on when dress-up goes too far.

Code Switch
9:24 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Talk To The Head Honcho; He Speaks Japanese

The Japanese army presses forward in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:47 am

Picture the "head honcho" of an organization and what comes to mind are boardrooms, power and wealth, an individual at the top of his or her game.

But where did the word "honcho" originate? While the word is often mistakenly believed to have Spanish origins, it actually traces its roots to American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.

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Theater
11:15 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Condola Rashad: A Fresh Face To The Classic 'Juliet'

Condola Rashad stars opposite Orlando Bloom in the new Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet.
Carol Rosegg

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:02 pm

Many people might know Condola Rashad as the daughter of actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and NFL sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. The 26-year-old got Tony Award nominations for her performances in Stick Fly and The Trip to Bountiful. Now she takes on her first lead role on Broadway in the new production of Romeo & Juliet. Her Romeo is Orlando Bloom of Lord of the Rings fame.

Condola Rashad spoke with Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee about making the iconic role her own.

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Technology
11:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Putting The Spotlight On Blacks In Tech

Pitch Mixer founder Ayori Selassie speaking at an entrepreneur forum.
Tamara Orozco

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 2:14 pm

Representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are meeting in Stanford this week to talk about African Americans in the tech world.

According to a recent study by the National Science Foundation, Black men and women made up 5 percent of scientists and engineers working in their field in 2010.

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Television
11:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Sean Combs' Revolt TV: Puff Daddy Magic?

Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs has launched his own channel for cable. Revolt TV aims to bring a new generation - and its love of social media - to music television. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the venture with NPR television correspondent and critic Eric Deggans.

National Security
11:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

International Bugging: Why The U.S. Snoops

News organizations in France, Germany and Spain have reported wide-spread monitoring by the National Security Agency in their countries. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with journalists from Der Spiegel and Le Figaro, about the recent revelations.

Code Switch
3:27 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Roma Children Removals Make Us Wonder What Family Looks Like

The little girl known as "Maria" is at the center of a messy case in Greece. Police removed her from her Roma home on suspicions that the blond, blue-eyed girl had been kidnapped.
AP

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 5:16 pm

Several recent cases of suspected kidnapping involving the Roma in Europe have had some some odd but peculiar resonances for 21st-century American life.

In one case, the police received a tip that a blond, blue-eyed girl was living with a Roma family in a Dublin suburb. The tipster believed that the 7-year-old didn't look like the Roma family with whom she lived. The police came and removed the child from the home, despite protests from the Roma family that the child was part of their family.

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Code Switch
5:01 am
Sun October 27, 2013

N.Y. Chinatown Family Finds Roots In Early Chinese Cinema

Harold Lee's son Henry, perched on the roof of a camera truck, helped produce and import Chinese-language films from Hong Kong and China in the late 1940s.
Courtesy of the Lee Family

Douglas Lee thought he knew just about everything about the family business.

Since the late 1930s, the Lee family has sold insurance at 31 Pell Street in New York City's Chinatown. Their entrepreneurial roots in the Chinese-American community stretch back to 1888, when the Lees opened a grocery store at the same location.

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Code Switch
4:12 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Photographing Puerto Rican New York, With A 'Sympathetic Eye'

Miguel Piñero of the Nuyorican literary movement and poet Sandra Maria Esteves on the train in New York City in 1977.
Bolivar Arellano

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 8:31 pm

In the raging 1970s, New York City was dangerous, broke and at times on fire.

Latinos in the city were taking to the streets, running for office and carving out artistic spaces. "Latino" at the time in New York meant "Puerto Rican."

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Code Switch
7:07 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Fusion Wants Young Latinos To Turn On Their TVs

A countdown clock at Fusion's Miami studio tracks the time until the network's Monday launch.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 8:47 am

The generation now coming of age in the U.S — sometimes called the millennials — is the largest ever. They pose a problem for television broadcasters: Many millennials watch little or no live TV.

On Monday, ABC and Univision are joining forces to launch a cable channel that hopes to change that. Fusion plans to attract a young audience by blending news with entertainment and humor. And it's aiming for a specific group of millennials — young Latinos.

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Code Switch
11:10 am
Fri October 25, 2013

It's Their Money; They Can Buy What They Want To

There's been lots of attention paid lately to black shoppers at Barneys, the high-end retailer. Ahem.

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Barbershop
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

'Shop-And-Get-Frisked' When You Spend $350 At Barneys

A young black man is suing high-end retailer Barneys, saying he was arrested after buying a $350 belt. Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys for a fresh cut on that story and the rest of the week's news.

Around the Nation
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Parents Fight To Reopen Case After Questioning Son's Death

Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a wrestling mat at school earlier this year. Authorities ruled it an accident but his parents and neighbors think there was foul play. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with reporter Fred Rosen.

World
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Do Pakistanis Support U.S. Drone Attacks?

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:44 am

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Fitness & Nutrition
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

How To 'Eat Good' In The 'Hood'

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially if you're on a tight budget. Host Michel Martin asks health guru and rapper Stic, of the rap duo Dead Prez, for his suggestions on eating well while on a so-called "hood" budget.

Code Switch
4:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Football Player Boycott At Grambling Highlights Budget Woes

A sparse but enthusiastic crowd watches Jackson State during a scrimmage at homecoming. Jackson State filed suit against Grambling State for lost revenue after a boycott by Grambling players prompted Jackson State's homecoming game to be canceled.
Charles Smith AP

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 4:57 pm

If you're not a big college football fan, you may have missed the story of an unprecedented player revolt.

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Movies
11:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

'Mother Of George' A Complicated Love Story

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:07 am

The struggle of infertility can bring tensions to any marriage. The new film, Mother of George, shines a light on how that experience affects a newlywed Nigerian couple living in New York. Host Michel Martin speaks with director Andrew Dosunmu and actress Danai Gurira about the film.

Latin America
11:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Riding The Beast: A Dangerous Migration

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:07 am

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Economy
11:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Economic Mobility: America's Frontier Blocked?

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:07 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We are going to talk a bit today about people on the move. Around the world and throughout time, people have moved from one place to another in search of better lives. But how they're doing it and how much they're doing it are changing. Coming up, we'll look at how thousands of Central Americans are trying to pass through Mexico to the U.S. border every year by clinging to the tops of rusty cargo trains.

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Health Care
11:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Obamacare Website Mess: Whose Fault Is It?

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:07 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's no secret that it's getting harder to move on up in this country, to achieve upward mobility that is. Last week, we asked whether the ability of Americans to literally move to different parts of the country is playing a role in this. We heard from so many listeners about this that we decided to dig into the story a bit more, and we'll have that in just a few minutes.

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Music
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Actress Alfre Woodard On The Music That Moves Her

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional series we call In Your Ear. That's where some of the guests of our program tell us about the music that's on their personal playlists. Today, we hear some of the songs that actress Alfre Woodard likes to groove to. Alfre Woodard is certainly known for a long list of impactful appearances, most recently in the film "12 Years a Slave." Here's what's playing in her ear.

ALFRE WOODARD: Hi, I'm Alfre Woodard. And right now, playing in my ear is Trombone Shorty, "Something Beautiful."

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Sports
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Grambling Football Strike: Do College Athletes Have Rights?

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U.S.
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Belafonte And MLK Family Take Memorabilia Dispute To Court

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We'd like to turn now to a different subject, a painful one for those who follow the history of the civil rights movement. What we want to tell you about a lawsuit filed by the famed entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte. He filed suit last Tuesday against the three surviving children of Martin Luther King Jr. At issue is a document - well, actually, three documents - that were formally part of Belafonte's collection of photos, letters and memorabilia that chronicled his friendship with Dr. King.

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Around the Nation
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Marketing To Latinos: 'We Don't Fit Into A Box'

Latinos are one of the fastest growing segments of the population, but marketers aren't always keeping up with them. Host Michel Martin speaks with Chiqui Cartagena, the Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Univision, and author of Latino Boom II.

U.S.
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

What Latinos Want From Immigration Reform

President Obama recently announced that he would be turning his attention to immigration reform. But what's a realistic expectation, and what are immigrant communities really hoping for? Host Michel Martin talks with Fernando Espuelas of Univision, and Eduardo De Souza, a soccer coach at Longwood University.

Code Switch
10:28 am
Wed October 23, 2013

It Takes A Classroom To Learn The Family Language

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 3:32 pm

Call it a linguistic identity crisis.

Growing up in Westchester, N.Y., 25-year-old Danielle Alvarez says, she and her two siblings didn't have much need for Spanish. With few other Hispanic families around, she got by with the few phrases she had picked up from her Mexican-born father: good night, put a coat on, be careful.

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Code Switch
10:17 am
Wed October 23, 2013

A Roundup Of Stories On Race and Ethnicity

Biggie's likeness can be seen all over Brooklyn, but a push to name a corner after the slain rap icon has met with stiff resistance from a local community board.
Wally Gobetz Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 2:23 pm

We're reading and writing about race all the time here at Code Switch, but we don't get to blog about everything we see. Here are some stories that are worth your time.

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Code Switch
1:23 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ask Me Anything: On Bluefield State, America's Whitest Black College

Conley Hall is the home of the library and administrative offices of Bluefield State College.
Jon C. Hancock AP

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:56 pm

On Monday, the folks over at Reddit were kind enough to have my colleague Shereen Marisol Meraji and me on to do an Ask Me Anything on our recent reporting on Bluefield State College in West Virginia. Bluefield State is a historically black college, but today it's nearly 90 percent white.

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Race
11:57 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Henry Louis Gates Jr. On Untangling African-American History

The African Americans takes a global view of history.
Peter Simon

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 12:56 pm

The history of Africans in the Americas is a long and complicated one, filled with tragic twists and hopeful turns. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has taken on the task of telling the story in its entirety in the new PBS documentary The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

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