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Latin America
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can 'Bridge The Gap'

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:28 pm

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Africa
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:28 pm

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Television
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Playing 'Crazy Eyes' Taught Actress 'It's OK To Be Just You'

Uzo Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black.
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Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:47 pm

Uzo Aduba channels many conflicting emotions as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's original hit series Orange Is the New Black. The character is at once aggressive, tender, terrifying and vulnerable. That balancing act recently earned Aduba an Emmy nomination.

So it seems fitting that her full name, Uzoamaka, means "the road is good."

But she tells NPR's Michel Martin that she hasn't always been so comfortable with that name.

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Code Switch
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Breaking Out The Broken English

"The 'Asian accent' tells the story of Chinese-American assimilation in a nutshell," Arthur Chu writes.
Ida Mae Astute Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:30 pm

A little part of me cringes every time I do it, but at this point it's second nature.

It's hard to describe in words, but it involves a lot of leveling, a lot of smoothing. The tongue stays closer to the center of the mouth rather than doing the pronounced, defined highs and lows that shape the L and R sounds. The vocal cords vibrate in smooth, singing tones rather than doing the little hop up and down that makes for a normal American English syllable.

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Can I Just Tell You?
12:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Making Space For People Who Are Out Of the Spotlight

Tell Me More host Michel Martin.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:02 am

A very smart person I know, a long time civil rights activist, told me once that "gratitude is overrated."

Now, I know that sounds harsh, but what I think she meant was that some people, especially, in her view, women, are too often too quick to settle for less than they deserve. She was talking about people who are so conditioned to have nothing, that they are just too happy when they get even a little.

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Wisdom Watch
12:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Former CNN Anchor Kept Cool, But Paid The Price Of Success

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

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Education
11:49 am
Wed July 30, 2014

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

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

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Beauty Shop
11:48 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Beauty Shop Ladies Weigh In On The Importance Of Mentors

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

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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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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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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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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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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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